Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the problem. Let me explain. I see how the upper and lower shift shafts are suppose to engage. The upper shift shaft, #25, has a channel that is machined inthe bottom of the shoe that is facing forward. The lower shift shaft runs mostly vertically, but has a short(about 3/4 of an inch) 90degree bend that also faces forward and fits into the machined channel in the shoe of the upper shift shaft. If the shoe is facing forward, then the bent part of the lower shift shaft can slide through and out with the sterndrive, but if the upper shift shaft is rotated, say 90 degrees, then the bent part of the lower shift shaft cannot slide through the channel of the shoe of the upper shift shaft and the sterndrive cannot be slid back and off. I think that I understand all of that.
My situation is that those two shift shafts (upper and lower) are already completely disengaged. The bent part of the lower shift shaft is already completely out of the channel and behind the upper shaft...thus it should not offer any resistance to removing the sterndrive. Yet, we cannot get it to move any farther backwards. Any other ideas?
Well you really haven't given me any new information, but you did verify that that it SHOULD come off. This gives me the confidence that I can use more force to pry it off without ruining an expence part by doing something stupid. Although I haven't gotten it off yet, I am going to go ahead and accept your answer so you can get paid. Thanks.
Oh, since I am a man of my word, if you give me an email to send the promised pictures to I will do so...enjoy.