wow, this is erie, i logged in this afternoon to post my update but got called away. well after all is said and done i finally got the nose off and the motor & trans out. this is how it went, from what i remember.
1) Remove grille
2) Remove bumper (Just the bumper no brackets)
3) Remove top 3 bolts that hold the front top of nose to radiator support
4) Remove screws from wheel well to nose straps (wheel wells stay)
5) Remove 1 bolt from lower nose to lower radiator support
6) Remove 4 screws/bolts from back of hood area to fire wall brackets
using 2 people shimmy the nose forward, resting on the bumper brackets
it may seem like it is still attached just @ top of nose below the rain guard vent looking thing below the windshield there were no fasteners there on mine just stuck to a rubber skirt that runs horizontally from drivers side to passenger side under the vent looking thing that blocks the leaves from getting in below windshield (that stays also)
the marker lights front and side have to disconnected from the power source but not necessary to remove just unplug the wire to them.
there are wires that go from the headlight harness that have to be disconnected and a ground that comes back out to headlight where its screwed to panel as a ground. i cut the ground towards the back of the headlight so i could comfortably reconnect with a butt connector. the screws were rusted so i had to cut the ground or chiesel the screw.(i'm lazy)
the radio antenna had to be removed at fender and the base dropped thru the hole in fender and laid to the side.
i was told that there were 14 bolts /screws holding the nose on in the engine compartment area. i think i only had 11 so it may vary (not sure)
To get to the engine..
I took the radiator support out(2 people) as one piece. containing the radiator 2 trans coolers ithink they are, a/c evaporator.
the fan shroud had to be disconnected from the top of radiator support to allow you to get to a bolt that holds the tranny lines (i believe they were) at the bottom.
The shroud was held on from 3 screws/bolts from top and one going the opposite way from the engine compartment towards where you would be standing. i had no fasteners holding in the bottom of shroud.
There are 2 bolts on each fender well forward and 2 bolts going thru the bumper brackets that hold in the radiator piece that i took out as one.
I removed the a/c lines attached across the top of shroud (e.p.a. likes you to vacum system before removing any a/c lines) and where they connect to the compressor you may not have to. there are 3 lines that go from the powersteering pump to behind the brake resevoir that have to be disconected.
I'm taking the trans out as well.
removed the drive shaft from rearend, from the center support and back of transmission. i left the yoke in the tail of the trans as not to drip fluid all over.
2 bolts to tranny mount disconnect trans lines , carb linkage some heater hoses and radiator hoses, the trans linkage and starter.
this shows where fasteners( bolts,screws, etc) that need to be removed are located
notice red highlighted area the bolts are actually above that highlighted area. i highlighted the bumper bracket sorry
Here are some pix
motor & trans removed......yaho0o0o0o
as it stands now, i brought the motor to my buddies house he will change the gaskets and seals, i just have to find a place to ...
1. rebuild the a/c compressor
2. rebuild the tranny
3. replace the calipers and rubber brake lines
4. tackle the interior
piece of cake...........right!
thanks for all the good wishes and especially to GOLDWINGER2
i'll keep you updated.