PETER Re: [ROVERNET - UK] tough nut (and more brake woes)

Glen Wilson rovercar at
Thu Sep 28 22:17:22 BST 2006

peter king wrote:
> Thanks to all for your replies. I finally managed to get the nasty job 
> done, using an impact tool and a modified socket, 1/16 smaller than 
> the nut and pounded onto it. I broke the impact tool, but it did 
> enough to allow me to swap my torque wrench onto the socket and get 
> the nut to turn. Hoorah!! I finished the job this morning and I'm back 
> on the road. Good thing, because the '63 P5's brakes just went south. 
> I suspect the master failed, because the fluid drained and is nowhere 
> to be seen, and when I started the car, a huge plume of white smoke 
> poured out. My guess is that the fluid has been sucked into the head 
> through the vacuum line. Does this sound right to you?
Sounds like a complete engine melt down precipitated by head gasket 
failure and followed by extensive interocitor-induced failures 
throughout the engine. I can tow that heap off of your property for a 
small fee, and you won't have to worry about it any more. I would 
definitely NOT put any more time or money into it, if I were you. I'm 
just glad that I caught you in the nick of time before you wasted any 
more resources on it. I'll send the truck round to pick it up.

Whew! Close one!



Actually, that's exactly what 1963 P4 did when the servo failed...

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