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[email protected]#$%^&* Drum won\'t come off

I am trying to go thru the Jeep that I recently bought to see whats in it and what to fix. I get around to the rear brakes (Model 20 Narrow Trac with drum brakes). I get one side off and see that the shoes are almost entirely worn down. I go to the other side and cannot get the drum off the plate. The e-brake is off and cables are not binding, in nuetral, I rock it, hit it, pry at it, soak it in PB Plaster, etc. But it wont give. This still has the old two piece axle (those go soon) and the housing looks pretty rusted, but no worse that the driver's side and it came off pretty easily. The wheel rotates fine without dragging so I no it is not locked up.

Anybody got any other suggestions? I have not yet tried a torch to heat it up as I was a bit reluctant to do that.

Thanks for your help and comments.
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Re: [email protected]#$%^&* Drum won\'t come off

Air hammer. works every time.
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Re: [email protected]#$%^&* Drum won\'t come off

Again, I'm inclined to agree with Mach2.

The drum face plate is rusted onto the axle flange, particularly around the centering hole.

Give the drum some seriously hard raps with a HARD hammer around the outside edge of the face plate.

Then give the drum some serious raps with a hard hammer between the lug nuts.

If that doesn't loosen it (and I've seen them rusted on so badly it wouldn't budge it...)
you are just going to have to beat the drum off from behind.

Don't forget to use good jack stands and try and be safe!
I know it's miserable, but sacrificing the drum is the only way sometimes...
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Big chunk of 4x4 and liberal beating works 90% of the time for me..
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Re: [email protected]#$%^&* Drum won\'t come off

For about $10 you can rent a puller that won't destroy anything. Check with your local rental yard. Older repair shops often have them too.
Years ago those tapered axles were common.

Keep your eyes open at swap meets, yards sales etc. too - I've found them for $10.
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Yeah, I second the puller Idea.
I have a large puller that fits over my drums. I think I got it for about $15-20.
When I have a drum that will not give up. I put the puller on it, crank it down real tight... If it doesn't come loose, I throw a blanket, or welding leathers over the drum, and puller, and then smack it with a big hammer a few times. That game plan has never let me down.
The blanket is to keep things from flying all over when it finally comes loose.
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