Although completely unrelated to the project that started the weekend, now that I have my floorboard out, I tried again to get grease into the u-joints for the driveshaft. I have still had no luck. The rear joint has more play than I would like. The front one does not seem to have any slop, but now that I have detached it from the engine, I am not thrilled with the lack of motion in that joint. My thought was to get the assembly on the bench. look closer, try to get grease in it and possibly replace the spiders.
BUT, I can't get the darn thing out. I am attaching 3 photos to show my lack of success. I can't see any way to get this thing out without either cutting away part of the tractor or significant disassembly. I have the technical manual and I can't seem to find any guidance for this removal. Maybe I am missing something.