You’ll need to jam something thinner than a screwdriver in there to start the process off maybe.
Does the crown race lip sit over the fork crown at the edge at all to give it a bit of a tap from underneath, assuming it’s a reasonably burley crown race?
The new brakes should come pre-bled but you will likely have a big mess of hose if you don’t shorten the hoses.
It’s a pretty easy job and if you’re careful, and want to, you can generally get them working well without bleeding after shortening the hoses. Best to give them a bleed though...
Hope X2 caliper 160 to 180mm postmount adapter (for rear, not that I think it matters)….
Do the Shimano ones work, or need to use the Hope one?
I used run one but gave it away. I don’t recall it being a Hope brand one. I have done some dremel work in the past though.
It’s probably more common for the business to supply the gear, particularly at the start of lockdowns as they had an incentive to keep people working (from home). I guess now with everything opening up smaller companies may not have much incentive for people to be working at home? Although, if...