Paul G wrote:You need to release the adjuster and push the shoes inwards. Using a small screwdriver put it between the adjuster and the round post on the lever and just twist the screwdriver a bit and the adjuster should release and pull the shoes inwards - if not twist the adjuster screw with one hand and push the shoes inwards with the other.
When this is done make sure the shoes look like they are central in the backing plate - if they are cocked to one side that can make drum refitting difficult.
Oh this all brings back memories for me - I remember the first time I changed rear brake shoes on my own as a 16 year old. I was on it all day and in the end I lost my rag and put a lamp hammer through the rear light in rage! I don't suggest you follow my example however!
Thanks Paul, I'll have to try this next time I gave up today after 5 or so hours - I was very close to smashing something as well!!
I've left the car up on jack stands so I'll give it a bash -literally- when it's not raining and I have some spare time again,