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How to remove those rear brake drums  

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SteveMcManus
(@stevemcmanus)
Reputable Member

You must use a drum puller. These are big heavy pullers that bolt to the drum with the lugs. They have a great big screw shaft with a spinner on it. You turn the screw in against the axle shaft until you can turn no more. Then you beat the spinner with a hammer until it goes "POP!" No lie, I'm not making this up! It is vital that you keep the axle nut on; just loosen it. When the drum goes "pop," incredible amounts of energy transfer.

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Posted : February 21, 2015 5:40 pm
lesfairbanks
(@lesfairbanks)
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Hi Steve, a little self promotion here if it is allowed but I make and sell a puller that works better than the 3 legged type without beating on it with a hammer or turning anything against the axle shaft. You can check it out by googling " Les Fairbanks rear drum puller".

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Posted : April 1, 2015 1:56 am
SteveAdams
(@steveadams)
Active Member

Or you can loosen the lugs bolts a little, back down the driveway and back, slowly. The hubs will loosen by themselves. I did it on my 1929 Desoto. The hubs had not been removed in 45 years. I am sure this is not right way but it worked.

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Posted : August 2, 2016 5:37 am
TimBowers
(@timbowers)
Member Admin

I am sure this is not right way but it worked.

One of my mottos....

"Never argue with success"

It's supposed to be fun!
1949 De Soto Custom Convertible (project)

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Posted : August 2, 2016 3:43 pm
TimBowers
(@timbowers)
Member Admin

I found a video that shows the basic setup. There are several styles of pullers, including the one shown. OTC makes a very common one as well.

Some people have been lucky to get away with a front wheel drive hub puller, but if you have an obstinate drum they will probably be too light.

Your number of hammer swings may vary!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvdMpGWdQIw

It's supposed to be fun!
1949 De Soto Custom Convertible (project)

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Posted : November 4, 2018 11:17 pm
MarkKubancik
(@markkubancik)
Prominent Member

Here's another YouTube video showing rear drum removal on a '51 Plymouth Cranbrook. More of a shade-tree mechanic using an Amazon sourced puller, but very well done and informative video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrcm7MsQiXQ

Mark

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Posted : November 5, 2018 11:40 pm
TimBowers
(@timbowers)
Member Admin

Thanks, Mark!

That's the OTC puller that I used to have, until I got one of Les Fairbanks setups.

They both get the job done!

It's supposed to be fun!
1949 De Soto Custom Convertible (project)

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Posted : November 6, 2018 12:58 am
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