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  • '34 Speedo Cable Routing Help

    Hi, new member here....I am in the tail end of restoration of my 34 Fordor and I need some help with routing the speedo cable before I start closing up the floorboards.

    Does the cable go through the same grommet in the frame as the grounding strap and out the same location as the fuel and battery cable? Or does it go just like I have it, underneath the frame edge and anti-chatter rod? (see pic)

    Are there supposed to be any clips/clamps holding it? (other than the inner firewall one) I could not find a clear picture or explanation in my books or my web searches.

    Also, is anyone reproducing the engine splash shields/pans? They are the only items left to complete my car....Originals seem to be few and far between...

    You can also check out some pictures of my restoration here at this link of interested:

    Thanks for any help!

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  • #2
    Hey Rich Welcome to the VFF!!
    Love your car and those restoration pics. Beautiful job
    3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"
    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr


    • #3
      Hey Rich, WELCOME to the VFF!!!

      If memory serves, which at times is iffy, the speedo cable is routed the way you have it and I believe there was a clamp that held it toward the outside of the car. It has been years since I messed around with one of those, so please don't take it as gospel. One thing to remember is give it lots of grease, something other than the white grease, I prefer molly grease, never had it dry out or bind the cable. The routing of the cable should be as smooth and relaxed as possible, no sharp corners or kinks.

      BTW, excellent example of a restored Ford. Very well done!
      Last edited by DaWizard; 02-16-2018, 02:26 PM. Reason: twinky fingers
      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


      • DaWizard
        DaWizard commented
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        BTW, that '30 Fordor ain't too shabby either, very nice.

    • #4
      Thanks guys...really appreciate the kind comments. The Model A is actually a '31 Slant Windshield Deluxe Town Sedan, finished it up last April. Lots of fun...there are pictures of the restoration of it on my Flickr page as well. You can see them here:

      I used this lube for the speedo cable, found a lot of these .24 ounce tubes on eBay, they work great!
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      • DaWizard
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        Not to dump on that lube, but squeeze some from the tube and let it sit in open air and see if it gathers a shell or begins to harden at all. May take a couple weeks to find out, but give it a try. Just to see.

      • DaWizard
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        That radiator shell is 1930.

    • #5 is a 31 shell....I body colored the top insert as some were done that way. I will try that test with the lube...
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      • DaWizard
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        Ahah!! caught me, but you have to admit, in your avatar it looks chrome, not white. HAHA!! Still nicely done!

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