Once the exhaust was out of the way I could drop the rear suspension in order to work on it and the brakes. The manual explains exactly how to do this – starting with the pieces of wood you need between your jack and jack stand and the various body and suspension parts. You need a very large floor jack and a couple of good jack stands in addition to the wood pieces. Make sure to put blocks on the front wheels to keep the car from rolling once you lift the rear. You jack up the bottom plate on the suspension – making sure that you have a solid piece of wood between the jack and the plate. The jack stands are placed underneath pieces of wood that run along the bottom of the floor plate just ahead of the radius arms.
Before you start you want to try to unbolt the radius arms from their mounting points on the body. Good luck here! This is one of the most frustrating pieces of E-type engineering. The radius arms are held to projections on the body by metal cups riding in large rubber bushings. Cut the safety wires (if still present) and undo the bolts. Generally this is easy. Now in theory you should be able to pull the arms free of the body mounts. In practice they are often totally sized and immovable. Bashing on the top of the radius arm does no good as the rubber bushings absorb the blows. Heating is not practical as the rubber will melt and you are close to the gas line on one side. Mine were seized tight – so I decided to jack up the car and then tackle removal of the arms using other means.
I ended up having to cut the rubber bushings so I could get the radius arms free. I still had the metal cups stuck onto the body. Sometimes you can soak them with WD40 or PB Blaster and then hammer them or twist with a pipe wrench. None of that worked for me. I had too much rubber on them to use heat. Finally my son (hot rod mechanic) suggested scoring a twisting pattern up the cups (careful not to cut through them to mounts), opening a grove in the base and then using a chisel to open the grove and create a crack on the scored section to open the metal cup up. Sounds complicated – and something you have to do with care – but it worked great.