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67 vs 68 parking brake cables

I have a 68 coupe 302 with a 67 8" rear end in it. Rear E brake cable on passenger side seems too short to reach from dust shield to the first (rearmost) underbody bracket going forward (length of sheath from end to end is what seems short). Should I be using a 67 cable instead? Are they different lengths?
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Follow up question: Do the parking brake cables enter the dust shield from the front or the rear of the shield on a 68? The attached picture is of the passenger side and the red circle is where the hole for parking brake cable is. That hole is toward the rear of the car. Is it possible that the rebuilt the rear end put the dust shields back on the wrong sides and that is why the cables won't reach? Any insight is greatly appreciated!
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They definitely must enter towards the front of the car. As for the cables, yes and no. There are reproduction cables that will work for various years, 67 and 68 included. Then some more exact pieces that are year specific. So which do you have? However, if your backing back is reversed, that is probably the problem.
 
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Thanks Pete
I bought 68 cables from my mustang and they were labeled as such. It must be that the backing plates are on backwards because both holes for cables to enter are in the rear. Looks like I need to swap those around. Appreciate the help
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That should read "I bought 68 cables from KY Mustang"
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I think the backing plates are definitely on the wrong sides because the holes for accessing the parking brake adjusters are ipositioned toward the front of the car and should be towards the rear, no?
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If I remember correctly and after looking at a vendor catalog, the 67 e-brake cable system is two cables, while the 68 is one cable..

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Your backing plates are on the wrong side. I can't speak to the 68 cable length, but the cables should come out facing forward. They should fit in the retainer on the bottom of the car with plenty of extra room.
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Thanks for all the help guys. looks like a trip to the shop to pull the axles and swap the plates. I don't think hose plates will come off with the axles/hubs in?
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Thanks Pete
I bought 68 cables from my mustang and they were labeled as such. It must be that the backing plates are on backwards because both holes for cables to enter are in the rear. Looks like I need to swap those around. Appreciate the help
Were the cables you purchased the same length for each side ? or was there a short and long side ?

I'm doing the same rear swap in my 68, and may need to buy new cables.



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Were the cables you purchased the same length for each side or was there a short and long side ?

I'm doing the same rear swap in my 68, and may need to buy new cables.
For 68' they were not only of different length, the right hand cable differed if it was a 6cyl. too.

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For 68' they were not only of different length, the right hand cable differed if it was a 6cyl. too.
So, assuming that the drum brake connection will be in the same spot between a I6 and V8, they must have used a different length right hand cable for routing purposes ? maybe to get around the exhaust ?

I still have the I6 in the car with stock exhaust setup. I'm thinking that if I need new rear cables, I should order the I6 length cables since they will line up with the brackets underneath that car ??



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I still have the I6 in the car with stock exhaust setup. I'm thinking that if I need new rear cables, I should order the I6 length cables since they will line up with the brackets underneath that car ??
Yup. These images are from CJ's, part#'s PBCR05 and PBCR06. I'm sure NPD and others carry them too.
If you need or want a new front cable that would be #PBCF2.
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Were the cables you purchased the same length for each side ? or was there a short and long side ?

I'm doing the same rear swap in my 68, and may need to buy new cables.
No, much longer cable for the RH side, as this cable goes forward and then makes a 90 degree turn towards drivers side to meet up with the LH cable.

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