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Old 07-09-2018
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Default Throttle Cable Snapped - Redneck Solution

I posted this on the WOG Facebook page, but had requests to share it on the forum as well. I figured my fellow WOG'ers would get a kick out of this. These Birds are all about making memories and spending time with our families. It doesn’t get much more memorable than this... LOL

We made it home in our “new to us” 1984 Wanderlodge PT-40. The bus had been sitting for nearly 7 years so we expected to have a few mechanical hiccups on our 1000 mile journey to bring it home. I changed the fluids, compressor hoses and a few other odds and ends before we left Denver headed to Texas. We made it over 900 miles without incident (she runs great!), but 30 miles from our home, while attempting to merge into San Antonio traffic we lost all engine power. I was able to coast the rig into a parking lot, popped the hood and found that our throttle cable had snapped.

25 minutes in the parking lot, a couple of hand tools, some electrical wire, zip ties, a little ingenuity, and this is what you get...

(Video Link) https://www.facebook.com/colin.davis...910029751/?t=0

A redneck hand throttle...

Thanks to the advice on this forum, I'm having a new cable made up by Speedometer Service in Oregon.
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What’s a Facebook ?


Lol, how far did you drive with that ?

I know the feeling of a broken cable, lots of fun.
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thanks for posting it here on WOG,the place to go for wanderlodge help!
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Drove a little over 30 miles with the handle throttle. Figured out along the way that I still needed to work the accelerator pedal to keep the transmission kick-down working properly.
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not bad Colin . I had a similar experience back in 1996 or so with our PT38 8v92 . Here is what we did .

my day sat on the bed with a shoelace tied to the throttle .

my brother was in the kitchen

I was driving .

so I say more fuel , brother John relays to pop , pop pulls shoelace we drove also around 30 miles or so and then used a bicycle cable for the repair and as fare as I know it is still on there . Nice job
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That would have worked nicely with a ship's enunciator, or at least a speaking tube.
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I like the way you think!
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Al, that's awesome! Teamwork at its' best

We were towing our 2007 GMC 2500HD when the cable broke and I wasn't sure that I wanted the extra challenge of towing something on top of learning to drive with the impromptu hand throttle. We unhooked the truck and I had my wife follow me home, but when it first happened we discussed her running the throttle while I drove. That certainly would have made things that much more interesting.

I guess if nothing else I have one more reason to get the old intercom system operational again
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Default Homemade Throttle Cable

So an update...

I sent my throttle cable to Steve at Speedometer Service in Oregon. After two weeks of calls to his shop each of wich ended in a promise that he'd call me right back, I'm sad to say that I finally heard that he is unable to make the cable for me. He simply cannot find the large brass end that attaches to the CC5 cylinder. So back to square one...

Necessity is the mother of invention and I sure as heck wasn't going to remain grounded because of a setback like this. Off to the store I went, in search of copper pipe, plumbing fittings, solder, and a aftermarket universal throttle cable. Here's my parts list:

1' 1/2 copper pipe
1' 3/4 copper pipe
1 - 1/2 to 3/4 pipe adapter
1 - 3/4 pipe cap
1 - Spectre Universal Throttle Cable (http://a.co/c8ppUIa) - Just used the clevis from this (had it lying around from another project)
1 - Lokar TC-1000U36 36" Universal Throttle Cable (http://a.co/7l6Q5Qs)

I first removed the large flare nut from my OEM throttle cable to reuse on my homemade cable. I then took the 1/2 copper pipe and used a flaring tool to flare one end. I cut the 1/2 pipe just long enough to protrude through the flare nut and attach to the 1/2 to 3/4 copper adapter (approx. 1”). I cut a short section of 3/4 copper pipe, just long enough to allow for the full range of movement of the CC5 cylinder and the new clevis fork connection on my new Lokar cable (approx 5"). I took the 3/4 copper cap and drilled a hole in it so that I could thread the new Lokar throttle cable through it. I dry fitted all of the components to check for fit and then removed to solder the connections.

I soldered the 1/2 pipe to 1/2 by 3/4 adapter and the 3/4 pipe to the 3/4 pipe cap. I left the connection between the adapter and the 3/4 pipe unsoldered to allow for easy installation. Since the CC5 cylinder only pulls and doesn’t push the throttle cable, it probably wasn’t necessary to solder any of the connections, but I did anyway. I took the assembled cable and installed it on the bus and had my wife run the throttle for me. We had full range of motion at the governor – Success! Reassembled the air cleaner and took the bus for a test drive – works perfectly!

Just goes to show that with a little patience and ingenuity we can keep these Birds flying for many more years to come...
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Colin: Congrats on making a difficult repair seem so easy!! Isn't there some sort of problem with the nut on the cylinder being Metric?
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