Brake drum removal HELP

Brakes for your Classic Mopar

  1. Cuda Hunter

    Cuda Hunter Well-Known Member

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    1967 barracuda front drums. One side no issue whatsoever. All bolts on this car remove very easy. However the passengers side drum will not release from the shoes. I've beat it, pried it, soaked it in brake cleaner, soaked it in blaster. smacked from the back and sides.
    I have a plasma cutter. I have a sledge hammer.
    But I need this thing to roll after I get the drum off.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Does the drum turn or is it frozen to the shoes? Heat on the shoe surface works good at that point. Very hard to get and spray past the overlapping edges of the drum and backing plate.

    If it will turn then Back off the adjuster. Look at the other side with the drum off to see what to do, and what tools will get you there. They are a pain, but can come off without damage.
     
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    Adjuster is frozen.
    The car sat on a flat tire for 30 years. Got some dirt up in it. I vacuumed dirt out, sprayed it out with an air nozzle. sprayed more blaster in it.
     
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    Plasma that puppy
     
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      413 is right. It probably has a frozen adjuster. Re-install the axle bearing washer & nut so it's snug first, then try backing off the adjuster all the way. A brake adjuster spoon & a very small flat screw driver will help a lot. Let the PB'laster work a while too.
       
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      Drum does not turn. I'll try an acetylene torch.

      Blaster barely gets anything in through the back of the drum. I've sprayed a bunch through the oval adjuster slots hoping to free up the adjuster or the shoes.
       
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      I have not removed the cotter pin, axle nut or axle washer.
       
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      RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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      You have to. The drum is swedged onto the hub. It's an assembly.
       
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        Sorry, was thinking rear. See RRR comments!
         
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        I removed the drum from the other side without removing the cotter pin and nut.
        The drum just slides off of the hub assembly. Drum has 5 holes for the studs and one hole in the middle for the hub.
         
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        Then that one has been replaced before. If the the drum you are fighting is still swedged on the hub, it will not come off without removing the spindle nut. It sounds like that's the issue. Look closely at where the studs come through the drum. If it looks like some of the stud material is pushed down around the holes in the drum, that's the issue.
         
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        • Cuda Hunter

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          Thanks. I'll go look.

          Torch is out of gas. Looking for my plumbing supplies for my copper torch.
           
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          Calm down on the torch. You may not need it.
           
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          • Cuda Hunter

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            I'm calming down on the torch or plasma cutter for the moment.

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            First pic is the stuck passengers side.
            second and third are the drivers side.
             
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            Ok, pin out, nut removed, bearing removed. Drum won't come off.

            Bearing works fine.

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            Must ............................have .............................. patience ..

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              Try grinding the nail heads off the back of the backing plate that hold the shoes to the backing plate and take the brake shoes with it....

              The hardware and spring kits come with replacements, so you're not ruining anything that you can't replace...
               
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                I had that issue, drum rusted to shoes. I cut the drum. Was rear, but nothing else worked.
                Now i would consider a garden hose and air hammer. Water and percussion will break up rust quick.
                 
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                • Cuda Hunter

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                  I was considering this. Will this really work?
                   
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                  • Cuda Hunter

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                    Good idea. I'll try that with the exception of the swedge issue.
                     
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                    Yup,once pins are cut the shoes will tilt away from backing plate and typically let go of drum.
                     
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