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    Finally got around to adjusting the parking brake on my Deuce. I was having trouble with the cable as well. It wouldn't move. I was looking at it the other day and I found a grease fitting on the cable under the cab that I had been told about but had never seen. So... no grease in quite some time. A few squirts of grease and the cable now moves.

    I had heard adjusting the parking brake could be a pain, and it was very awkward getting to it and keeping wrenches on it, but it is so nice having a nice tight parking brake again.
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    What were you adjusting with wrenches? Is this not usually done with the rotation of the handle?

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    I consider the handle a way to fine tune the brake. To adjust outside the range of the handle, you need to find the lever on the drum under the truck. Might be able to see it between cab and cargo bed, but to adjust, you need to sit under the truck.
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    Not all parking brakes are the kind with a twist top. Those of us with older "whale tail" handles, have to adjust the cable at the top of the brake arm.
    Don't worry about the size difference

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    While your under there, check the return spring above the brake shoes, at the end of the cable... It's attached to a small metal tab... I just replaced my shoes and saw that the spring had cut a 3/4" groove across that tab and was about to become unsecured. I had to drill a new hole to hook the spring to before it failed. You'll need at least a foot long drill bit to reach up in there over everything to do it.
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    Don't forget to make sure the "U" or horseshoe spring is there on the bottom of the shoes also or the rattle at certain speeds will drive you crazy trying to find. it.
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    not all brake cables have the grease fitting either. none of the new ones you can buy have them
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    John, I think the cables w/o the grease zerk is for the adjustable handle and the ones with are for the whale tail style. I have never seen them any other way. .02
    Don't worry about the size difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpyrobb View Post
    Not all parking brakes are the kind with a twist top. Those of us with older "whale tail" handles, have to adjust the cable at the top of the brake arm.
    I too have the whale tail brake handle.
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    If the nut on the end of the cable (assuming its same on old style cable as new) has moved once keep an eye on it as it may move again. Simple fix is just to put a second nut against the first one to keep them from moving. The one on my deuce loosened itself after I had adjusted it so I just double nutted it....problem solved.
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