Once again dso comes through!
thanks to everyone for reading and replying.
of course, no one thing did it, it took a combination.
So I'm going to go a different route with this because its aluminum, and I've had this same thing happen many times. I echo Talon's use of the single claw puller and a slide hammer, or the type with the "handle" that comes out that you can beat on, however, I suggest using Freeze Off instead of heat. I know it sounds counter intuitive to make the metal cold, but I have had great luck using it for all sorts of things, including several ISB's that looked just as tragic as yours. And yes, those ball bearings were pulverized by the gears and final drive. Follow the directions for the freeze off and it will work. Spray directly onto the bearing shell for 30 seconds (I'd just circle it), let it sit for 2 minutes
i did try the cold spray, until the whole area was covered in frost, but still didn't move.
Grab a storage tote that the case fits in, fill with 130°F water, soak the case bearing down for about 2 minutes, last 3 that came apart on me slid right out once the case hit temp, another one was a bit more stubborn, had to turn my impact hammer all the way down and buzz the case around the throw out bearing guide before it dropped.
this, kind of...
i filled a storage tote (if your playing along at home, the trans case is roughly 15" x 20") with the hottest water my water heater could muster (too hot to keep your hands in for more that a few seconds.)
after soaking a few minutes, I tapped a first with a small flat screw driver underneath the bearing shell.
again and again roughly 60* until there was a gap.
Then I used a large flat screw driver to repeat the steps with the small one.
finally there was enough gap to get the jaws of the slide hammer and pull it the rest of the way.
I scraped up the face of the bearing seat, but after going over it with some emory cloth, i don't think it will do any harm.
A) Tack weld a washer to the outer bearing shell
that was the first thing I thought of, but my buddy who is a welder moved to FL about 3 months ago.
He took his welder with him, lol.
B) Notch the outer shell along the oil drain back groove with a cut off death wheel, then use a chisel to fracture the outer shell.
definitely the last resort, if all else fails...
C) Put the balls back in, then space then out and use a normal puller like my snap-on.
I tried this too, but eight is not enough, it just comes apart again.
D) Try a normal bearing puller and grip the bearing groove just enough and it might slide out. Too much pressure and it will lodge itself in the case.
the bearing groove is too round for my puller to get a grip:madface:.