Originally Posted by dustdonkey
a) Yes it's possible.
Take the rear engine stud out (the one that runs under the tranny) and use a tyre lever to get the spacer between the two frame pipes out.
Stick it in the freezer for re-assembly.
b) I glued mine with an epoxy resin and it seems to be sealed.
Good luck. Sounds like a challenge. Here is another pic for your viewing enjoyment: