Originally Posted by FordRanger4x4
Drive it at about 25- 30 m.p.h. With the e brake release handle pulled out SLOWLY apply the e brake. if the shaking occurs then your rear drums are out of round. If so have them machined or buy new ones. Do not fully apply e brake when doing this as you might lock the rear brakes and lose control. If the drums are the problem, I would replace the shoes too. Do one side at a time that way if you can`t figure out how parts go back, you can look at the other side and see. Ford drum brakes are really easy to do.
I did this test and the truck shook. So, went to Autozone and bought new drums, shoes, spring kit, and some 2000 degree flat black engine paint (always wanted to paint my rusty drums, nows my chance!!)
I took pics of everything before starting, and then did one side at a time. It was the first time I had ever done drum brakes!! Everything went well, just kept verifying I put things where they needed to go.
Put my new drums back on, bolted the wheels on and took her for a spin!!
THE TRUCK STOPS LIKE THE DAY I BOUGHT IT (EVEN THOUGH I BOUGHT IT USED 5 YEARS AGO!!) NO SHAKES!!!! NO RUMBLES!!!! NO LOCKING UP AT SLOW SPEEDS!!!
As a side note---the drivers side back shoes were missing a big piece of "shoe" pad material?? like it had broken off the metal part of the shoe. Also, on the same side, the metal gear thing that adjusts the brakes was not staying locked (i could move it freely either way) so i bent the piece that goes into the teeth so it wouldn't spin both ways freely.
I'm attaching pics of completed brake and my painted drums.
THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR HELPING ME OUT!!!!!