What's the easiest way to remove the two hub brake cam pins?
There is no easy way?
I've been successful removing Ford's riveted pins by filing down the protruding riveting, drilling with a drill bit slightly smaller in diameter than the pin but not all the way through, just about 4/5 of the way through. Then knocking it out with a drift pin.
If it won't budge, then I've used 1. More force, 2. A slightly larger drill or 3: Heat
It's important to have the part supported in a sturdy vice or if that's not possible, supported by something solid (and/or heavy).
Thanks, Roger, I'll try that method later today and let you know the results! I figured there was no real "easy" way because nothing ever goes that smoothly, but if I can learn from others experiences then maybe I can avoid some headaches.
I always find success using an angle grinder to grind off the head of the pin and then drive it out with a punch... or a 16penny nail haha!
Anyway you look at it, they are a pain. Just be patient, and after you file the head off on one side, use the largest pin punch you can. Also follow the advice above and brace the other side on an anvil, or something really solid.
Roger has the right idea. I try to drill a little off-centre. That way the drill size can be stepped up until the hole almost breaks out one side. If the pins still won't budge, the next size drill will split the side of the pin, making it release easier. Support on the back side is essential when driving the pins out. A second set of hands comes in handy here.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under
Well, thanks to all the fine advice I was able to remove the four pins in my brake cam! Did exactly as was suggested - filed the heads down, drilled about 1/4 of the way through and used a punch to literally punch the rest out while resting the cam on a vice. Worked like a charm!