I did not try that, good to know.Those things are notorious for swelled brake hoses that don't let the brake fluid out of the cylinder.
Did you try cracking the lines right at the cylinder before removing drums?
Also, while you've got all your shit out, change the clutch throwout bearing and make sure the new one is full of grease. It's a bitch to grease.
Yea I noticed that right off the bat the bearing looks like shit. I felt like it could be by the way the pedal felt.