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#1 hardek OFFLINE  



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Posted July 19, 2014 - 07:03 PM

I just bought an old MF8 that was left outside for years. The original throttle and choke cables are still there but, they are seized up. They have steel coiled covering that have rusted and stiffened up. I tried soaking them both in a pail of trans oil. It did not do much any suggestion? I thought maybe automatic trans fluid and either kerosene or paint thinner I saw that online as a great penetrating oil. Thank you for the help.

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Posted July 19, 2014 - 07:24 PM

They may be too far gone to ever loosen up. 1/2 trans fluid 1/2 acetone is the recipe I've seen used for DIY penetrating oil. It may take a long time for them to free up when soaked, like a week or more. 

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Posted July 19, 2014 - 07:45 PM

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Posted July 19, 2014 - 07:58 PM

You can buy new cables for cheap at princess auto. For what it's worth, it just easier to replace, at least it was for me

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Posted July 19, 2014 - 09:20 PM

I am bad about soaking the something like that in acetone.  It usually works them loose.


I can also custom make cables any length you like.


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Posted July 20, 2014 - 12:53 AM

For the couple dollars new ones would cost, it's money lost trying to save the old ones.

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 06:56 AM

A often when a question like this is asked, the answers are often about keeping the machine original or pure and reusing the cables or finding OEM replacements. Kinda surprising to read that guys just replace them.
For the OEM look, can the handles be transferred and how best to do that?

As for saving the old, coiling them up will make a difference in penetration. About an 7" coil should be good, then put something thin on it. The thinner the better IMHO for a couple of days. After they get broke free, soak it again with kerosene and ATF for a day. Once in a while, work it back and forth and let it soak again. Be amazed how well an old cable can work again. If the inner cable is pitted tho, I agree on replacement. Little is more frustrating than breaking a cable after reassembly.
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Posted July 20, 2014 - 08:11 AM

What kind of control heads are on these cables ?

Like Ben mentioned sometimes you can just cut off the old cable and custom cut some cable and your good to go!

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 09:23 AM

These cables are still avail through your local massey dealer.They are exactly like the originals with new lever and t knob.I think they're around $20 for the whole assembly.

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 04:10 PM

Yes these are the original cables with the t handles. I will try the atf and acetone. thanks guys