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Update Re: 87 RRC a/t shift cable

"Badger" <brianhattonnospammers@beeeteeeinnit.com> averred thusly in

> "Tor" <torofmaine@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:Xns9604D98FE9C38torofmainehotmailcom@
>>> 's a fancy cable which pushes as well as pulls, not a normal type.
>>> I guess that's why it's pricey.

>> Thanks to you both for the input. I guess it makes sense that a
>> 4-speed tranny cable is a 4-speed tranny cable, within the same model
>> family, since
>> the distance covered by the levers in the operators' hands will be
>> the same.
>> I'm hoping that the fanciness of the cable means it's sturdy enough
>> to be welded or crimped in order to be reattached at the operator's
>> lever. When I first saw the stub of it poking into the box
>> containing the lever and its
>> machinations, I thought it to be a stopping bolt or the like. I
>> didn't realize its true identity till I lifted the box out of the
>> floor. At that point, I needed to get out of the cold. Hopefully
>> I'll have time next weekend to do more about my poor, disabled
>> Rangie.

> Why not just accept the fact that the original has lasted for the best
> part of 18 years, a repair may not last or the cable will simply fail
> at the other end pretty soon. FWIW, spray some WD40 or similar
> penetrative / displacing fluid around the selector shaft where it
> enters the 'box to ease the cable force required as that is the prime
> cause of cables failing at the selector end. Bite the bullet and
> replace the cable with either new or known good.
> Badger.

Hello again; here's where I'm at.

The cable from the salvage yard has arrived. It's beautiful, and seems to
be exactly like the one I want to replace.

Trouble is, I can't get at the middle part of the old cable to get it off.
The gear selector end and the other end are quite easily accessible.

My Haynes manual shows that some Rangies have an access panel on the side
of the footwell. Mine apparently does not.

Please, somebody tell me it isn't necessary to drop the whole tranny just
to replace this cable. Or tell me how to get enough of the flooring up to
get at it. I don't see any screws where I'd like them to be. There are
rivets at the top of the footwell, but even if I popped them, I don't think
I'd have enough clearance to reach the central cable clamp.



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