1996 Volkswagen Jetta

Brakes problem
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 67000 miles

I just replaced the emergency brake cables on a rear drum setup. After following proper procedure in replacement, I attempted to adjust the emergency brakes inside the car at the emergency brake handle. At full adjustment, the brake still does not make contact. I pulled the tire off, the rear drum brakes are still good, and the cable is attached properly on both sides. There is no adjustment at the drum that I can see. However I'm still a good 6'' from making contact, I need to do a clutch job and placed shims at the emergency brake handle adjustment to make it work temporarily. What could cause the cable to be 6'' from making contact in this situation?
May 15, 2010.

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