Well, here we go! I couldn't think of a better way to spend the last day of my vacation than beginning the dis-assembly of my new project.
So, let the mayhem begin:
First, there are four Phillips head screws to be removed. Two behind the brooms and two behind the front wheels.
This releases the under carriage, but it is still held tightly in place in the middle, by some invisible means.
What I found (after some careful, frustrating, and scary prying) was two hidden, inaccessible screws located between the doors. I got around these by drilling small holes in the under carriage. Then carefully, slowly prying up from both ends until the under carriage snapped loose.
Scary, but the damage is minimal, and will never be seen, anyway.
The shot above shows the undamaged under carriage before drilling and prying. Below is the covered screw head between the open doors. You can see why I chose the less visible, if more destructive, method.
Next, three small Phillips head screws hold the cab in place. Two in back:
And one in front (in the center of the tranny hump):
The shot above also shows the three screws holding the engine in place. But, removal of these is only the first step to pulling the engine out. More on that in a moment...
The cabin is free! You can also see in the above shot that I removed the mufflers and the rear suspension springs (turned out this was unnecessary!).
Here is the inside of the cabin and engine compartment:
Removing the three screws from the center of the engine and each wheel well is, as I said, only the first step.
You must also push the steering column upward into the cabin.
Now the engine can be wiggled out (and carefully put back in place, just to be sure for later!).
Now, I can get to the headlights from inside (for LED placement) and the front grille can be replaced.
A close up of the headlight from inside:
And here are the taillight assemblies & the scanner sub-assembly:
And here is close up proof that the rear phone and fold-down desk are there. They are just molded in place.
And this one final detail caught my eye when I removed one of the door tread plates while looking for the hidden screw holding the under carriage in place.
The front door tread plates actually say "Imperial". Cool, eh?
That's all I've got for you today. More to follow as I progress...