Thanks. I got it out and put back together. Time to put it back in.it is actually easier to remove the intake manifold (both lower and top) as that will give you a clear line of site to the starter and a normal 12mm wrench will fit on the tranny side and then use a ratchet on the motor side.
Dumb move on my part. I thought I could take the top part of the starter off to give myself room to plug in the rear knock sensor and be able to put it back together in the car. Not a chance in hell.
Edit: 20 minutes to put it back in. Not bad.