Well I've done it!
My first complete Transaxle and Gearbox removal!
I was under the car again today trying to work out again how to get these bushes out (rear engine and gearbox mounting). As I cracked my elbow on the exhaust and got my hand wedged between the clapipers and the body for the hundreth time while trying to squeeze out the anti roll bar, I decided , sod it time to do it the proper way and set about undoing and removing everthing!
So being my first time had a look about to see what fixtures I might miss etc. First being the clutch slave cylinder, Id missed it,. My first wrong move was to try and disconnect it where the pipe joins the flexy which ended in the seized nut allowing he pipe to twist and break! Great so now need a new clutch fluid pipe!
Broken pipe (with a plug in the end)
Busted clutch pipe :? anyone know where I can get a new one?
After having done this I did what I should have and went in and check the correct way to do it! Which was to remove the circlip adn pull the cylinder through!
Then removed the driveshafts (am I glad I did not use locktight when I replace the calipers and discs! Took me 2 days to heat them loose before!)
Undid the Watts Linkage (again easy having just recently done bushes)
Removed handbrake cable and disconnected brake pipe (oh joy I have to bleed that again now and re adjust the handbrake!)
Had check around again for anything still connected to gearbox or Watts.
Found what I pressume is the gearbox oil level sensor ?!?! So removed it
So one more final look around , noticed this what is it, it was already off
Using my array of jacks holding the gearbox and watts I lowered it gradually and job done!!
Now I need to move the jacks and raise the car enough to pull it all out (it was late by the time I had it dropped).
And I am going to take the time to tidy up the underside and paint the watts.
I still have the issue of removing the bushes but at least for the rear gearbox one I have more room now!
Pleased though as I have been avoiding dropping the watts completely but now I have the confidence to do the same on the black one so I can replace the fuel pipe and calipers.
But god would I like a car lift, all this on axles stands is hard work!