Through 1984 Models
Release the parking brake lever. Loosen the lock (rear) nuts on each side of the lever or on the frame bracket. Tighten the adjusting (front) nuts to increase tension, or loosen to reduce. Any adjustment must be made evenly on both sides. Be sure, after adjustment, that when the parking brake is released the rear wheels will turn freely with no brake shoe drag. Handbrake travel should be; through 1976-10 notches. From 1977-6 to 8 notches.
Lever stroke of less than 5 notches, will cause the adjuster to malfunction i.e., not adjust.1985-89 Except Conquest
- Pull the parking brake lever up with a force of about 45 lbs. If that value cannot be determined, just pull it up as far as you can. The total number of clicks heard should be 5-7.
- If the number of clicks was not within that range, release the lever and back off the cable adjuster locknut at the base of the lever and tighten the adjusting nut until there is no more slack in the cable.