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Hood release re-cable

Post by RustBucket » Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:35 am

As part of my dash/electrical rebuild I made the mistake of pulling the hood release cable out of the flex tube it's in. The flex tube is a soft plastic and since the cable is frayed a bit, it of course will not go back into the tube. The cable ends just poke into the flex tube. If there a way or is there a company that will put a new cable onto the hood release handle metal part? I wasn't sure if it was soldered in or swaged. I tried heating it up with a propane torch to pull the cable out, but it didn't seem to work (or maybe I didn't get it hot enough). Any ideas? I'd like to replace the cable part. Right now I'm running a stylish bike brake cable and housing as a stop gap. 67.5 1600.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by AC77 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:07 am

Where do you even get a new cable? Is this something someone sells? Curious what your solution was.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by JT68 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:39 am

Which year? I can provide. Email is best!
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by mraitch » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:19 am

@rustbucket
while you are thinking cables, you might want to do the same for the trunk.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by RustBucket » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:56 pm

Thanks guys for the input. I've still got my stylish bike cable for the release. I never ended up finding another solution. ....but now that JT68 offers.. JT I'll send you an email, you need a website to show off all your great parts. The picture below is the item I'm looking for.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by fj20spl311 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:34 am

You might be able to solder the frayed end and polish it so you can slide it back into the housing.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by Solex68 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:39 am

RustBucket wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:56 pm
Thanks guys for the input. I've still got my stylish bike cable for the release. I never ended up finding another solution. ....but now that JT68 offers.. JT I'll send you an email, you need a website to show off all your great parts. The picture below is the item I'm looking for.
Rustbucket
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In the end, what was your solution?
I could solder a new cable in but I worry it will come out. I tried to unsolder the original one out and mine did not come out, it broke. So I then cut it flush off and drilled a new hole down the center of the rod. The hole is probably a 1/4 inch deep. I am on the fence of soldering a new cable or buy a JT replacement unit. Just curious which route you took.
I did try to solder the frayed end but no solder would stick to it. I had luck with that method before on my choke cable.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by mraitch » Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:51 pm

currently, I just have a bicycle cable from the release to the cockpit - nothing fancy yet.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by Solex68 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:17 am

Solex68 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:39 am
RustBucket wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:56 pm
Thanks guys for the input. I've still got my stylish bike cable for the release. I never ended up finding another solution. ....but now that JT68 offers.. JT I'll send you an email, you need a website to show off all your great parts. The picture below is the item I'm looking for.
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Holden,
In the end, what was your solution?
I could solder a new cable in but I worry it will come out. I tried to unsolder the original one out and mine did not come out, it broke. So I then cut it flush off and drilled a new hole down the center of the rod. The hole is probably a 1/4 inch deep. I am on the fence of soldering a new cable or buy a JT replacement unit. Just curious which route you took.
I did try to solder the frayed end but no solder would stick to it. I had luck with that method before on my choke cable.
I replaced my cable this weekend and now it works better than ever. I used a bike cable. I severed of the existing cable when it would not desolder out. Not sure if it was soldered or pressed in, but it looked soldered. Anyway, the next step was to drill a new hole since there wasn't one anymore. It was filled with the remaining cable. Then I soldered in a new cable. I had to go one step further, I had to remove the sheathing and replace that too. What a job! It works so well now that I can't complain.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by RustBucket » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:54 pm

Sorry for the delayed response. I just ordered one from JT. Works great! Rustbucket
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by Gregs672000 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:55 am

Be sure to install the "emergency back up" release... it's a zip tie that is attached to the release and routed under the dash. If your cable fails, you can operate the release and open the hood... otherwise you no es happy! Do the same for the trunk release... drill a small hole in the trunk floor below the release, attach a long zip tie or similar to pull down the release and rout the tie through the hole. Seen to many trunk locks fail, resulting in drills, cursing and body damage.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by mraitch » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:39 pm

depending upon the year (at least '70) there is already a hold for the license plate lights.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by Bigtaku » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:03 am

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My cable and hood parts were lost in the mess of the paint shop moving from one location to another. Does anyone have photos of how it was routed and what I need to make this work? My fire wall had all the holes filled in so I have no idea where to start. This photo is all I have. I'm not sure it's for a 1968. I would gladly buy everything I need if it's available. I will post this in parts wanted as well.
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Re: Hood release re-cable

Post by FergO2k » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:28 am

Just a suggestion on the "back-up".
Zip ties tend to age with time and heat, so make the back-up using the thin wire rope sold as "picture hanging kit" at hobby stores. Even though very low cost, these stand up to heat and have simple "pliers swage" fitting in them that allow you to make a loop or install a handle.
(I now no longer even use my trunk lock, I just reach down and use the cable all the time)
Zip ties age and get brittle?
Sure do, on a recent backroads drive I went thru a dip at good clip and managed to drive over my own grill..... DOH! Some mild re-shaping now on the project list.
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