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TO 35 Brake drum removal

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TX Mack

02-21-2007 20:58:15

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I need to remove my TO 35 (1955 model) brake drums so I can replace leaking seals. My manual doesn't cover the process at all. How about some tips for a novice. Thanks, Mack

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02-22-2007 09:21:11

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 Re: TO 35 Brake drum removal in reply to TX Mack, 02-21-2007 20:58:15  

A hand held impact driver will usually remove the slotted screws holding the drums in place. These are available from Harbor Freight at a modest price.

On the occasions when my impact driver will not remove the screws, I use the large flat screw driver bit and 1/2" socket adapter from the impact driver to install it on my 1/2" electric impact wrench. So far this set up has never failed to remove the screws.

Of course once you have the screws removed the drums may be rusted to the axles. If so, GOOD penetrating oil, finese, and patience will usually get them off. Be sure to back off the brakes before trying.


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Jim in OH

02-22-2007 10:07:46

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 Re: TO 35 Brake drum removal in reply to Dean, 02-22-2007 09:21:11  
Dean.. I have one of those, and I hate it, which is why I didn't mention it... I tried it first, messed up the screw more, broke the bit, then went to the home made tool... Glad you had success.... It gave me a headache, and that is after I figured out which way was "lefty"..:-) Jim

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Jim in OH

02-22-2007 06:14:24

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 Re: TO 35 Brake drum removal in reply to TX Mack, 02-21-2007 20:58:15  
Sometimes these are stuck pretty good!! After mangling the head of a stuck screw of my 53 year old tractor, I took a short 3/8" drive extension and ground it (across corners) into a nice well fitting screw driver attachment and using my impact wrench made short order of removing all of the screws.... Even if you don't have an impact wrench and use your ratchet, you will have something that fits and have some good leverage. Maybe you can buy this tool also.. Worked well for me.. Jim

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Lester G

02-22-2007 05:45:06

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 Re: TO 35 Brake drum removal in reply to TX Mack, 02-21-2007 20:58:15  
Hi TX Mack : Well its not all that hard to get them off. I did the ones on my F40 last year.After you get the wheel off you will find 2 large slotted panhead screws in the drums near the axel. Remove these with a large screw driver.Then go the back side of the drum and you will find a slot to adjust the brakes shoes tension. Back these off and then the drum should slide right off unless its siezed to the axel face, then just tap it lightly to free it up.Good luck and if you have anymore questions feel free to email me,ok. Good Luck Lester

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