Re: Clutch cable #3 breaks
Depending on what I decide for my trans in my '67 I'm going to rig an
hydraulic system. Cables IMO are only one step better than bellcranks and Z
bars which are great for tractors ;^) StuK
"Wound Up" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Well, the third "custom racecraft" Teflon-coated clutch cable I've put
> into my Mustang for the Tremec conversion has broken. The first two broke
> at the fork. This one broke at the pedal. What a fantastic mess this has
> been. I am still determined to get it to work.
> All three, as I try to make a diagnosis, seem to have had the last 6" of
> them not entirely straight, and I think it's fatigued them at their ends.
> I did end up getting it to run very straight to the fork, but the hole in
> the firewall is slightly up and to the left of the pedal, causing a
> deviation from straight on when it's pulled on by the pedal. But the way
> the pedal interferes with the cowl pan (it needed to be BENT UPWARD to
> accommodate the modified pedal assembly) I couldn't put the hole any
> closer without actually cutting into the cowl pan. We're talking an
> offset from the firewall hole to the end of the cable of about 1/2", not a
> big nasty kink. And, the pedal arm doesn't pull the cable linearly,
> anyway. Would you concur this is the basic problem, or are the cables
> more likely crap?
> The vendor I used for this conversion is fairly well known. I do think
> he's way overpriced, and his driveshaft was an out-of-round POS, too. I
> don't want to give him any more money, I just want to stop breaking his
> damned overpriced cables, and/or replace it with something better.
> Can you take a cable like this somewhere and have it repaired, have them
> put a new (and better) end on it? I mean what else can I do? Can anyone
> suggest a better source for these cables? It's not even a high-po clutch,
> it's just a late-model Cobra clutch.
> I am so deep into this 5-speed conversion financially that I just HAVE TO
> get it to work... and I don't want to give this guy another dime, or pay
> him to tell me I'm an incompetent, basically. If anyone here can help me
> I'd really appreciate it.
> And, I really wish I had more to offer you guys in terms of technical
> advice, but I'm really just a masochistic hobbyist who always thinks, "oh
> hell, sure I can do that" but sometimes gets mired in stuff like this.
> Thankssssss again
> Wound Up
> ThunderSnake #65