Don't know about the 3.0, but when I did my 4.0......
I took the y pipe off, others squeezed the tranny out w/o it. I could not, and those bolts were a HUGE PITA.
Starter did have to come out. (actually unbolted from bellhousing)
Get a trans jack, or at least the one that adapts a car jack to one. That was priceless on my solo install.
Busted one bolt on the tcase, had to drill that one out and use a bolt.
That's the "highlights" that I remember....