Managed to get it off last night, and its horrible. I'd rather pull the engine to do this job than the way I did it. I managed to get the bolt to the oil pump off and drop it in the pan, but since the oil pump has a long "pole" going back into the engine rotating the oil pan out and keeping that straight all the way down way a nightmare. Taking it out was the easy part, putting the new pan up while trying to get the oil pump to go back in at the same time is almost impossible (even with two people). I managed to install the oil pump with the bolt barely threaded and with a little force slid the oil pan up.
The inspection plate cover in this experience doesn't come off unless the tranny and engine are separated.
Also I ended up having a rear tire go flat in this process making the engine mounts not line up correctly when trying to place them back down, had to undo the trans mount and mess with it for a few minutes to get it to go back in place.
I'd consider this a 4 hour project for someone that has done it already, 8 hours to a random mechanic, and 20+ hours to someone (like me) randomly trying to do it.