[ROVERNET - UK] Moving/Towing a P6 Without Road Springs!?

Slatskars slatskars at comcast.net
Wed Nov 29 21:45:22 GMT 2006


You may be able to get it onto a tow dolly to get it to the new location. 
Tow dollies cannot be backed up though, as they swivel. Putting the wheels 
on and using a couple of  wheel dollies might help get it into position for 
the tow dolly or a tow truck. With a tow dolly, the front of the car is 
fastened to the dolly (normally with wheel tie downs) and the rear wheels on 
the ground. Some tow companies use a separate set of wheels under the front 
end. I think your best bet is to call a few more tow companies and get 
someone that is willing to work with you. It is not an impossible thing to 
do, just a little more difficult. Maybe take a picture of what you have and 
visit one to explain it a little better.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kurt Graffy" <kgraffy at yahoo.com>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 8:42 AM
Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] Moving/Towing a P6 Without Road Springs!?

> This topic is the bane of my existence!...namely the
> front road springs.  I have them out of the car and
> have not been able (with external spring compressors)
> to get them back in the car.  Paul Smith was kind
> enough to send me photos of how he's done it, but I
> obviously missed something as it didn't work for me
> (so far)...apparently the important thing is that the
> spring compressor bolts must be 250mm or less...on the
> compressor I rented the bolts are 287mm.
> So I bought some Grade 8 hardened washers...am using
> them to "shorten" the bolts...we'll find out today if
> that will do the trick...but if not....
> Here's the crunch...I'm being evicted from my home of
> the last 28 years (building sold, new owner wants to
> move into my unit) and I have to have the premises
> vacated by Friday...but in the garage is a P6 without
> any front suspension or front wheels....it also has no
> engine...as that's on the rebuild stand, but that's
> probably not a huge issue...that can be moved.
> So without the front suspension together, I've got two
> rear wheels on the ground, and two jack stands under
> the steel bars in the front jacking points...which
> presumably somehow some towing company will use to
> attach a towing dolly to the car to move it out of the
> garage and to the new garage...except every towing
> firm I called said, one way or another..."No way...not
> without having wheels on it."
> So...I was wondering how it would be to put the
> suspension bits back on ...sans road spring...simply
> in order to be able to roll the car out of the garage
> and onto the tow truck (presumably a flat bed in this
> case) and off the tow truck and into the new
> garage...especially as there's no
> engine/clutch/transmission weight on the front of the
> car.
> Am I crazy?...I'm certainly desperate!
> Kurt
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