Right side engine cover removal
I am in the process of replacing the water pump seal in my 1995 VN 750.
I have everything removed up to the point of removing the right side cover. All bolts removed, etc.
Here is the problem. The cover is held to the block by the gasket, gasket seal , and time. I've tried everything I can think of to get it loose. Hammer and 2x4. Prying with a screwdriver,but afraid to try too hard because I don't want to damage the surfaces.
I know it is a no brainer, but has anyone done it recently? If so how did you persuade the cover to come loose?
I'd appreciate ay suggestions.