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animal 04-08-2018 02:44 PM

shortening temp control cable
 
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I need to shorten a cable like this, and put the little coil of wire on the end to slip over the post on the heater duct butterfly. Any of you fine folks have a suggestion about a good way to do this? I thought I'd try to champ the wire in something, then wrap it around a rod or bolt to get the coil, but figured someone might have a less-crude, better way to accomplish this.

animal 04-08-2018 05:29 PM

They actually made a tool for this!
 
https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2016/0...the-toolbox-7/

K-D made a tool for this. I have three cables needing shortened and re-coiled, so this would definitely make it easier. Now, to just find some... :D

Dr Crankenstein 04-08-2018 06:40 PM

I'm glad you found that and thanks for the link! (I've ruined plenty of thing with the wrong tools.)


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phil cottingham 04-08-2018 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by animal (Post 493086)
I need to shorten a cable like this, and put the little coil of wire on the end to slip over the post on the heater duct butterfly. Any of you fine folks have a suggestion about a good way to do this? I thought I'd try to champ the wire in something, then wrap it around a rod or bolt to get the coil, but figured someone might have a less-crude, better way to accomplish this.

You might hold the end between the tips of needle nose pliers and wrap the cable around the pliers.

Old Iron 04-09-2018 08:26 AM

Cool tool
I just done one on my 37 GMC
Cut the length you want it to be and take a pair of vise grips, clamp the cable end to a 3/16" round rod and pulled it around the rod. Worked perfectly.
I only do one of these every decade or two so it doesn't justify the tool.
You could make a tool out of two screws and a piece of wood or steel.

animal 04-09-2018 11:08 AM

I've decided to just try this "old school"... Old Iron, your method sounds like the ticket. I'll try it today and see what happens. :)

hansgoudzwaard 04-09-2018 09:13 PM

Ben Modified
 
Mentioned this link on his micro car video.

http://www.flanderscables.com/FlanCableSearch.html

He used some of their products.

animal 04-09-2018 10:38 PM

TaDa!
 
I ended up putting a piece of 3/16" rod vertically in the vise, then laying the cable housing in the opening between the jaws while I gripped the end of the wire with vice grips and wound the wire around the rod. Worked really well, and was lots easier than I'd been led to believe by some folks I know. :) Thanks to everyone for the advice and suggestions!

Old Iron 04-10-2018 08:01 AM

Right on. The wire is not as hard as one might think [cl :cool:


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