Real tear down progress is apparent once the front clip is removed. This is how I pulled it apart.
Fist removed the front bumper and its support. A little PB Blaster and it came right off no problem.
Next I pulled the headlights. I simply cut the wire to light as I plan on replacing the whole harness anyway.
Next I removed all wire harness attached to the inner fenders as well heater hoses clipped on the passenger side. Then it was a hunt and remove every bolt I could find! Easier done with the front wheels removed. I left the park lights attached to the grill but cut the power to it.
With the help of a neighbour I was able to remove the clip all as one. I wanted to take it off in pieces, but there were hidden bolts keeping the grill attached that I didn’t see until I had it removed. I’ll obviously have to read up on how to reassemble in the right order once its all painted.
Getting the hood and emblem off put to use a bolt extractor and three steel drill bits! Those stupid flat head screws, who invented them?!?