Speedo Cable Core Kit

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  1. dibbons

    dibbons Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone been able to repair their early A Body broken speedometer cable with a kit like this? Thank you.

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  2. SGBARRACUDA

    SGBARRACUDA ROY FABO Gold Member

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    Years ago that was a common part at the auto parts store. I sold many of them. I sold a brand called Perfect Parts. Yes they work very well.
     
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    ATP Y-803 or ATP Y-804
    It depends

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  4. Mike69cuda

    Mike69cuda 66 is the new 17 FABO Gold Member

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    I did it on a 69 cuda. Worked good. As long as your housing is ok you should be good.
     
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      What l listed above only cost around $8 on Amazon and I was able to just the cable portion and it work perfectly.
       
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      • Tooljunkie

        Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

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        The little crimper piece is a pain. Instead of a hammer, carefulling in a vise does the trick.
         
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          Make sure to get it lubed properly and no kinks in the housing or the speedo needle will bounce.
           
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          • cudamark

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            And make sure the speedo head isn't seized.
             
          • Demonracer

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            I repaired many of them in the 60s & 70s, after the first one gave me problems I made sure the inside of the casing was ultra clean. I put powdered graphite in the casing & spun it with a drill to distribute it.
             
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            Yes, I used that recently on my 1964 Valiant slant-six, bought on ebay. I had a new speedo cable which supposedly fit, but wrong fitting at the 904 transmission. I found the OE cable was broken and twisted up at the transmission end. After working all those wires out, I was able to slide the new ATP inner cable in. Be careful cutting it to length. I probably cut it with a Dremel tool abrasive wheel. I lubed it with bicycle bearing grease, but there are special cable lubricants. I also slid heat protection where the cable passes near the exhaust pipe - silicone sheath w/ fiberglass inner liner.
             
          • toolmanmike

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            • pishta

              pishta I know I'm right....

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              the crimp tool sux. when you use it as directed it splayes across the fitting. Use some supports like a vice and it should keep it together enough to crimp the tip. Use a dry lube, ie. graphite. The bearing grease may start attracting grit. Not sure how it gets in there but every one I pulled out had like a sandy coating.
               
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              Thanks anyway, but the four listings at NAPA are all the wrong fitting for the 1965 904 and all the wrong length.
               
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              Anyone know what the differences are for the 4 cables at NAPA? I have a 3 speed manual in my car, and would like to install either an 833 or 833 OD.

              For the OP, anyone know how many different types of speedo cables were there in 1965?
               
            • cudamark

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              The types are the same, it's the length that can be slightly different depending on the engine/transmission combo. Most will interchange from '63-5, just get a measurement off your old housing to get one the proper length. The '66-7 cables will work if you're going with the '66 and later transmissions. You'll just need the correct later speedo gear (depending on your rear end ratio and tire size) and the gear holder and retainer.
               
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              dibbons Well-Known Member

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              I don't know the differences but I can tell you my 1965 Valiant/Barracuda use what is in the following photos and the core cable inside is 59 inches long.

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            • JDMopar

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              The last one in the NAPA link that Mike posted will work great in my 65 Barracuda. I'm using a later model 998 or 999 in it, so both ends will be right. 4" of extra length will be just fine. :)
               
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              I just received the universal inner cable drive replacement kit in the mail. I almost understand crimping the fitting on the round end, but what do I do with the two mini-washers? No instructions included, of course.

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              I dont know.
              Lokar published .pdf instructions for their cable kits. MotionPro instructions online also. Universal applications, so some may need the washers (spacers?) while others dont.
               
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              dibbons Well-Known Member

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              Some "advise" to use "a vice" instead of hammer. Still can't find any use for the tiny washers.

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              Here's a real speedo repair kit (sold at auction for twenty bucks).

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              dibbons Well-Known Member

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              I still don't see what the loose washer is going to do if you put it on as shown in the illustration. Had to find instructions on internet search.

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              I believe the original cable housing, when the cars were new, had washers that slipped over each end of the cable inside the coupler fittings.
               
            • cudamark

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              I think they were used as a thrust washer in some applications. They we went under the add-on head end and kept the end from rubbing directly on the housing.
               
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              (Per post #23) When you spin/tighten on to the dash end then that provides a little buffer surface to cushion things on the "nut" side then. Makes sense.

              Per post #24, that would entail adding another washer on the other side after it was splayed in place which would cushion the speedo side.
               
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