Trouble adjusting rear brake shoes on 51 pacemaker.
I don't know where to begin really. I installed everything new for the brake system on this car. I got it all together and it seemed to be working great. Lots of solid pedal and it seemed to brake just fine. A few days later I noticed a smell like something hot or burnt when I came home from a 10 mile drive on the freeway. I took it for another drive and had my temp gun ready to lay under the car and measure the drum. The outer surface of the drum read 500 deg F . I took the drum off and the front brake shoe is worn significantly on both ends of the lining. I discovered that where the top of the shoe hugs the anchor pin it was raised up away from the pin maybe 1/8" or so. I decided to try to do a major brake adjustment where you loosen the anchor bolt. Here is where things went sideways. I loosened the anchor bolt about a turn to see how far up and down it would move in the slot. It hardly moved so I loosened it some more and I got it to moving maybe 1/8 " up and down in the slot. I thought, I will take the bolt off and clean everything up real well so it will slide better during the major brake adjustment. I started taking the anchor bolt all the way off and it turned very hard. I kept turning and it didn't get any easier. (maybe it isn't supposed to come off?) Then I realized that I may have damaged something where it goes through the slot in the backing plate. Now it only moves up and down maybe 1/32 ". I thought, well I will just change out the backing plate with a different one ,until I realized the backing plate is riveted to the axle housing. Am I hosed? Do I need a different rear end now? I guess this is what can happen when an amateur gets in over his head. Thanks, as always, for any thoughts on this.