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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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JWL
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Another suggestion when storing for long-term is to stuff something in the tail pipe to keep critters from crawling in and plugging the exhaust.

Posted on: 10/29 13:53
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Re: KPack's 1954 Panama
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Custom Bowden cable fabricators seem to be slim pickings now. The AC supply shop I bought several from has apparently gone out of business and one who did airplane cables had rather high prices. Haven't found a retailer who sells complete Bowden cable material in bulk but Amazon has several inexpensive and fairly long universal choke or hood control cables that would work. Some of the cables have stranded inner wire and others are solid.

You might be able to get a couple of heater cables out of one of them after discarding the knob and mount. You can pull the inner wire out to cut the housing to length or cut only the outer housing to expose the correct length of inner wire. Just be careful not to nick the inner wire if you leave it in the housing. A Dremel with a thin abrasive cut off wheel works very well on the hardened wires.

The solid inner wire type can be bent in a crude circle to fit over the pins but it is hard to do without the proper equipment and harder to make the circle look pretty. Not sure if the wire is heated and done soft or if the wrapping machine does it cold. The stranded wire needs some kind of finished end fitting. An option on both types would be to remove the plastic insulation from an electrical ring type terminal with the ring sized to snugly fit over the pins on the various working components and tightly crimp the terminal on the inner wires.

Posted on: 10/29 15:10
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My heater control cables were rusty and some of them broke when I took them off and tried to lube them to free them up.
I bought raw cable from Aircraft Spruce and Supply. Not too expensive, they were very easy to deal with and it came pretty quickly.

Aircraft Spruce and Supply, Bowden Cable

The cable listed above turns out to be a little larger in diameter than the original, but I found it worked fine. I cut it myself and made my own ends. You just have to coil it around. It's not particularly difficult but you do need a pretty good pair of vise-grips and patience. I think I used a nail or something as a mandrel. Make sure to lube it with cable lube or silicon spray before making the second end, or otherwise it will be a lot harder to lube it (though you can do that by bending the housing and squirting the lube between the coils).

See below for a picture, which shows an old cable and a new cable. I agree it's hard to make the new cable coil as easily as the old cable, or quite as pretty, but one can make them work.

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Posted on: 10/29 20:17
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Thanks for the information on Bowden cables. I will need to pull mine off and measure them so I can order new ones. Haven't had any sort of time recently so I haven't had time to figure out how to pull off the heater controls and trim.

We had one last warm day a week or so ago, so I topped off the battery charge and took some of the kids out for a drive. I topped off the fuel tank and we drove about 20 miles give the car some exercise. I still need to add some stabilizer and run it through the fuel system. Just need some time and a not rainy or snowy day.

Can't wait to get some more time to work on the car.

-Kevin

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Posted on: 11/24 0:45
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