I went to the right side and noticed that there was about a tablespoon of gear oil from the transmission on the floor. Before I resigned myself to tearing the whole thing apart, I checked the bolts on the bearing cover and found that all four were loose. After tightening them up, I swapped out the parking brake cable and put everything back together.
Here's where I am:
- Brake adjusters are dialed back completely
- New brake shoes/hardware
- New spreader bar and lever arm
- New parking brake cable
- Everything is tight/aligned.
The old drums came right off after the axle nut was loosened...the new one went on but doesn't turn and won't come off. The right side was assembled exactly the same and works fine. It'll be 'hammer time' tomorrow when I attempt to remove it again with a little more force (hammer and wood block) but I can't think of anything that'll keep it from turning. I have another set of brake shoes I could try but I don't know what else it could be if that doesn't solve the issue...the blue Bentley wasn't much help.
Yet another reason I'd prefer to have disc brakes at all four corners.