[ROVERNET - UK] P6B rear brakes - Oh no not again !

Netspace vmitps at netspace.net.au
Wed Jan 2 07:33:29 GMT 2008

The bits of steel in the jacking points work.  That is what I do.
Otherwise just put stands under the sills where the jack holes are.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "phing" <phing at videotron.ca>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 7:52 AM
Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] P6B rear brakes - Oh no not again !

> Hi
> We  started to recommission Rip van winkle over the holidays . It's 
> apparent the brakes need a complete overhaul . Access to the rear brakes 
> is as bad as on  the late lammented E type ; so I decided to do the 
> sensible thing , drop the back axle and do it all in comfort on the bench 
> . The Rover workshop manual makes it look easy . disconnect the hand brake 
> , brake line and pad wear indicators drive shafts etc , remove 4 bolts and 
> you have around 150 lbs of iron  sitting on your chest !
> The drive shafts are solid , with no splines allowing the shaft to be with 
> drawn from the disc ; instead we have a sliding De Dion tube .How do we 
> pull the drive shafts which sit in a depression in the rear discs ?? The 
> Rover shop manual[ which must have been written by a refugee from the " 
> tell them every thing but the one thing they need to know ' Haynes 
> publishing world ] is silent on this point , elswhere when it covers 
> replacing the rear discs it talks of " extending the De Dion tube " but is 
> silent on how this is done , and how to re compress it when you have 
> finished .
> RVW is at present sitting on jack stands under the rear spring pans , 
> marinading in penetrating oil .This arrangement is very stable , lifts the 
> De dion tube to a sensible height and allows reasonably easy access to the 
> rear axle . It obviously will not allow the De D tube" to extend .At 
> present  I can see no way to drop the drive shafts
> I don't think I want to follow the manual's advice and  hang RVW from jack 
> stands suporting  2 pieces of steel poked into the rear jacking points. 
> Any similar support from the under body will allow the rear suspension and 
> the De D tube to flop down to the end of the spring travel ,limiting 
> access .. Under body support will require heroic efforts with the trolley 
> jack and packing to get the back end high enough to allow me to get under 
> the low flying De D tube.
> Does any one have any advice , please
> Cheers
> patrick
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