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Old 09-08-2003, 01:56 AM
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Stuck brake drum on '53 Packard

Well, the time has come for me to move the Packard to my new house. The car currently sits on blocks in the garage where it has been for the past 20+ years. It still has the rear axel in place, but the tires were removed by my Grandfather when he first got the car. I have a set of old rims and tires off of my brother's old Chevy 1500 pickup. They fit perfectly. I was able to get the passenger side tire one with no problem and it spins freely. The driver side is a different story. The tire and rim fit with no problems. Although the drum brake is stuck. It appeares that the brake shoes have swollen inside the drum. That is my best guess. I tried to remove the drum with a wheel puller to no avail. My dad gave me the advice to spray the intire inside of the drum with WD-40, let it sit, and then try to spin it. This worked to a degree, the drum spun a quarter turn and then stuck again. I have not been able to get it to spin again. I sprayed the entire drum again before picking up for the night. I will try again tomorrow to see if that has done anything. Also, the diff does turn, it is not frozen, the problem lie in the drum. Is there anything else I can do to get this thing to turn. I NEED it turning come Saturday, as that is the day it will be moved, I will not have anymore time after that. Thanks guys.

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Old 09-08-2003, 07:58 PM
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Try using a brake adjustment tool and turning the adjustment screw. Back it off by turning it away from the center of the wheel. If that doesn't work, the only other thing I know would be to remove the brake cyl. screws and cut the ends off the shoe nails. You should then be able to pull it.
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Since you can't get the drum to spin, you may not be able to access the adjusment. It's usually on the bottom.
I had the same problem, used a ton of WD40, a hammer to give it a bang from the sides. Then used a pry bar and used the studs (with nuts on) to try to get it to turn. Once I got to the adjustment section, it came off. Took a lot of hammering and patience. Keep at it and you'll get there...
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Old 09-09-2003, 12:32 AM
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Well, I got it to spin freely, which is what I really needed. The move is on Saturday, so now I will be able to move it onto the trailer and accross the lake to its new home. It took about half a can of WD-40, a 3-jaw pulller, and hammer, and a LOT of patience. Once I begin the tear down of the chassis and rear end I will have to worry about breaking it off the hub. I have a feeling it is rusted in place at the hub. Man this is gonna be fun.

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How far do you have to move it? You can buy dollys for the wheels to move around garages, parking lots, or any large flat surface.
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Old 09-10-2003, 11:08 AM
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Oh, I'd say a good 45+ miles. I have to go from Kenner, La. to Abita Springs, La. which includes crossing Lake Ponchatrain. We just built a new house over there. My uncle has a 16ft flatbed trailer to get it on, but i couldn't move it with the wheel stuck like it was.

Also, where can i get a set of those dollies. I am deffinatelly going to need some!

I will have pics of the car probabally next week, when I get my computer hooked up. Thakns guys for the responses.

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Old 09-10-2003, 11:09 AM
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I don't know if this will help, I've seen my Dad use a propane torch to heat the brake drum up. He would move the flame around the whole drum to heat it evenly. He'd give it a couple wacks with a small sledge and heat again. Usually the heat would expand the drum away from the hub enough to break the rust loose. Since you've doused it in WD you'll need to be careful. WD 40 is very flamable. Of course he was an old school mechanic, but it seemed to work great on those old wrecks we'd make into race cars. Man I can't tell you how many 3 windows he chopped up in the 60's

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Old 09-16-2003, 08:51 PM
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Well, getting that drum to spin really paid off!!! We sucessfully moved the car on Saturday. Took the 3 of us all dang day to get it onto to the trailer, across the lake, and off the trailer. I have one thing to say about it: D**N THAT ********R IS HEAVY!!!!! I have about a roll and a half of pictures that I will be getting developed this week, and posted into my now empty gallery. My back is still cursing me.
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