26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

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26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

Post by rgould1910 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:21 pm

How do you remove and install 27 brake shoes? I can't remove the spring much less reinstall it after the shoe is fitted over the tabs and the brake cam.

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Re: 26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

Post by henryford2 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:34 pm

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Re: 26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

Post by DanTreace » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:40 pm

Leverage ;)


Ford shows using a bar like tool, so both hands for the work.


But just did that this last week, my trick is a handy pair of good Vise Grips, snapped around the lower spring shank, and then placing a bar on top of the widest part of the horizontal locked pliers handles, used a socket extension bar, 8".

That gave grip with both hands to push down hard and stretch the spring so the hook fitted into the band lug. Keep face out the the way when looking to hook that spring in case something flies apart!

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Re: 26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

Post by Ruxstel24 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:49 pm

Wouldn’t modern brake spring pliers work ?
Available at most any parts store.
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Re: 26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

Post by rgould1910 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:02 pm

Thanks for the tips gents. I finally got the job done using vise grips and a bar for leverage. :P


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Re: 26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

Post by rgould1910 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:48 pm

Thanks for the info. I was able to mount the shoes using vise grips on the springs. Quite a job!

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Re: 26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

Post by JohnH » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:05 am

Ruxstel24 wrote:
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Wouldn’t modern brake spring pliers work ?
Available at most any parts store.
Some do, some don't. It depends how they are shaped. I find Vise Grips the easiest.

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Re: 26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

Post by Mark Gregush » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:09 pm

I would avoid anything like pliers that could nick the spring wire were the jaws grab it. Under tension that nick could lead to a break. I used the tool suggested above or a screw driver to pry it on.
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Re: 26 - 27 Rear brake drum question

Post by dunoon » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:46 am

I don't have hard time. I have the shoe off the car and attach the spring. Then I put the shoe on the backing plate and then push one of the shoe tabs on the cam and then use a screwdriver and pry the other on. It works for me.

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