.........and relax. The nasty passenger side drive shaft is out, and so is the clutch input shaft The drive shaft i did in about 2 minutes by taking the diff sump plate off and then driving a bolster chisel down the gap between a thick diff separating rod and the end of the shaft. clump clump pop, lesson learned, use that method in future.
The input shaft as expected was a mare; i went down the scrappers and got a length of clutch cable off a mk2 astra. The threaded end section is a perfect fit for the centre of the input shaft. Then came the fun part, how to pull it out. I started by using the Vauxhall jack, tying the clutch cable round the jack, then winding it out. Minced about like this for about half an hour and it didn’t budge. Next i spotted two convenient holes in the jack foot and raising arm, so slipped the clutch cable thread through the hole in the foot, then used a washer and bolt on the other side of the raising arm, perfect, custom puller. So cautiously wound the foot out, got so far I couldn’t turn the winder anymore, bit of brute force levering the whole lot and DING it pops out. I stand up in triumph with a big smile on my sweaty head.
So, the gearbox is off, ive done a bit of shopping too, got a few oil seals for the diff, new inboard cv joint, new clutch release bearing, two bottles of comma hypoid gear oil.
Tomorrow comes the best bit, trying to offer up the replacement gearbox without it falling on whatever body part gets in the way. As long as I can get it near enough it will rest on the locating dowels of the engine block. Then there’s setting up the gear selector mechanism. Apparently the box is out of a mk3 astra gsi, so it should be slight better shape than the one ive taken off.