Ok, so I took forever before I finally got around to climbing under my car and checking this out but I wanted to let you guys know what I found and see what your thoughts were. Just a quick recap: 82 Fiat Spider 2000, Handbrake stays in place but wont hold wheels.
I checked out the actual handbrake lever and even had someone pull the lever while I got under the car- everything seems to be moving like it should.. although it IS really hard to pull it up at all, even with almost total slack in the brake cable. Don't know if that might be an issue to look at.
The cable under the car doesnt seem to be hung up anywhere.
Raised the back and had someone press the foot pedal brake and the rear wheels were totally locked down. tightened handbrake as much as possible both under the car and pulling the lever- got a little tension but then nothing. I can spin the wheels freely.
Decided to take the wheels off and noticed when I rotate the driver side rear wheel, it will move a couple inches before it locks into the normal resistance of spinning the wheel. Like the rotor spins free through the pads a little in both directions before it locks into normal rotation.
The other side doesnt do it so I'm not sure if that's a factor or not. It's tight when wiggling top to bottom and side to side though.
I also took a picture of where the cable connects to the caliper.
I'm still learning a lot here so I'm not sure if this looks bad or not. I'm honestly not even sure how this works right here or even how to tell if it's frozen up. WOW these picture seems like a have a lot of rusted parts in this area! Kinda embarrassing to show you guys how bad it looks but I need the help so I'm gonna suck it up.
Any ideas? My knowledge is pretty limited at this point so anything is gonna be a HUGE help! Thanks!