Re: Can't get rear wheel drive off shaft.
Here's the picture of the material that I cleaned out of the 2 halves of the shaft splines which I had to heat up in order to prize it apart, I now think it is degraded grease partly caused by the heat I had to apply in order to part the shaft, although that doesn't explain why it was stuck together in the first place.
Anyway all is good now, I ordered the bearings and grease Tuesday, they arrived yesterday (Thursday) morning, all back together by the evening, I had no trouble getting the shaft on to the gearbox output with the swinging arm in place and drove the cir-clip into place by sliding a length of 20mm conduit up the inside of the shaft marked the inside of the swing arm where the end of the shaft was, a swift blow on the end of the conduit located the cir-clip onto the gearbox output, marked inside the swing arm again just to make sure the shaft had moved forward and compared the differing marks, unable to pull it off anyway. Drive pivot bearings fitted and torqued up, now no play when gripping the rear wheel.
Went for a test ride this morning, all is good.
Thanks to everyone for your replies, interest and help.