Removing the Body
Firstly the front inner wheel arches came off then the bonnet.
Next the exhaust, this came off a bit unexpectedly. I undid the exhaust at the front at the lower joint of the Cat by-pass pipes, the unscrewed the rear mounting bolt. This left the center two bolts to be undone. The first one came off easily, the second was almost undone when the I dropped the spanner onto the floor of the pit, as I bent down to pick it up the nut, which must have been held on by the last thread, came off. I just managed to break the exhaust's fall with the back of my neck! Boy these things are heavy! After a few choice words I decided to call it a night and have a beer.
The petrol tank was next, fist drain the remains into a container and disconnect the fuel sender wires and the petrol hoses. Then the bolts retaining the petrol tank cradle and the petrol tank securing straps were removed and the whole lot lowered out of the way.
The speedo and reversing light switch were disconnected.
Next the all the wiring in the engine bay was disconnected taking care to label each wire to aid re-connection. Heater hoses, expansion tank hose, throttle cable, brake lines, clutch line and steering column were then disconnected.
Working inside the car the seats were removed (to save weight and gain easy access to the securing bolts), followed by the seat belts and handbrake.
Finally the body securing bolts, eight are visible from under the car (four front and four rear), and the heads are buried under the carpets. Four more bolts which screw into welded inserts on the chassis also need to be removed, two are located under the center console, and two are again buried under carpet adjacent to the lower rear corner of each door. last but not least the six rivets holding the gear change lever rubber gaiter were drilled out.
This done and a final inspection to be sure nothing else was connecting the body to the chassis, the body could be lifted off the chassis. Two options in lifting the body can be employed.
One is to get as many well built gents as you can (at least six) to assist you, or the other (which I used) is two use two engine hoists and some webbing straps. This process is described below.