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Post by spegru » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:56 am

I'll have a look for a lock nut. At present I can't even get the centre console out



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Post by gtcse8 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:12 pm

Disconnect the handbrake cable at the axle, it has to come free to get the body off.
You can then pull the handbrake lever up as far as possible to wiggle the centre console out.


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Post by spegru » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:02 pm

I seriously can't get that knob off! Trying not to damage it and no sign of a lock nut.
Surely the console won't come out without either that or some how extracting the gear lever gaiter from the console?



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Post by spegru » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:10 pm

Body lifting is hard! Ive managed to get the front up by about 4 inches but then the front of the chassis starts to take off too!
Ok so I IDd a couple more bolts but they are right a the back of the doors under the rollover bar & seat belt, right under the body. In a very poor state though so I'm not convinced that is what the problem is - I've had the front wheels off the ground!



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Post by rebel alliance » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:41 pm

Probably be a good idea to remove those roll bar to chassis bolts before you tear the body shell in half 😊



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Post by spegru » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:05 pm

hmm yes



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Post by philhoward » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:06 pm

This might be a daft question but any particular reason you need to remove the centre console or the gearlevver?

The seats and seatbelts will hold the body to the chassis but the handbrake is only on the body. From memory you have some bolts vertically around the area of the stalk mounting - but you should be able to get at those ok?


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Post by scimjim » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:14 am

Have you read the sticky showing where all the bolts are to remove the body?

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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:37 am

Gear knob is held in place with a threaded boss with two slots machined in to it.
This is just visible looking under the knob with a mirror.
Can sometimes be unlocked with a large 45degree nose circlip plier set.


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Post by spegru » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:23 pm

Thanks for those gearnob pics. Ive got the seats out so I can see fairly well. I had a quick look but cant see anything like that locking ring, The knob itself seems the same and I think I can see the beginning of the thread. Maybe it's just seized like so many other things in the interior like the door locks and seats.
I'd like to get the console out so that I can deal with carpets properly. Not a big issue if I have to destroy the gaiter as it's pretty tired anyway. Same applies to hand brake gaiter in fact
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Post by spegru » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:41 pm

On body removal yes I did see the sticky but I had thought that the rolloverbar bottom mount bolts were completely disintegrated which is why I hadnt seen them. I hadn't realised they were under the body! However, having found them I see I was nearly correct. They are in a terrible state. Even the bolt heads are well out of sorts. So far I havn't been able to get a spanner or socket onto them and I am not hopeful that I ever will. See pics.
I have thought using a grinder but that would leave stumps that still stick into the bracketry, so they might still resist even after taking the heads off
I could take the end off the outrigger/tube as it looks like it might need to be replaced anyway but I'm a bit worried about getting it all back into shape so it fits the body afterwards
I presume the bolts go into a threaded plate glassed into the shell rather than a nut?

Looks like the triangular plate at the bottom of the rollover bar is also pretty far gone on the passenger side. I managed to put a screwdriver right through. I suppose this is part of the bodyshell but I'm unclear if it's removable?

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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:27 pm

This link to Steve's GTC restoration will give a better idea of how it fits together. The holes it bolts to on the chassis can be seen in Justin's post here


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Post by spegru » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:05 pm

Thanks for that link Roger (and Steve/Corky) - esp the one at Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:54 pm. If I am seeing it correctly the bolts that pass through the body are not fitted to plates laminated into the fibreglass, but go onto a plate on the outside of the roll hoop - sandwiching it. That presumably means I can cut the heads off the bolts from beneath the body and the rest will fall off into the sill, which should mean I can avoid the bolt stumps catching on the tube end plates - and get the body off!
I will get my USB endoscope out for another look though



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Post by spegru » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:18 pm

Here are pics from the inside of the sill. Those bolts are in a heck of alot better condition in the inside!
I cant quite tell it they are welded though
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Post by spegru » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:55 pm

Well I've finally removed those last 4 bolts. Weirdly difficult as none of them would unscrew. I just couldn't get a grip on them so I had to cut/grind their heads off. Just as I hoped the actual bolts with the attendant nut plate inside the sill all pushed inwards so that the bolt stumps are not a problem.
So the body now comes up properly and I just need to disconnect the gear lever and hand brake mech.
Before that I need to work out how to support the body so that I can wheel the chassis out from under it



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