Well, I'm committed. Approaching this project with some trepedation as I know very little about drums and drumming. Thanks to others on this site, I was able to identify, date (maybe) and decide to try to get this old kit together for my Grandaughter. Started this morning and immediatly had difficulty removing the pedal mechanism from the drum itself. I see a cog? with a threaded key comming out of where the attachement is. Turned it both ways not seeing much movement on the cog but seemed to have tightened the connection. I don't know how much torque drums can stand so some advice here would be helpful. Moved on and was able to get hoops, skins and other parts off the drum. I nearly dropped a nut when the back hoop/skin popped off. I thought I was into a rat nest. Do drummers routinely stuff there drums and why. Please see attached pictures and give me more ideas. Next will be addressing how best to remove/repair the leg nuts.