It was good to catch up with you when i was in Melbourne , sorry to hear you are now having to remove gearbox. Just a few thoughts............. oiling plates ? these are mentioned in some SAfrica posts
Dont forget to take into acc your big wheels when calculating your new ratios
Repack your cv joints when they are removed and swap to drive on other face ? not sure if you can swap right to left for this effect?
Im back in Qld now and sorry i was not able to spen more time talking about your many interests and tales. Good luck with your repairs