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#1 Buck Tales OFFLINE  

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Posted September 01, 2015 - 04:16 PM

Well all was well until I went to speed up the motor and WHAM, the throddle cable breaks. Cut my day short and to boot getting a new cable for a  1969 tractor is not going to be a quick run to the local auto parts store for sure. If I can even find 1 I figure I will have to wait a couple of days and get a used one in who knows what shape to boot. So on goes the thinking cap, now how can I fix a broken cable? Well both ends were moving free but it broke right in the middle. I looked at both ends and the cable had 2 "Z" bends to fit each end into the lever and the carb arm. BINGO, this cable looks like a bit larger than .035 mig wire. Out comes the cable assembly and I removed the old pieces from the sheath. Next I sprayed the liner sheath with some lube and inserted the mig wire piece I cut from the roll. It fit with room to spare and that mig wire is tough too. Next I bent the ends with needle nose pliers to make the "Z" bends. WALA, perfect fit and I was up and running again in under an hour. If you got the old sheath liner and can get the cable out of the inside this is a great way to do your own cables I believe. The one pick shows the roll of mig wire I ran off the machine and another shows the end I left long for the carb connection until I had it in place. The lever even works easier than before and all that stiff movement is gone. How sweet it is.

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Posted September 01, 2015 - 04:25 PM

If it holds up long term,  it can't be anything but genius.  :thumbs:


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 04:41 PM

Good thinking. I take it that is solid wire not flux core? I have a gasless Mig and the wire seems to break easily if bent. I do have a roll of electric fence wire that would likely work though.


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 04:45 PM

It's hard to find people that can think outside the box these days. Good thinking on the repair. Lots of people would have called it a day and waited for a new part. We have a hard time finding people who can improvise in the industry that I'm in. I had to make a guide roller for a track feeder when one of ours fell apart. I used an old cable pulley from a crane, a worn drive sprocket from one of our bucket elevators, and a length of shaft. The roller held up until the new replacement arrived. It's a blast making something work with what you have laying around. I think there are over 1,000 uses for welding rods other than using them for welding, HA!
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Posted September 01, 2015 - 04:54 PM

Thats quite the repair!

 

I do sell cables and inner wire by the foot if you ever run into problems with it


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 05:06 PM

Good stuff there.

 

I got a couple push mower cables that I keep just in case.Even though the plastic outer part is junk I keep them for the Cores.I gota do the same thing to the old sears if I can get the cable out.It's froze.A little oil and a wiggle should loosen it up.


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 06:21 PM

Pure genius = common sense thinking. Well done!


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 06:23 PM

Ditto on the flux core thing. If it was, I am surprised you got the bend in it


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 06:29 PM

No flux core, it was solid wire from a gas machine. It does work quit well and I figured if the original lasted since 1969 I should be able to get at least a couple years from this one. Besides it is the throdle cable which does not take a great deal of pressure to pull. I'll keep you guys updated if it fails in the next couple of years. :wave:  :rolling:


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 06:57 PM

I have done about the same thing using stainless steel wire in 36" lengths.  Bought a box full of .045 many moon back when I was building the bass lure called a spinner bait.  Had not found their way up north to Iowa but were used a lot down in Southern MO, Ar, Etc.  Made a truck load of them and some good money on the side.


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 06:58 PM

You've got my vote for genius.  I've even surprised myself at some things I've come up with for a temporary fix that actually turned out to be semi permanent.  Hope it holds up for at least two years and I believe it will.


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 07:04 PM

Great fix! I usually just go get a universal choke kit and fix mine!


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 07:29 PM

Nice job getting going in a hurry.  Keeping that Farmer Fixing Gene alive and well :thumbs:


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 07:46 PM

I have done about the same thing using stainless steel wire in 36" lengths.  Bought a box full of .045 many moon back when I was building the bass lure called a spinner bait.  Had not found their way up north to Iowa but were used a lot down in Southern MO, Ar, Etc.  Made a truck load of them and some good money on the side.


Yes I always have a few pieces of music wire in the shop. I have made a set of wire size pin punches, by drilling holes in the center of brass rods and holding the wire with set screws.
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Posted September 02, 2015 - 06:16 AM

Pure genius, I probably would have bought a piece of wire without even thinking about my mig. Good job.


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