Emergency brake cable replacement
how do you replace the emergency brake cable on a 1955 Chevy pick up, it is just hanging loose behind shoes. I am clueless as to where it is supposed to hook up
For help in replacing the emergency brake cable, there are online diagrams like seen at NAPA and AutoZone, or from manuals like from Motors, Peterson, Chilton, Mitchell, Perkins, etc. Not much has changed in the area of drum brakes over the years. If the cable end at the wheel is hanging down, it means it is not connected to the actuator arm/linkage. You can operate a vehicle without the emergency (parking) brake, but obviously it's better (safer) to have a functional emergency brake.
The emergency brakes may become out of adjustment, the cable can seize up from disuse and road salts in northern climes, or it may have been left disconnected by someone working on it who was inexperienced. See the images below of the 1955 Chevy pick up. The color photos of the parts are from a '66 truck.