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Post by Clueless1 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:57 pm

Hi, I at that stage where the tub is about to be divorced from the chassis! I followed all of Scimjims(?) advice but it won’t budge. All of the rivets, including the A post ones, have been drilled out, the front footwell bolts outed, dash support bolts out, the only thing left to do is unplug the reverse light wires. I’ve started to jack up the tub and it moves about half an inch to an inch in places but still seems tight. Have I forgotten anything?
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Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:14 pm

Have you got the rivets on the front face of the A post - and the two at the top of the A post where it cranks back at the screen surround?

If so, it’s probably just the sealant holding it onto the chassis.


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Post by Clueless1 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:26 pm

Yes, there are 3 on either side, bit awkward to get to but drilled out. I’ve levered all around and it separates part of the way but then stops. I don’t want to use too much force because of splitting the floor.


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Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:34 pm

If it separates part way it sounds like there’s a/some bolt/s left in.

Is the interior carpet all out?


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Post by Clueless1 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:37 pm

It’s totally stripped out, only thing left is the wiring loom. I’ve even taken out the handbrake.


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Post by rebel alliance » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:45 pm

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Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:49 pm

These are the ones that spring to mind from the FAQ post:

B post trim panel has a popper for the hood cover that needs to be drilled out

inertia reel out of bottom of B post (rear lowest bolt each side is a pig)

Bonnet release handle from A post

2 bolts in the footwell front outer corners (captive nuts in chassis)

2 bolts either side of A post cross brace (captive nuts in A post)

There's also a hidden bolt that goes from the cross brace onto the pedal box (pedal box itself will stay with the tub)

2 bolts hidden under carpet on the transmission tunnel top surface in front of gearstick and the handbrake mounting bolts (all captive nuts in chassis).

3 rivets up each A post (front face - bloody awkward to get at), loads along the sill, then 2 or 3 more up the B post - 2 hidden at the top of each A post

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Post by Clueless1 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:31 pm

Looks like I might have missed the one from the cross brace to the pedal box, I’ll check tomorrow.
I’m in between Taunton and Wellington, Oake.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:37 am

Sounds like you still need to do the bolts on top of trans tunnel just behind centre console.

Also, bonnet cable if you haven't taken that out yet


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Post by Clueless1 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:25 am

The bolts at the top of the tunnel, are they the ones that hold the dash framework in? If so they’re all out, so is the bonnet cable. All that’s left in the car is the wiring loom and the heater.


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Post by philhoward » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:00 am

They’re on the horizontal face of the chassis, just forward of where the carpet finishes (from memory). 2 x M8 hex head (13mm), sometimes hidden by the sound proofing foam.


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Post by philhoward » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:05 am

Approximately where the red circles are
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Post by scimjim » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:40 am

Clueless1 wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:25 am
The bolts at the top of the tunnel, are they the ones that hold the dash framework in? If so they’re all out
The two in front of the gearstick.


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Post by Clueless1 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:35 pm

Not seen those! Only just finished work so will have to wait until I have time, I’ll keep you updated.
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Post by Clueless1 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:46 pm

Yep! The two rusty but easily removed bolts were hidden beneath the insulation. Hopefully body off at the weekend!! I will post pictures just to bore you all 😁


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