Stuck rear brake drum screws

ford
brakes

#1

I have a 1966 Ford F-250. I am trying to replace the rear passenger side wheel cylinder, but I have ran into a small snag. There are 3 flat head screws holding the drum in place. I have sprayed them with penetrant oil and have hit them numerous times with an impact screwdriver. I have now come to the point where I am willing to fire up the oxyacetylene torch and blast the screw heads off. Does any one have any experience taking these screws out in a more traditional manner. By the way the truck has no working brakes and I can not take it to a repair shop.


#2

“ErictheCarGuy” has a YouTube video showing the ball-peen hammer method of loosening flat-head screws - it works for me about half the time. Give PT-Blaster a go at it. You could drill the heads off if you don’t want to set up the torch. Oxy-acet will blow the screw heads to kingdom come in almost zero time.


#3

I have torches, grinders…all the best medieval implementations :wink: but I would probably choose to drill off the heads over using a torch…


#4

The drum can be removed with the hub attached. Remove the axle shaft, loosen and remove the axle nuts and outer bearing and pull the hub. With the drum on a work bench it should be easier to remove the screws or leave them. It will be easier to repair the brakes with the hub off.


#5

My experience has been with Honda drums and rotors. They also use flat head phillips type screws to hold them on. When necessary, I have always just drilled them out. It’s quick and simple. I like to use a reverse drill (the kind used for removing broken bolts) because at some point it will often back out while drilling but a regular rotation drill will work fine.