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Username Post: installing T-5        (Topic#343058)
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03-05-17 10:58 AM - Post#2679777    

I am installing a rebuilt T-5 in the '41 and it looks like the stock speedometer cable will be too short to properly connect, what is the length of the stock speedometer cable, and are there "extension" pieces out there or should I just purchase a new one? thanks for any info Fred

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03-05-17 12:45 PM - Post#2679798    
    In response to fred4180

According to the 1941 GM parts manual, the stock cable was about 61" long.

Extension cables do exist, but it will likely be easier to find a complete cable assembly, and it might even cost less.


Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.

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03-05-17 10:06 PM - Post#2679885    
    In response to raycow

If you can find a speedometer shop near you, they can probably make you a new one. Use a piece of romex (house wire) to determine the length you need. Just bend it where you want it to go, then cut it to length and take it to the speedo shop. Good luck

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03-06-17 11:22 AM - Post#2679989    
    In response to raycow

Thanks for the tip I guess I'll go out the project and crawl around a bit and get some good measurements and off to the speedo shop. Fred

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03-06-17 05:49 PM - Post#2680057    
    In response to fred4180

"If you can find a speedometer shop near you, they can probably make you a new one."

That's what worked for me Ken. When in about 1980 I replaced the 3-speed trans in my van with a top loading 4-speed trans to get better trailer towing ratios a local speedo shop made me a new cable no sweat. That cable is still working perfectly.

Is it OK to admit that the van is a 1971 Dodge that I bought new and it's still doing it's job with 358,000 miles on the odometer?

Ray W

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