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Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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I will be be needing to buy a brake drum puller to service the brakes on my 48. What’s the right model puller for this car? I’ve been offered the one pictured for a reasonable price. Was told to use a cheater bar with it...that it didn’t come with the T-handle for the main worm. Advice please. And thanks.

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Re: Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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You will probably need the bar that is supposed to go with it, along with a heavy sledge hammer. However, if the hex isn’t so flared as to not be able to get a socket onto it, you might have some luck with a pneumatic impact wrench.

Having said that, you’re probably better off buying a new one. Here’s the one I use (shown on a 14” Henney-Packard drum) and has served well for many decades.

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Re: Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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And pound on the "dogbone" bar not the end of the threaded shaft.

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Re: Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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Thanks, both of you.

PackardDon is that a “Universal” puller? I see one on eBay for about $230 that looks to match the same characteristics of yours, here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/362846945537

JW - thanks for the word. What I was calling the T-handle, you are calling the “dogbone bar“. Yeah, I wouldn’t hammer on the end of the worm, but on the ends of the bar.

My primary concern with the puller I was offered is that it is missing the dog bone bar on the end, and the hex has been pretty beat after probably a lot of years.

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Re: Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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You can get one for a lot less than $200 For the number of times you're use it a cheapie from Harbor Freight or a $70 Ebay one will do the job. Also check your local parts place a bunch of them have loaner tools. Just look it up Amazon has a Kauplus universal puller for $70- I think it's the same one I use and it works great.

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Re: Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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I’ve been offered the one pictured for a reasonable price.

Depends on what you call a reasonable price. If reasonable means cheap, IMO it might be worth a taking a chance since aside from the end it looks in decent shape otherwise and more importantly looks to be of an appropriate size. It is likely not something you will use more than a few times anyway to spend a lot of money on new unless you have more than one car that could need it. Rentals can get expensive if you run into a stubborn hub and need more than a day with the tool but that might be a possibility. On the $70 item it might work as long as it is not too small or made from cheap castings and weak steel. The larger Packard Custom hubs can take a surprising amount of strength and pull to remove particularly if they have not been off for years. No matter which puller you wind up using make sure to loosen the nut a few turns but leave it threaded on the axle while pulling the hub. When the hubs break free they can shoot with force and a considerable distance if not restrained.

There looks to be evidence of maybe something like a pipe or Stillson wrench being used in place of the dogbone. I agree that it is doubtful a socket would hold on the chewed up hex but you might be able to use another pipe wrench with a longer handle than the dogbone to get added leverage. The extra length might over come the loss of impact from hitting the dogbone ends.

Possibly even have a bar welded on the end to hit and thus mimic the dogbone and still leave the chewed up area behind the bar to use the pipe wrench leverage or maybe you can grind and dress up the hex to fit a smaller size impact socket instead of welding on a bar and then use an impact wrench and socket wrench to tighten and as backup the pipe wrench for leverage.

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Re: Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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Some drums come off more easily than others and in some cases it takes considerable rotational impacting interspersed with hits at the center to build up enough force and that has been typical in my experience. I would buy new or good used but complete use one, or even rent one, before considering one in such poor condition!

In the photo I showed of the puller on my 1951 Henney-Packard, I had a surprise a moment after it was taken as a tiny tap popped it off but I had already used my pneumatic torque wrench to its limit so perhaps I shouldn’t have seen surprised. That was the first time I had done one that way. The other side, though, was a major surprise as the drum popped off when I was simply finger-tightening the puller’s screw to the shaft! A bad seal had lubricated it all so well that it just about fell apart.

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Re: Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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Oh my! That image......someone got into my garage and avoided all the security systems! Ha! Yup, that's a pic I posted on another forum trying to help a Ksiset owner out. That said, I'm selling everything. The 400 has been sold. If someone needs this, I don't, PM me a reasonable offer.

Posted on: 5/25 16:59:09
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Re: Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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Did you post this where you had intended? It seems out of context.

Posted on: 5/25 17:41:02
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Re: Brake drum puller -‘48 Custom
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Thanks again to all of you for the info, very helpful. Kevin, thanks for the offer on the puller but I think I'll pass on it for now.

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