Finally decided to get the Series 2 out of the garage today. It's
been in there for about 2 years. Just to recap...
no brakes (rears removed, no fluid)
engine refuses to start
I have a very tight garage, so to do any work I need to get it out
onto the drive. The drive is alongside the garage, not in front of
So, the plan was...
assemble four blokes
push truck backwards onto road
push truck forwards to drive
attach tow rope and use 101 to drag it over the (fairly high) kerb
use 101 and first gear to stop it as it rolls down the drive
The truck refuses to move. It's definitely in neutral, the handbrake
is off (it has been stored thus) and yet with three large lads up
front shoving (with the garage wall to push against) it simply will
not shift an inch.
I'm a bit stuffed at this point. Whilst the rear brakes are not
fitted, they are all there except the cylinders. Could the shoes have
jammed (they were never adjusted up)?
What else might have jammed up?
I'm thinking at this point that I need to get the front on axle stands
(I can just about do this with the space available, but I'll have to
remove the fridge and tumble dryer). Then I can see if the front
wheels are free.
Doing this at the back will be more tricky, but may be doable.
Now, that will be very useful info, but I have bugger all room to do
any work at the back end. There certainly isn't room to extract the
halfshafts or even get the wheels off. Where might I be able to hire
some little trolley things - if I can get the arse just out of the
garage then I might be able to do something.
Is there any other stunning plan that could make this easy? I did
think about simply pulling like chuff with the 101, but as it's not
taxed or motted I thought this might be a bit iffy (I'd have to do it
from a public road) if a plod happened upon the scene and got
interested. I'm also as likely to break something as free it off.
'58 Series 2 88" aka "Stig"
'77 101FC Ambulance aka "Burrt"
'03 Volvo V70
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