hehehe,, yes it makes one feel rather inept when you KNOW about lock rings..But i had never replaced the factory jobs before, and all my books say they have JUST the nylon locks which i burnt out- squirted out the ports just like in the movies, so i "had it"....KNOTT! And yes, i should have used the STRONGER glasses i have..;-) I wont make that mistake again..
Pounding? Don't you have a cir-clip removal tool? You can file down a pair of needle nose pliers and make one, or buy a dedicated unit specifically built for cir-clip removal. The ends of the cir-clip removal tool have tiny points that fit into the little holes in the cir-clips. You squeeze them tighter than the circumference of the u-joint, and they just come out like that.
Oh! I see now that you already got them off. Good job! At least you didn't have to do it on the side of the road in Wyoming at 10 below in a snow storm. That would get you motivated.