Re: 146 Rear suspension
Haha, yes I did sheer off those bolts holding on the anti-roll bar, all three of them. That's the bit that has held me up the most actually. God knows what they were made of, but I went through countless drill bits trying to drill them out (including decent Dewalt carbide ones). After rushing the job, in the dark, in an awkward position without properly centre punching etc, I gave up and just got a new arm from a breakers. I probably spent more than the 40 quid it cost me on drill bits...I won't bother unbolting the otherside.
Not had the chance to put the trailing arm back on yet, but all it's components are back together beautifully, so I don't anticipate a problem considering I very nearly had it back on using the jack method you mention, even when everything wasn't fitting so snuggly.
As you say Ivor, I don't mind spending the money on tools as they always come in useful. Lessons learned here are not to get fustrated and use an angle grinder in anger, trying to make things fit which clearly don't. Oh yeah and to think before I irreversibly knacker things in my haste.
Cheers for the encouragment Purple. As I said before, I really don't see why it's took me so long as it should be reasonably straight forward, but I guess that's the beauty of experience and hindsight!