That's key right there. If his brakes are a little worse off and like tkirk mentioned, might have a ridge, he'll have to adjust them from the back side (assuming theres a hole in the back of the plate to access this like on every other drum brake vehicle i've worked on) with the drums on. Adjust the pads until you feel a light drag on the drum when you turn it by hand. As for which way to turn the star wheel, i'm not sure, i only did front brakes and rotors on my truck when i did both wheel bearings, i haven't tore into the back yet, but i'll find out when i do the gears shortly and pull the axles out.Find you a stretch of road that doesn't have any traffic on it and back up and hit the brakes. Do this over and over, back up, hit the brakes, etc. The self adjusters on the brakes should adjust them out for you if they're working right.
Yep, that's the way I was taught also. Course it would be kinda hard to do that without the access hole to get to it.I was taught to adjust until the wheel was locked, then back the adjuster off to a slight drag. Of course they may have changed procedures in the last 55 years. :gr_patrio