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Discussion in 'Other classic cars' started by Gdude40, Nov 26, 2017.
Anyone have tips on how to remove rear drums on 64 Chrysler 300 with old style 8 3/4 rearend?
Wouldn't it be the same as any drum brake? Jack up car, remove wheel, loosen brake adjustment and pull drum?
No. Tapered hub/drum. Here is the link with all the info but I can't seem to bring it up.
Allpar Forums (at http://www.allpar.com/forums/topic/121233-56-plymouth-rear-drum-removal-tool/ )
This was a 2012 post. Can one of the masters restore it? It will be hard to find one unless you find person active in brakes in the late 60's or before. Best ones were made by OTC and Snap-on.
Found a picture of one.
I didn't know there was a "trick" to it. I many cases they haven't been removed for years so they are "frozen" on. I have always used a hammer to hammer them off on a couple realy tough ones had to use a torch to loosen them up.
The puller is gentler on the wheel bearings than a sledge hammer. Start the nut back onto the axle threads so the puller center screw doesn't mushroom the threaded axle end.
Also if the drum suddenly releases with some force, it won't pop off and possibly injure you. Wear safety glasses.
I always turned the nut over to protect the castle part and give the end of the threads even more protection.
Mopar Tapered Axle Brakes (at http://hotrodsandhemis.com/TaperedAxleBrakes.html )
Having mushroomed the end of a tapered axle trying to pull a drum, I can say from experience that it's important to have that nut on when cranking on the puller. Since I damaged that axle, I also put a washer between the puller pressure screw and the axle end/nut