Hope so, for your sake... I managed to get within a quarter-inch or so on my '96 but could not get the fucking thing out without pulling the cylinder head... it *might* have come out if I removed the alternator drive casting but it wasn't enough of a sure thing to make it worth a failed attempt.
You sure can. A couple corners of it may end up a bit knackered, but not it will come out.
Now putting it back in after is another thing. If you plan on putting it back, dont remove it unless you have a high frustration tolerance or are willing to loosen the motor mounts to swing the motor forward.