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    Henry tells me in his "Model A Instruction Book" that I should lube the speedo cable every 5,000 miles. I don't know if mine has ever been lubed but I want to do all "Henry" says. What is the most effective way to perform this vital fete?
    He also tells me that I should lube and re-calibrate the speedo itself every 10,000 miles?? Newby that needs some help!
    Thanks, Phil

  • #2
    If the speedo is working, I would leave it alone, or send it to a professional to have it lubed. The cable on the other hand is easily greased by removing the dash, unscrewing the cable, pulling out the center cable and stuffing it with a moli grease as you shove the cable back into the sleeve.
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      Times 2 on the WIZ

  • #3
    I give the housing a squirt of oil, then slide the inner cable through some grease in my palm as I push it in the housing.

    Make sure the housing is properly routed and doesn't have any kinks.


    • #4
      Make sure the speedo cable frame bracket is present and that it is mounted properly to the top of the rail.. Many cars have these missing which causes the cable to hang close to the exhaust
      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


      • #5
        If the speedometer is tight to turn, then I remove it from the housing and lubricate the bushings and gears. I use an Exacto knife and some rare earth magnets to remove the oval cover to clean out the old yellow hard grease, then give it a few drops of motor oil and some Mystik JT-6 High Temp red grease. I put a drop of oil on each bushing and gear.

        The last picture shows a speedometer I bought at a swap meet because the numbers were perfect, but a bushing had come out of place and was picked up by the speed dial magnet, which then jammed and snapped the shaft holding the wheel. These pictures are small and low quality because I had to use Google to go to photobucket to retrieve them, as photobuck now holds pictures for $400 a year ransom, if you want to see them as they were downloaded.
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        Last edited by Tom Wesenberg; 09-22-2017, 07:36 AM.


        • #6
          Thanks all. I really appreciate all of the pointers.
          I have all of the support clamps in place. Do I have to disconnect the cable at the drive line to pull the shaft out to lube it?
          Sounds like more than my capabilities (or patience) on taking the speedo apart, Tom.
          Last edited by Fixitphil; 09-22-2017, 11:05 AM. Reason: Adding


          • Mitch
            Mitch commented
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            post #2 remove the dash to pull it out the top

            disconnect the battery first
            remove the hold down clamp on the inside of the firewall this will give you more play when pulling the dash back to access the cable

          • birdguy45
            birdguy45 commented
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            Newbie question: since I'm already working under the truck, can I pull the cable thru the sheath from the transmission end to lube it? TIA!

        • #7
          Thanks Tom and Mitch


          • #8
            Newbie question: since I'm already working under the truck, can I pull the cable thru the sheath from the transmission end to lube it? TIA!

            long answer short,No


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