^^^ Well, that was earlier.....
Not such a bad day really - managed to make a little progress, learn some stuff, and not break too many things.
This is where I got to in the last hour or so. The roof lining is dropped down, and nearly out of the car:
5 mins work would have that out - reconnect the battery - and the car would be mobile again.
And - yay, yay, and thrice times yay! - the sunroof works fine with the manual handle - all seems really smooth and easy.
So surely it won't take that much to make it run on the switch and motor again? I know the switch is good because I sent the panel to Marty for a 'refurb'.
I'll definitely get a new seal for the glass. Question #1 - will it be easier to grease and check it all out if I took the cassette out and put it on a bench, or just leave it in place??
I also learnt that the sunroof drains are all in place and would appear to be in good enough nick.
I've exposed the 'grommet' where the sunroof drain goes into the N/S/R wing - a bit of grot in there but I think it would still have worked OK - somewhat unimpressed by the OEM design right enough, assuming mine hasn't been messed with. The tube only goes about 15-20mm into the grommet. I'd have thought another 30mm on the tube would give a little more confidence. Pondering whether to just buy new drain tubes if they're available.
Breakages? There's a lot of old plastic to shift isn't there? I was pleasantly surprised to only break a couple of things. Two of the clips that go over the upper seat belt 'slider button'; and one of the spigots that clip a B pillar into the shell. There are two others of these broken I've found, but they weren't my doing.
And finally a couple more questions..... the underneath of the front light unit looks like this - with one of the tracks looking a bit worse for wear. I'm sure I could replace this easy enough - but ought I to be looking out for anything that might have caused this to melt/corrode? The wiring to the light looks fine:
Lastly, while removing the upper tailgate seal, I found a couple of little bits of hose inside the seal, somewhere around the bend or angle of the tailgate opening. .. (a bit chilly in the garage today!)
when the first one fell out I thought it was just a stray length of washer tube or something, but then there was a second one, in exactly the same place on the other side so it looks very deliberate. Any ideas?
I've read that this seal can allow leaks into the boot, so I wondered if it might be something to do with that; or possibly there to help or reinforce the seal at the bend, or at the lower edge of the upper tailgate if it's a place they go??