Back in the day when i pulled the 4.6 out of mine i pulled it with the trans on it. With that said i would never wish that much of a pain on anyone. It is a million times easier to pull the trans and pull the motor straight up. I used about 4ft of extensions to reach the top trans bolts.
2012 F150 5.0 4x4
2012 GT E85, full exhaust, nitrous express-sold
97 F150 Blankenship Tuned best of a 7.22 at 96mph and a 1.55 60ft with a ported eaton, under the knife again for a turbo build.-Sold