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Username Post: 1978-83 chevy cruise control system        (Topic#256947)
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Reg: 08-05-07
02-02-11 05:06 PM - Post#2041172    

Greetings! I've been away from Chevytalk for a bit, but I have a 1978 Malibu Classic Landau I'm working on to make my daily driver. On a recent trip to the local Pull-A-Part, I pulled a cruise control system (transducer, hoses, brake wires, but no lever) from a g-body. Has anyone ever acquired a setup like this and made it work? Thanks!


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02-03-11 04:23 AM - Post#2041362    
    In response to CHimp66

You can make it work with all of the pieces. You may even be able to get the lever from a GM dealer still. But first you have to make sure that it is a GM unit. My '83 Malibu wagon had a dealer installed aftermarket cruise control on it when I bought it. I found that out when I went to replace the turn signal lever and found the plug on the end of the wiring harness didn't match the plug that was in the car.

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Reg: 08-05-07
02-04-11 02:13 AM - Post#2041819    
    In response to wagonman100

Ahh. I didn't think of that. Now, I can't even remember what car I pulled it from! I'll keep researching. I don't have to have this setup, but it sure beats buying an aftermaket setup for $200. Thanks!

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02-05-11 12:38 PM - Post#2042395    
    In response to CHimp66

Years ago 10/15? I put a tilt steering column and factory cruise set up in my 78 ElCamino out of a junk Malibu. It's been a few years and beers ago , but I remember it being pretty easy to do. Compared to messing around with magnets on the drive shaft, and chains on the throttle linkage, and splicing connectors and crap like that, that come with those aftermarket kits.

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02-08-11 04:38 AM - Post#2043525    
    In response to 55 Shaker

The good aftermarket kits are very simple and easy to install, they're fully electronic, use a throttle cable and an inline speed sensor. No chains, no magnets. In fact I've been installing aftermarket kits for 30 years and I've never used one of those old chain/weights systems, looked way too trouble prone to me.


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02-20-11 01:43 PM - Post#2049443    
    In response to Randy_W

Well I plan to try it out, especially since I paid under $15 for everything (minus the cruise control lever) at my local Pull-A-Part!

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06-21-11 07:48 AM - Post#2106163    
    In response to Randy_W


Would you care to tell us the brand of cruise control you are talking about and where we could buy one?
My 82 El Camino has the factory cruise and works correctly about 10% of the time. I'm getting pretty sick of it!



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