[Rovernet] seized clutch

Alan Francis lingfield51 at btinternet.com
Thu Jun 2 07:28:52 EDT 2016

Hi Hank
I have had success in the past through the timing flap on the bell housing. On RHD cars the washer bottle and bracket has to be removed but you may have the benefit of not having the steering box in the way on a LHD car. 
From memory I think I had no bonnett (hood) on the car at the time so not sure if you'll be able to do it with the bonnett in situ. 
Using a long (at least a metre) steel rod with a thin tapered end it is just possible to tap it between clutch plate & flywheel while an assistant depressess the clutch pedal thus taking and stress of it. Rotate the engine by hand and three or four points around the circumference of the plate should be enough to free it. No real force needed, like you I struggled in the 'usual' manner but it popped of quite easily as of course you're only freeing a small section at any one time rather than all of it at once and the forces are working to lever it off rather than spin it off.. Theres enough flexability in the plate to cope with the small deflection
Good Luck
Alan Francis (partviking) 

    On Thursday, June 2, 2016 11:34 AM, Ben Saunders via Rovernet <rovernet at rovernet.org> wrote:

 If your car has the timing port you might be able to use an ice pick or 
similar object to drift between the disk and flywheel with the clutch 
pedal held down.

On 06/02/2016 06:16 AM, Hank & Sally Manwell via Rovernet wrote:
> Our ’71 Series II TC was trailered here to Rove America yesterday on a trailer because after two years of storage the clutch has seized.
> Dirk has towed it aggressively with clutch pedal depressed and in gear and we have run it up and down the hill the same way, but to no avail.
> It’s in the shop just now while we contemplate whether there are any shortcuts to lowering the engine enough to pull the transmission and clutch to get to the heart of the problem.
> Any thoughts?
> Hank Manwell
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