So this morning was unusually warm. I cranked up the afterburner and after maybe five minutes it was too hot in the garage so off came the hat and big coat, and up went the Monaco - on one side mind you, didn't really need to lift the whole car for this kickdown cable install...
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Poked my head under the car, and spotted the end of the kickdown linkage/rod. The factory one is attached to this arm on the trans here...
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Alarmingly, I pulled that split pin out and it practically fell out of the engine bay. Here it is...
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Bye bye factory kickdown rod *waves*
Today was strange. Not only was it unusually warm, but a man (me) actually opened some instructions, and even stranger, actually read them!
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After reading the thrilling instructions (definitely not translated from Chinese, for a change!) I removed all the stuff being careful to lay it out as it came off the cable.
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Lokar tell you to install the braided sheath first, and after pissing with this for a while too long, I understood why. The cable bolts up to the trans arm, and does a 180 around the back of the trans and up to the carb - I was so confused up to this point as to how the throttle linkage would move the kickdown cable the correct way....then when I routed it around the back of the trans, doh!!! it all made sense to me. Thanks Lokar.
The bracket sits under the factory lower left tailhousing bolt on the trans, as you can see here...
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Occasionally I will have a good idea. Maybe once or twice a year. Today, I decided to tape off the end of the braided sheath so it wouldn't gather a bunch of grime as I slid it into place. Glad I did, it's messy down there...
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And that was that - waiting for the bracket that clamps this and the new throttle cable in place, to be delivered. But I thought I'd try and replicate it and see.
You can see way down there, the trans arm is moving smoothly. Excellent!
Then I went inside for some lunch. I threw on the Hunter box set, random series, random episode. Turns out he's driving a B Body Fury in this episode. I would totally rock that car as a daily, in the snow and everything!
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After lunch, I couldn't help myself...I had to start the car. I had some confusion with the electric choke, so last night I watched and read, and before I made this video, adjusted it as I saw fit. So here's a little cold start video for you...
I'm so happy. This has really been a long road these last few months - I certainly don't want to sound like a spoiled westerner, so forgive me if I do, but what a total crock. Hindsight is beautiful isn't it? Yup, should have just done this in the first place.
You live and learn!
You guys all rock!!!!