UNCLE! After puttering with it for over 2 hours...I see no way to get this project moving forward w/o removing the trans axle and that will be pendent on getting a decent floor jack.
As I see it, there are 2 bolts on either side where the axle housing comes out and a bolt on either side on the ends of the top bracket. Unless there is/are other hidden bolts and the hi/low linkage is unbolted from the frame, the thing should come down with the aid of the floor jack.
Apparently the hi/low linkage consists of 2 plates riveted on either side of the operating rods. I'm hoping by removing the bracket bolts, the linkage will have enough play in it to allow the axle to drop down enough to do the brake band repair without further problems.
This make sense?
Reconsidering: I'm thinking if the nut were removed from the end of the actuating rod, the rod can be pulled forward and out and with the other 2 bolts removed, the thing should come off the drum. Eh, it's late brain is fried, tomorrow's a new day.
Thanks for your patience guys.
Edited by Phluphy, November 24, 2015 - 05:57 PM.