Body Removal - where are the bolts?

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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts ?

Post by samd » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:19 am

Wise words.



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Re: Body Removal - Update...

Post by Jonny M » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:04 pm

Making good (and cheap) progress:

shotblasted
Sides replaced with stronger box section
new front riggers
Stronger rear support brace

and so far cost me 4 bottles of red wine, a box of Stella, and ten quid !
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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by GeminiG15 » Sun Dec 25, 2011 6:22 am

if you do all the efforts, starting (and hopefully finishing) a body-off job the galvanisation should be a MUST.

even if money is tight...if you dont have 100 or 150pound left over for such a highly recommendable process, the complete restoration is questionable, imo.

as the car is now in bits its THE big chance to do things right...."half" jobs are coming back to haunt you.


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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by Pepe » Mon May 21, 2012 6:11 pm

You need to tell me where to get a full chassis (incl. Suspension parts if you do it right!!) galvanized for a 100-150 quid... It ship it over to England for that! :)


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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by philhoward » Mon May 21, 2012 6:14 pm

Have a quick look in the "Recommended Suppliers" section - think there's one in there. Cheap galvanising seems to be one of those things scimjim seems to find..


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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by scimjim » Mon May 21, 2012 7:41 pm

Pepe wrote:You need to tell me where to get a full chassis (incl. Suspension parts if you do it right!!) galvanized for a 100-150 quid... It ship it over to England for that! :)
We paid £100 for a Range Rover chassis to be galvanised by a large reputable company in Bristol. Blasting and delivery/collection was extra but didn't cost much more.

And I got everything metal apart from the chassis galvanised for an SS1 for £150 IIRC (pic here viewtopic.php?nomobile=1&f=20&t=8106&start=15#p85225)


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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts ?

Post by Pepe » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:32 pm

scimjim wrote:Ok, here it is written slightly differently - maybe Mick could check it for me?

[i(]Just some more comments by me)[/i]

- Front bumper cross member support plate - remove spare wheel tray and rad side plates - bumpers will come off with bodyshell (1 each side at the front frame end)
- Top turret support plates - 2 bolts each side by fuse box & expansion tank
- Front outrigger bolts 2 each side in footwell (2 each side under the glue'd carpet)
- Centre chassis support bolts 2 front 2 rear by centre console (I'm not sure where these are?) (1 each side next to center console under the glue'd carpet, I cannot confirm that there are additional 2 near the rear footwells <EDIT> Those are there as well, found them under the carpet, close to the seatbelt brackets, hidden under glue'd carpet - SE5a))
- <EDIT> There is an additional bolt each side next to the seats under glue'd carpet, this carries some round nut, this was conical in my case (SE5a) maybe for aligning. Had to grind it to fit a wrench...
- Centre seat belt support bracket bolts 2 bolts each side - 1 bracket is inside, the other is under the car (don't ask me why :roll: )
- Seat belt inertia reel bolts 1 bolt each side (these are actually 2 bolts instead of 1 - SE5a)
- roll bar bracket bolts 2 nuts/bolts each side
- rear centre rail bolts behind rear seat folding squab 2 bolts each side (I think the rear seat belts mounts are meant (SE5a) - one could either slacken the nuts&bolts (2) on the chassis brackets or the nuts&bolts (4) on the interieur rear seat belt mountings)
- rear chassis support mounts in rear boot floor section 8 total
- Rear bumper support bolts 1 each side (hidden under the covers in the boot left and right the filler cap)
- rear number plate holder bolts x 2 (I'm not sure why these need to come off?)

I had a towbar mounted to the car which was bolted to the four rear bumber bar inside the fibre. Those where impossible to get loose. So I removed the 2 bolts mentioned above plus 4 bolts (SE5a) on the rear end of the chassis, that hold the bumper to the chassis

- Petrol filler rubber pipe (easy if you remove the filler as well, large hex nut plus set screw)
- fuel sender electrics (two wires)
- overdrive & reverse light switch electrics if fitted (3 way switch on early cars, solenoid wire, inhibit switch & reverse light switch on later cars)
- handbrake cable support plate
- gearbox speedo drive cable
- rear washer pipe (can be unconnected under the rear cover near Filler cap as well)
- earth straps for rear lights (in my case (SE5a) 2 each rear chassis support)
- gearbox earth strap
- Windscreen washer pipe
- Clutch and Brake pipes (or clutch cable for 4-speeders - easy disconnection)
- Steering column joint
- Front earthing strap(s)
- Starter motor lead (plus solenoid cables?!)
- If fitted manual choke cable
- Accelerator cable
- Brake servo to inlet manifold pipe
- 2 x heater hoses (to firewall)

Lift front of car to 45 degree angle to clear front turrets, check for stray electric cables etc and then walk bodyshell backwards or roll the chassis forwards to clear the rear chassis support plate that extends into the bodyshell behind the rear bumper.
Job done time for beer
normally some of the bolts won't give up without breaking off or not moving at all. The Rollbar-inertia reel combo was a pain in the A..e. But also some fairly simple bolts can cause headaches like the front footweel. They are far in the footwell and have very flat heads. Possibly they can cause trouble. Lots od WD40 is recommended. Time - and patience. Also I have used an angle grinder (front footwell) and a Dremel (Seatbelt inertia reels). Also have a long steel tube handy for your ratchet or wrench 8)
BTW for the rollbar counter-hexnuts the best fit was a metric 18mm wrench not the imperial measure part...

I would recomment to replace every bolt after refurbishing the chassis to a stainless steel version - possible minus seat belt reels and rollbar mounts



Does anyone know how to unfit the gear shifter knob/stick on a 4 speed box? Also how is the handbrake lever/center console dismantled?
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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by scimjim » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:26 pm

Gearstick comes out after you unscrew the securing cup with a hammer and drift. Disconnect handbrake cable from underneath to allow handle to come up far enough.


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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by trux » Fri May 15, 2015 4:57 pm

Roughly what does the body weigh?
After a few years of neglect I'd like to get mine back on the road.



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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by scimjim » Fri May 15, 2015 7:16 pm

about the same as a small planet :-)

difficult to say as you can strip so much out that two people can lift it or leave in the glass, doors, trim, etc and need 4 big blokes minimum (plus someone to roll the chassis out when it's lifted)


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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by trux » Sat May 16, 2015 5:23 pm

Thanks Jim. Didn't think it would be easy but I'll probably give it a go at some point.
Will take the doors off as the hinges aren't great but I don't want to remove everything.



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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Sun May 17, 2015 9:15 am

I had my chassisshot blasted and galved at BMT Galv in great yarnmouth for £230,
Have a quote locally here for £320, still not bad!


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Re: Body Removal - where are the bolts?

Post by backpain » Sun May 17, 2015 9:37 am

Did you take it to them or did they collect ,will do this when I start on my coupe :oops:


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