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Michael72

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Stuck brake drum
« on: May 11, 2009, 11:45:08 PM »
I have a stuck brake drum on my 72. The wheel dragged when I moved the car with a tractor. Its been parked for years. I have sprayed liquid wrench in and around the drum and hit with a hammer but it refuses to budge. Does anyone have an idea on how to remove the drum other than cutting it off? Thanks

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Re: Stuck brake drum
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009, 01:09:30 AM »
Obviously the drum and the shoe have mated, and the only way to get it off would be to heat up the drum with a torch so that the shoe gets on fire and separates itself from the drum.  Just make sure you have drained all the fluid at or near the site so it doesn't get on fire.  That's the only thing I can think of.  There is no way to get any oil or anything in there to soak. 

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Re: Stuck brake drum
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009, 06:30:07 PM »
have you tried using a puller??

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Re: Stuck brake drum
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2009, 05:49:49 PM »
Both are good idea's. I am currently getting the house and yard ready for a graduation party. I will get back to the Mustang when its over.

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Re: Stuck brake drum
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2009, 05:59:13 PM »
Stephen's use of a puller is less intrusive, but if that doesn't budge it, then heat can be applied while using the puller.  Maybe the shoes don't need to get on fire, just hot enough to separate from the drum. 

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Re: Stuck brake drum
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2009, 12:36:19 AM »
I would break out the BFH and beat the crap out of the drum. I keep a BFH just for these types of things. Who know what all a torch would melt try the BFH first. Mini sledge hammer. Thats the ticket.

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Re: Stuck brake drum
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 09:37:15 PM »
Thanks to all who replied, the brake is fixed. The oil loosened the inside enough to back off the pads all except one end. I could then turn the drum by hand and hammer with a two pounder and a block of wood. I had to turn and hammer every millimeter of the way before it was completely off the axle. Also the cable for the parking brake was rusted off. Thanks again.

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Re: Stuck brake drum
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 09:48:22 PM »
Sounds like you got her fixed.  I love it when a project come to a positive end.   ;D

 

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