I reposted in new thread start…from Maddy, on the 1952 FHC:
While I wait for parts I dove into why the front wheels won’t turn. Brake shoes seemed an obvious choice to investigate. The left front was stuck on but got it off with minimal effort then cleaned the drum surface and adjusted the shoes to be recessed completely. The drum went back on with no binding.
The right front was a whole different story. I could not get the drum to move with a plastic mallet like the left front. I had to get the 5lb sledge and tap the drum off. When that was t working I resorted to heating the drum then worked the drum off. I adjusted the shoes to be recessed like the other side and cleaned the brake drum surface.
Maybe someone has encountered this problem before, where the shoes are recessed fully and the brake drum still won’t go on without binding. Knowing better than to hammer it back on, what needs to be done to bring the shoes away from the brake drum even more that the adjusters will allow? Is the wheel cylinder fully extended? Perhaps I need to take that apart? Examine it. The brakes haven’t been used for some 20 years, there could be multiple things to look at. Thanks.