I'm giving it another try. Looking for any help, thoughts, insights into fixing my parking brake. Background: I have adjusted the rear brake cylinders so there is just a hint of drag. I have installed a new pb cable. The concentric bolt holding the pb lever is properly adjusted. Slotted rod attached to the front shoe is in place. Problem: when the brake cable is fully engaged (ie the pb lever is almost touching the backing plate near the axle and can not move forward any further) the slotted rod which is connected to the pb lever does not engage the leading brake shoe. The lever does not travel the full length of the slot in the rod. Observations: slotted rod needs to be longer or slot needs to be shorter or missing a piece or ?????
Jon if you have any pictures (images) that will be helpful. I've repaired a few of these (including reconstructing one where the parts were missing), but I can't tell what yours might be doing (or not doing) without some help.
Here are the pics of my problem. First pic is of BP lever fully engaged (ie touching the backing plate and can not go any further) Second pic (although hard to see) is the slotted rod with the BP fully engaged. The BP lever does not reach the back of the slot and therefore does not push on the brake shoe to push on the drum. What am I missing?
My guess is that since you are not able to cause the shoes to contact the drums by pulling on the disconnected cables, you may not have the mechanical parts between the drums and the backing plates installed correctly.