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Username Post: What is a throttle knob/cable?        (Topic#348144)
Eric_Gary132 
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11-10-17 02:27 PM - Post#2713942    

I was skimming through a 60-66 parts magazine and noticed a cable, like the choke, but called a throttle cable. I think my truck is missing this because there's an open empty hole by the ignition.

So what is it? What does it do?



Also there was another part, called the cowl cable I think, what the heck is that?

Thanks in advance.



Edited by Eric_Gary132 on 11-10-17 02:30 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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11-10-17 05:53 PM - Post#2713963    
    In response to Eric_Gary132

google will also explain a lot of your questions
https://www.google.ca/search?q=what+is+a+thr ottle+...
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http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?220902-...
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11-11-17 04:58 AM - Post#2713986    
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Our truck has this weird metal thing sticking out where the throttle cable knob should be to the left of the ignition if you take a look at this pic

It doesn't look lik a knob or else I wouldn't be asking this

Sorry for the bad angle, I will try to get a better and close up picture of the area if this picture isn't good enough.

https://ibb.co/b1hRZv





Edited by Eric_Gary132 on 11-11-17 05:41 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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11-11-17 07:13 AM - Post#2714004    
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here is a much better pic i found on my computer, the cigarette lighter is to the right of the ignition, but what is the thing to the left of the ignition? it doesn't look like a throttle knob. Is it?

https://ibb.co/mcUFnb

https://ibb.co/gH3rSb



Edited by Eric_Gary132 on 11-11-17 07:18 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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11-11-17 07:19 AM - Post#2714006    
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Someone used that spot to add a switch for whatever.

Think of the throttle cable as a really crude "cruise control" - it lets you set the throttle at any given position and leave it there, like holding your foot on the gas pedal. Useful in situations where you might have PTO-driven equipment you need to control the speed of (pump, winch, etc.) or in light traffic/mostly flat ground conditions can actually be used as a cruise control.

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11-11-17 10:22 AM - Post#2714021    
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Edited by Eric_Gary132 on 11-11-17 02:15 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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11-11-17 04:03 PM - Post#2714057    
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We traced the wires and found out It's a button for the horn lol, we even pressed it and the horn went on.

I don't know why somebody would route a horn button to the throttle knob hole but they did....



 
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11-14-17 03:32 AM - Post#2714324    
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  • Eric_Gary132 Said:
We traced the wires and found out It's a button for the horn lol, we even pressed it and the horn went on.

I don't know why somebody would route a horn button to the throttle knob hole but they did....



I had a car once, the horn would go off on it's own, the center piece for the steering wheel was partially broken, so at night it would contract and the contacts would touch and the horn would blow. I tried all sorts of ways to re align it and it would still happen.

Maybe someone just bought a momentary switch and put it where it was easy to push.

Previous Owners do lots of strange things.

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11-16-17 10:59 AM - Post#2714650    
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  • Eric_Gary132 Said:
We traced the wires and found out It's a button for the horn lol, we even pressed it and the horn went on.

I don't know why somebody would route a horn button to the throttle knob hole but they did....



Well they probably did that so they could get it to pass a safety inspection. (that's still a requirement in Texas) They added the momentary push button because it was easier than fixing the horn switch in the steering wheel. (just ask Woog)

They put it in that spot because there probably wouldn't have been a throttle cable installed on that model of truck so it would have been a blank spot on the dash. (usually only the C20, C30, C60 had them along with PTO a.k.a. "power take off").

I don't think that ignition switch is original equipment either, it looks like it was out of an old car.

You sometimes see those push buttons installed to bypass the ignition switch in farm trucks so you didn't need a key to start it. there was usually a toggle switch next to it to turn the truck on and off.

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11-16-17 02:46 PM - Post#2714684    
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Our truck is a c20, so I think it did have a throttle cable at one point.



 
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11-16-17 02:49 PM - Post#2714685    
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Yeah the ignition lock on our truck is an AC DELCO e1424d ignition lock. It came with it from the previous owners. But I know it isn't original to the truck.



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11-16-17 04:06 PM - Post#2714691    
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  • Eric_Gary132 Said:
Our truck is a c20, so I think it did have a throttle cable at one point.



Throttle cables weren't standard equipment on all trucks. They were installed on service duty trucks like tow trucks, dump trucks and some farm vehicles and were part of the PTO package. Unless your C20 was a tow truck or something, I highly doubt that you had a throttle cable installed.

Also, they were definitely not meant for use while the drive wheels were engaged like some kind of "redneck cruise control". In fact the operating instruction sticker mounted in the cab strictly stated that.

Is the steering column original? Because if it is, you would definitely not have PTO and that would mean no throttle cable.


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11-16-17 04:25 PM - Post#2714692    
    In response to hilandr451

if it came with a sm420 it could be equipped with a pto
he states the he thinks his was orig an auto trans so that would negate a PTO
you could possibly get a throttle control with a manual choke setup- optional equip? choke and throttle cable setups use to come on earlier model Chevrolets
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11-16-17 04:50 PM - Post#2714695    
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I had a '61 Apache 10 shortbed fleetside, 235/3 speed, that came with a factory throttle cable (or someone adapted a factory cable to it, as it was clearly not aftermarket.) Why this "little" truck came with it, I have no idea. I will totally confess to using it as redneck cruise control when I was out on the highway not surrounded by other traffic.

To me, his throttle cable looks possibly aftermarket, but I haven't seen a lot of them to compare to. Mine had a larger knob with a serrated edge, and had a large white T in the middle, which matched the choke knob on the other side with its large C in the middle.

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11-16-17 05:15 PM - Post#2714699    
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deluxe knobs
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11-16-17 06:27 PM - Post#2714706    
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Yes, the front of the block reads "MA" Which according to my factory Manuel means a 1962 283 engine with a powerglide.

But there's a small chance it could be a 327 as well. But it doesn't have the later accessory holes as you once mentioned before.



 
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