There’s some members on the forum who know more about these that might chime in. Working with mine over the years (I had mentioned earlier) there’s not a lot of slack; but mine has more than yours shows in your photo. Exhaust shouldn’t be impeding the cable, it routes behind (btw it and the firewall) above the pipe. The wire tie looks to be reducing a bit of slack to the adjuster, and if there are more ties used on the cable, this could be an issue as well. There’s a couple guys on the forum I think khryslerkid, and another couple members, can’t recall their handles offhand, that know a lot on this. Other one is the admin Joe Suchy who knows or could point you in the right direction. There were different cable sizes, but if you would have the wrong one, doubt it would work on the b-body..