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hubs on a 1949 ford, how to remove them

we are tring to remove wheel hub on a 1949 ford was told that there is some kind of tool that they used then?brakes need to be replaced and when the car is moved the wheels drag, the car was suppose to be in a show at 9am today

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Drum wear

When the brake shoes wear, they also wear away the brake drum surface, creating a grove the width of the shoes, A brake shoe adjuster "spoon" Is used to adjust the shoes.They are a flat piece a metal about 1/2 wide with a slight Z bend on the ends. The bottom of the backing plate has an flat oval hole, it should have a rubber plug to keep out dirt and water, YOU reach in the hole with the tool and turn the Star adjuster either raising up or down on the end. You should be able to find more info and picts if you search How to adjust drum brakes
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i honestly don't know if your car and my tk brakes sys are the same or not.. but.. look on the back side and see if u see 2 nuts in the upper half.. mine are 11/16". if so then turn ea one to the inside till it stops. that takes all the slak out..
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New design for 49

If I remember right 49 was the First year for the "modern design " self energizing drum brakes on ford cars. LIncoln used them a few years earlier. I don't know the years on pickups but 50's pickup Modern design brakes would be adapted to 48 and earlier.
There is a lot of Info on the Hamb site where a lot of guys try to build a ride with parts the way they were done in the Old days.
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To remove the front hub you remove the dust cap, red arrow. Then the nut (1) then it comes off.

Don't know what that has to do with the brakes being you usually leave the hub for a normal brake job unless you want to repack the bearings.



If the drum is probably stuck over the shoes as Timothale described.

The rear would require a puller to get the hub off the axle.



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As Timothale pointed out, '49 was the first year that Ford went to the Bendix design self energizing brakes on automobiles. The rears should be as simple as removing the 2 or 3 spring clips on the wheel studs and pulling it off. Unfortunately, these drums are hub centric (as are the wheels) a tight fit on the axle hub, often rusting so tightly together that and it becomes difficult to separate. There are a few ways to loosen things up - whanging on it with a hammer usually doesn't work, penetrating oil and whanging may or may not work (usually not), heating the steel center section of the assembly(not the cast iron outer drum) will usually work. Then there is that last straw - drilling some holes from the center out to the axle hub edge and a cold chisel. All of this assumes you have retracted the brake shoes as described above. The front drums come off with the hub. Retracting the brake shoes, removing the cotter pin, nut, washer and outer bearing should allow you to disassemble the fronts (Brian, these hubs and drums are held together solidly by the studs and become a 'assembly' which can only be taken apart on a work bench)

You can also center/move the brake shoes around on these by turning the adjuster bolts at the top of the backing plate, but that may cause worse problems if you were to break one Then it becomes cutting torch work

Now, if you are talking about a pre '49, that's a differently colored horse with a Lockheed design brake system ....
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