As for today, it was more of removing pieces-parts from the body. A lot of different things. No real surprises, fortunately, so that was good. In no particular order...
I was able to finish stripping the dash after partially destroying it. Used a hair dryer to help loosen everything up. There were a lot of little clips that had to come out, but all-in-all, not too bad.
|Finally got the dash and all of the plastic off.|
|Steering column lower seal dry-rotted and brittle.|
|Cute little things...a regular screwdriver on right for scale.|
|Snap ring removed. The square nut is inside the metal "clip". Cable will need to get pushed through hole eventually.|
|Passenger's side. Stuff came up pretty cleanly with just a bit of adhesive residue.|
|Pin pushed out of lever. The hole on the bottom is for the cotter pin to keep the rod attached inside the passenger footwell.|
|Bearing puller setup.|
|Liberated. Interesting that it is curved, of sorts. I assume it's supposed to be that way to help clear the clutch housing of the transmission.|
|Almost 50 years of rust...spider egg sacks and all.|
That was about it. I did a bunch of other little things; pulled all of the remaining interior screw clips that I could find, removed the rubber boots for the wiring hold-down tabs, drilled out the pop rivets for the body snaps for the soft top, etc. I don't think there is much else I can do now other than pull the body. I'll talk to my garage buddy and see what he thinks and go from there.
Here's wishing all of my US readers (and anyone else that wants to celebrate) a happy Thanksgiving!