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PostSubject: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:04 am

Need sum serious help guys!!
I am trying to remove the rear brake drums on my 58 Plymouth to check the condition of everything under there but I CAN NOT get them off no matter what i try!!??
I bought a brake drum puller and still nothing, just ended up slightly damaging the end of the axel shaft!!

THESE DRUMS JUST WILL NOT BUDGE!!

Can anyone make some suggestions as to how i can free them up and get them off??

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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:30 am

John from BIG M should be along shortly. He has probably had more experience with these then anyone here and should be able to give you some good advice. I am sure having to pull these things in a parts yard he has run into this.

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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:50 am

I know John or Chaney has pulled lots of therse drums, But I have had several cars that has the ol tapered axles on them. Now by my experience you need a heavy duty wheel puller, It bolts onto the wheel lugs at three holes, It has a couple of ears on it you hit with a hammer to tighten it down. Then if the drum does not come off you put a little heat on it and it will pop right off.

But as I say John and Chaney has pulled dozens of these things off.

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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:12 pm

The rear axles on these pre-'65 Mopars used tapered axles, and the hub is also tapered to fit the axle. This system ensured that the hub fit tightly with no clearance, but also can be a pain to remove.

First step after removing the wheel, remove the cotter key on the axle nut, then back the axle nut off until the nut is even with the end of the axle. This will help prevent mushrooming the axle when pulling the drum.

Next step, buy a suitable puller for the job, cheap Chinese ones will only ruin your parts and possibly cause injury. If you can find the beefy 3 or five leg pullers that the dealers used to use, or go buy the one recommended by the 300 club made by Les Fairbanks, these will get the job done. Be sure the puller center shaft is right in line withy the axle so it is pulling the drum straight off. These pullers pull by the lug bolts, so have them screwed in an equal distance.
The puller I use is an older Snap-On model, once it is tight, you can hit the center with a small sledge hammer, and 99 out 100 times the drum will pop off with a bang! I have only had to use a torch to heat a drum center with once, but thye car had gone through a flood and the taper was rusted badly.

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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:19 pm

John cheers to the rescue

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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:05 pm

There are a couple of good hd pullers on ebay listed under brake drum puller. They are not cheap, $150-250 bucks. As stated the cheap ones don't work.
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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:15 pm

Yea you need one like John showed you the picture of I bought one used at Idaho Tool for 40.00 used it till I don't have tapered axles any more, Even with that I had to put a liottle heat on my old 55 Dodge. I sold it after I replaced my tapered axles bu changing rear ends. I made a little mistake by saying somthing at breakfast this morning before going to kilroy coffee. With my friends all Miliktary mostly AirForce and a couple Navy, sorry Jim no Marines Smile I made a comment I had a little leakage in my rear end They started handing me napkins. I had to clarify that I ment my car rear end/ lol!

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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:37 pm

58plym wrote:
Yea you need one like John showed you the picture of I bought one used at Idaho Tool for 40.00 used it till I don't have tapered axles any more, Even with that I had to put a liottle heat on my old 55 Dodge. I sold it after I replaced my tapered axles bu changing rear ends. I made a little mistake by saying somthing at breakfast this morning before going to kilroy coffee. With my friends all Miliktary mostly AirForce and a couple Navy, sorry Jim no Marines Smile I made a comment I had a little leakage in my rear end They started handing me napkins. I had to clarify that I ment my car rear end/ lol!

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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:46 am

If applying heat be sure not to get the hub glowing as this will weaken the metal and cause the drum to become brittle or crack......you only need slight heat to expand the drum loose from the taper whilst using the process John has described to remove the drum.
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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:36 am

Yea like Jase said it just takes a little heat , Then they will pop right off. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:48 pm

Get to CAr Quest and ask for their Power Built (name brand) 9 pc. Master Hub Puller Kit. It's kit #40, model #648608 and you can either buy or use it FOR FREE. Car Quest is helpful. If you buy it for $106.99 you can return it within a couple of weeks and net get charged. Best of luck. Furryfan.
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PostSubject: Re: REAR BRAKE DRUM REMOVAL HELL!!   Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:17 pm

Yea we have a car questg here , I am in good with the Manager, he helps us out and sponcers some things for our Heap;Herders car show, It wil be coming up the Last Saturday In April. Smile

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