first off i assume this is an I6, which i'm not as familiar with at least as far as removing but i ASSuME you get to the TC bolts the same as the V8, take off the starter and look at the flexplate through that hole. should see the bolts about 1" off of the teeth
back in the old days before interchangeable bellhousings you could just take the bottom cover off the trans, easy peasy. modular design has really made it a pain in the ass
you're sure the bellhousing bolts are out? because you should be able to at least separate it a hair with the tc still bolted to the engine. if the bellhousing bolts are out, the tc is unbolted, and the motor mounts are unbolted (theres only 2, and one trans mount that you're not going to touch), just start yanking _SLOWLY_ and watch for stuff you forgot (fuel line(s), EVAP, heater hoses, AC, power steering, harness plugs (lots of harness plugs). it will eventually come out.
getting it back in and running is another matter lol take pics if you need to before you start pulling plugs off stuff