Ok, I just am working on same type problem now. Here's what I discovered. Some one had replaced drums on car. They did not put them on right. Reason being that previous drums had been staked to hub by peening with a chisel/device the studs where they meet the drum. Below the threads the stud is slightly fatter and you can make stake marks and that's what was on them and when they put on the new drums they did not remove stake marks resulting in the drum holes being pushed up/bent on 1 side. So I reflatttened the holes with hammer and block of metal and then took my mini moto tool grinder and removed stake marks from studs. Now drum goes on without problem.I had no problem removing drum because holes were bent. It just fell off.
So I guess you removed grease cap and took nut off axle and that is how you removed drum with hub?Your drums must also be staked to studs. Look for the marks on studs right where studs meet drum. Also you might note that studs have extra at top with no threads. This so you can hit stud without damaging thread. You should use lead or special hammer. You can use regular hammer if your careful. You can support drum on edges so hub is free to drop out you can tap on studs by going around in sequence till hub drops out free. This may bend old drum but you dont care about that. Then you will have to remove stake marks from studs. You can use a file. Or like me a small electric grinder. Then just put hub and bearings back on then put new drum on. You can make a couple small stake marks yourself just to hold drum so it does not try to shift. Or you may not need to do so. Now you can adjust brake shoes to slightly drag on drum using adjuster hole in back of axle plate assembly.
They used to use the center hole for the drum alignment but they did tend to rust really tight and become very difficult to remove. So they must have changed to using studs for alignment. And to guarantee the drums were not accidentally misaligned by not properly seating around stud they decided to stake them.I dont like it. Makes the job more complicated.
Sunday, February 1st, 2009 AT 8:56 PM