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Triumph05 Ken Mutch
USA, IA, USA   USA
I just purchased a 1960 Austin Healey 3000 2+2 and it is in rough shape. ( Barn Find ) Need to take the front disc brake caliper off so the car will roll and I can load on the trailer. What do I need for tools? Any suggestion on freeing up the rotors?

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JiminRichmond Jim McLeskey
Richmond, VA, USA   USA
Don’t know which tools you need but would love to see photos.

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J Neil Neil Stewart
Monroe, NC, USA   USA
Sometimes, not always, a big deadblow hammer will work to loosen up the calipers and pistons so it will roll. The calipers need to be disassembled to come off. The big deadblow hammer work best in a remote situation. Oh, and lots of PB blaster or Kroil penetrating oil.

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petnatcar Silver Member Peter Carbone
Watertown, NY, USA   USA
Ken,

Just remove the brake pads.

Better bring a drift, Vise Grips, a hammer, a can of WD40 and a big screw driver to pry the pads out.

Good luck,
Peter

Triumph05 Ken Mutch
USA, IA, USA   USA
I did get the calipers off, there is plenty of grease on everything and the bolts turned off easy. Took the front two tires and rims home, removed what was left of the tires. There were to new ( 30 year old ) tires covered up inside the car. I think I will try and use them as rollers, if I can get them mounted. I am trying to find out how long the car has been in the chicken house, I will have to saw down a small tree to get the Healey out.

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J Neil Neil Stewart
Monroe, NC, USA   USA
Pics?

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Htimsc Gold Member Chris Smith
Portola Valley, USA   USA
FYI for future stuck pieces - depending on the requirement/situation - hot metal, ventilation, etc., I’ve used ATF (automatic transmission fluid) and acetone in 50/50 mix ( shake well, keep away from paint). Also PB Blaster and Kroil work well.

Triumph05 Ken Mutch
USA, IA, USA   USA
Is there any way to trace the vin number to find out where the car was shipped, and color? Also here are some photos, I hope to move the car this week if the ground freezes. The Healey has been off the road since 1985, went to a body shop to be painted, most of the fenders, doors, trunk lid, and hood were painted. The body shop moved the car without the fenders out side, uncovered with no top destroying the interior. When the owner stopped to check on the progress he found the car outside, tried to move it and there was a brake issue, had the car load on a truck and it finally end up in the chicken house. The body parts and chrome parts where left at the body shop all these years. I contacted the body shop owner and we have located the big parts but have not found many of the chrome pieces.


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JiminRichmond Jim McLeskey
Richmond, VA, USA   USA
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sliproc Kevin Quistberg E
Long Beach, CA, USA   USA
Well the doors and fenders look nice.

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