[ROVERNET - UK] Re:Moving/Towing a P6 Without Road Springs

Paul Smith Paul.Smith at auroraenergy.com.au
Thu Nov 30 21:47:46 GMT 2006

All I can suggest is measuring the compressed length in the photo I sent by scaling off the width.  Ultimately the spring didn't come out until I released the top arm from the base unit (did I not put that in the list?) - 4 bolts, take glovebox off to access them.  Putting it back is tricky, easier with 2 people, I did it with 1.  You push the top arm back to the firewall with the spring in, and insert one bolt (reaching through the door aperture).  Once one bolt is started you are away.


-----Original Message-----
From: rovernet-bounces at lyris.ccdata.com
[mailto:rovernet-bounces at lyris.ccdata.com]On Behalf Of Kurt Graffy
Sent: Friday, 1 December 2006 4:17 am
To: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] Re:Moving/Towing a P6 Without Road Springs

Thanks to all of the Rover aficionados for all of the

I agree that the towing companies are not trying to be
creative or flexible...they just want to do a simple
point A to point B tow...and dollys and moving in/out
of garages is not simple!

However, the time for research/shopping around is
over..so due to the timing issue (I'll be sued and
effectively fined $15k if I'm not completely vacated
from the premises by 5PM tomorrow)...I'm going with
the putting front end together sans springs...I can
get that going immediately...if I can roll the car out
of the garage, get it onto a flatbed, and roll into
the new garage that's all I need...maybe a 100 feet of
movement total.

At the moment the supension is completely off, as are
the fenders (mudguards) lower strut, upper strut,
shock absorber, pivot arm, steering link, anti-roll
bar, upper link assy.

So in terms of fitting the compressed spring there's
as much clearance as you'd possibly could want...but I
can't get the spring compressed enough to allow
mounting the upper link assy to the firewall
(bulkhead). It's quite frustrating as I've gotten it
compressed as much as one can with external spring
(MacPherson strut) compressors...it's about 12-13
inches compressed vs 17.5 inches released.

So I'll let you know how it turns out...my fear is
that the upper link assy "arm and ball" will damage
the spring cup at at the firewall (it's stuck on the
firewall at the moment)...but I've got to get it out
of there today/tomorrow AM at latest!

Oh...in response to location....San Francisco, CA.

Again, thanks to all for input and
counsel...and..forget to mention...1969 2000TC


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