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Re: '66 B won't roll

To: Chris Rogers <>
Subject: Re: '66 B won't roll
From: Susan and John Roper <>
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 14:53:15 -0600
Chris, the problem is probably the linings stuck to the drums, a common and
maddening problem in the presence of humidity.  No easy solution.  You have to
work the drums off by prying, tapping, jiggling, and such.  Use lube like WD40
both around the drum and where it mates with the axle.  Maybe someone else has a
better solution.  John

Chris Rogers wrote:

> Thanks to all who responded....I should have been a bit more specific first
> time around. Car has a transmission, but no clutch. I had pulled the brake
> lines from the master cylinder as well as all of the connections to the 4
> way union before winter. Went out this morning and froze my tail off to pull
> a rear wheel, could not get the brake drum off, let alone get it to spin,
> but beacuse of the cold, I didn't devote a whole lot of time or effort to
> it. Could the possibility of water in the line freezing have the same effect
> on the wheel cylinders as fluid under pressure, causing them to expand and
> set the shoes to the drum? Sounds like heating up the garage, or at least
> the undercarriage is the answer, but not in the forseeable future. Curiosity
> has got me on this one.
> Chris Rogers
> Watching the snow drift here in Iowa
> Chris Rogers wrote:
> > Have been disassembling a '66B, named Treasure by a member of this list,
> > since October or so, and between it and the '64B, my garage has been
> > full. Well, SO has had to brush snow off of the windows twice this week
> > and threatened to have an MG sale while I am in San Diego next week.
> > Thought I'd be a nice guy and get the '66 out of the garage and push it
> > onto the patio behind the house and cover it up with a tarp until
> > spring. Went to push it and not a budge. Got the tow cable and thought I
> > might pull it out a bit to maybe break anything free that might be
> > sticking. Pulled it halfway out and found that rear wheels were locked
> > up tight. Front wheels roll freely. Managed to get a floor jack under
> > the rear end and with lots of tugging and straining, got it back into
> > the garage.
> > Where does one begin on this problem? Car has no engine, emergency brake
> > cable is loose and hanging on the ground, (handbrake handle is in the
> > down position and was not able to be moved when I got the car). The car
> > rolled freely as recently as Thanksgiving weekend. Been cold here, in
> > the low teens F during the day and near zero or below at night. This car
> > has been through a flood (completely immersed). Would it be a stretch to
> > think the differential was full of water and has now frozen? Any other
> > suggestions? Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Chris Rogers
> > '64B and a firmly planted '66B

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