Remove Brake Drum

Step 1: Remove Wheel

1st I removed the wheel.  On a 1950 Plymouth the left side bolts are revers thread while the right side are regular thread.  (I learned the hard way)

Step 2: Remove Drum

    A. Remove the dust cap.

    The easiest way to get the cap off is with a large flat head screwdriver and a rubber mallet.  Use the Mallet and driver to tap around the edge of the dust cap until it falls off.  There is no need to hammer on the cap as gentle tapping will loosen it enough to come off.

    B. Remove the 1 3/4" cotter pin.  I used a small flat head screw driver until I got the pins pryed away from the spindle and then flattened the ends together with regular pliars.  I then wriggled the pin free with a pair of vise grips.

    C. The spindle nut should come off by hand.  It has been well lubed for a long time.

    D. The drum and bearing should then slide off the spindle withouth much trouble.

3. Next I worked on the nuts that secure the rest of the brake assembly to the spindle.  There is one normal nut on top and 1 lock  nut on the bottom nearest the cab of the car.

The bottom lock nut uses a smaller 1 1/4" cotter pin.  These were heavily caked with road gunk.  I used a small flat head to clear this away until I coule remove the nuts, cotter pin, and lock washers.  These were 7/16" nuts and needed liquid wrench as they were on a bit tight.

4. Lastly I used a small prybar to work at each side of the spindle (in between the spindle and the drum), until the drum assembly wriggled loose.  

*note - The control arm for the steering is secured by the bottom 2 bolts on the spindle.