This shows how it's assembled, but take your own pics before you start, and during the job.
The key to making everything work right is CLEANING and lubricating (yes, inside the brakes). Avoid breathing the dust & vapors, but use whatever it takes: compressed air, wire brushes, aerosol brake cleaner, toothbrushes, solvent tank, sandblaster, wirewheel... Keep taking pics (or just set up your phone to video you), but disassemble EVERYTHING & clean all the crap out. Then apply the proper grease to every point of metal-to-metal contact, but NOT so that it can work its way to the friction surfaces:
If you shop around, and order them in-advance, you can probably get MotorCraft shoes & drums (and pads & rotors) for about the same as cheap aftermarket brakes; substantially less than aftermarket gimmick brakes (frozen drilled ceramic...). When it's clean, lubed, & assembled correctly, the autoadjuster works.
But you should NOT rely on it for INITIAL adjustment. For the autoadjuster to work, the shoes must contact the drum with some force, and that doesn't always happen with new shoes (particularly if the drums are old). So either make the initial adjustment by trial-&-error (repeatedly expand the shoes & install the drum until it doesn't fit, then back off the adjustment), or buy the tool to make the initial adjustment: