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Re: HELP EVERYBODY! ...
When I took my drums off the first time I had this same problem. Come to think of it I had this problem every other time I did it, too.
In my case even though I made sure they were compresssed in as much as possible, they were not located right in reference to the circle of the brake drum. I had to get so the axle was at eye level to get them back in round. Then it has to be in the right place in relation to the studs.
This would be a great idea for a tool of some kind. Just a flat thing with holes drilled in it to go over the studs but with narrow guides or maybe pins to locate the brake shoes in the right place. Its hard to get it lined up while wrestling a heavy brake drum and trying not to destroy the brake shoes.