1997 Escort LX, with nearly 200,000. I'm in the process of doing the drum to disc conversion plus going through everything else that's back there. Can the rear wheel bearings be pressed out of the hubs, or are they somehow permanently in there? I've got new hubs but would like to put some U.S. made bearings in there. I already tried pressing the bearings out (both ways), but without breaking anything, they don't want to move. On a side note, Ford no longer sells the brake backing plate/dust shield, and I can't find any online. Anyone have some, should I start searching the yards, should I fab some up, or do I even need them? Thanks for any help!