Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Re: 63 Galaxie - Some questions
They can stick sometimes. Get a big three jaw puller. They probably have a whole set of different sizes cheap at Harbor Freight. Make sure the speed nuts between the wheel and drum are removed (probably long gone), then tighten it up somewhat, and use a large hammer around the drum. It will eventually pop loose with a bang. Use common sense on how much to tighten and how hard to hit it. Too much torque and you'll actually see the drum bending. Once it breaks loose, you might need to adjust the shoes in some to get the drum off.
You really need a shop manual for this or at least the picture showing the (correct) placement of the components. The two sides are mirror images. Make sure to get the deluxe/full hardware kit which includes the shoe pins and springs, the big springs, etc. The four brake shoes are different - 2 with bigger pads, 2 with smaller. Big on back (rear of car). Make sure the adjuster star wheel threads are clean and turn easily. It's a good idea to replace all the brake fluid from time to time of course, and also (at least) all the flexible hoses. They can deform on the inside, holding pressure on the wheel cylinders to a degree. Like a check valve.
1964 Galaxie 500 2 dr Fastback, 390, 4 speed, Indianapolis Indiana