they should just lever off , as an aside this has a great write up on drum brakes
Kawasaki Bighorn 350 Street Fighter / Road Racer Build-Up
I have taken off the front wheel from my newly acquired quattro to overhaul the brakes as they are nearly non existent. The inner hubs were shiny and the pads, although not very worn are pretty well glazed. I have the shoes off the back plates and these have been cleaned with brake cleaner. I cant see how to get the shoes off the cam spindle. Is there a special tool to hold the shoes apart when taking them off?
Easier to do if the pivot is still in the backing plate. Lift up the shoe a bit and use a screwdriver to pop them off. Easy
1978 Benelli sei, 1973 Benelli 250 SuperSport, 1968 Benelli Dynamo Trail, various OSSAs, Betas