My first drum brake rebuild was an "experience"..I had a '63 VW Beetle,that needed a rear wheel cylinder,and probably new shoes too,as fluid was oozing out of the drum on the drivers side..I was 16,hadn't worked on cars much by then yet..
My neighbor who sold me the car was a VW enthusiast and had a garage with about every tool needed to fix one..
First thing I had to do,was remove the cotter pin from the HUGE nut holding the rear axle to the drum..that took about 2 hours,it broke off and was rusted tightly into the hole..finally had to drill it out..
Then I borrowed a large 3/4" breaker bar,the huge socket that fit the nut,and a 10 foot hunk of pipe to jump up and down on,till the nut came loose (torque spec was 225 ft lbs!)..OK,got the nut off..now the drum wont budge..tried beating on it from behind with a hammer,and feared I'd destroy it..pried on it with big screwdrivers,it was not budging!..
My neighbor told me "You need a puller to get them off sometimes,and I have one"--he lets me borrow it,and I set it all up,and start cranking on the nut to pull the drum off..finally after using a cheater pipe on the wrench,I hear a loud "CRACK",and the drum pops hree--SUCCESS!..but when I took it all the way off,the shoes,all the hold down hardware,and half of the wheel cylinder pistons fell to the ground..
I had no idea what went "wrong"..
Then I remembered !!..I had set the emergency brake TIGHT when I went to jack it up,because it tried rolling off the jack as I lifted the car up...so,the shoes were so tight against the drum,I litteraly ripped them off the backing plate,and bent it badly,and ruined the wheel cylinder ,which I had planned to rebuild instead of replacing,already bought the kits to do both rears!..
DUHHHH!..I felt really stupid that day...my 30 dollar wheel cylinder job turned into 100 bucks worth of parts...had to scour junkyards to find a good backing plate,luckily I came across a bug that evidently just had new brakes installed just before it crashed,so I bought everything off both sides for 50 bucks..
I learned early that some auto repairs should be left to real mechanics..as I age,I send more work to a friend,even though I know how too,and maybe could,do it myself..you really need air tools and a lift as you get older,and I dont have either of those..