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Removing Drum Sheild for Disc

I have a 69 Firebird and yesterday was working towards getting things ready for the disc brake I am putting on.
I got everything off till I got to the shield for the drum brakes. I can not get the upper bolt/guide/stud (piece that aligns the drum pads and holds some of the springs on) to break loose to get the shield off.
Does anyone have any ideas?
I have been soaking it with B12 Chem-tool and WD40.
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Anchor bolt. Use a longer lever.
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That should do it... it will come!

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Re: Removing Drum Sheild for Disc

Thanks.
I guess I need to get a vise to put it in.
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Yeah... would have been easier if it was on the car. I made the same mistake.

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Thanks. I guess I need to get a vise to put it in. Ray
Make sure the vise and table its bolted to is sturdy enough for the amount of torque.
Wear goggles also in case the tools break.

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Re: Removing Drum Sheild for Disc

Don't waste your time with WD-40...get some Kroil or PB Blaster (penetrating oil)

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See if someone at a local shop will hit it with an impact gun .... that will take it right off

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You are reusing your drum spindles for a disk brake setup?

Shouldn't you be getting new disk brake spindles?
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You are reusing your drum spindles for a disk brake setup?

Shouldn't you be getting new disk brake spindles?
Most conversion kits use existing spindles.
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Cool.

Well stop typing and pop that sucker off!

If worse comes to worse and you can't immobilize the spindle, just put it back on the car (don't crank on the ball joint nuts, just snug 'em up) and you should have enough leverage to back out that anchor pin.
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You are reusing your drum spindles for a disk brake setup?

Shouldn't you be getting new disk brake spindles?
There's a little trick where you can modify drum spindles for disc brakes.

http://www.pozziracing.com/brakes.ht...Drums_to_Discs <--here

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Ray,
See if someone at a local shop will hit it with an impact gun .... that will take it right off
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That's what you need to get them loose
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Most conversion kits use existing spindles.
My SSBC kit came with spindles but they were VISUALLY no different from the original drum spindles. I didn't mic them.

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