pedal to the metal, but not exactly in the way you might want it!

One of the first things I wanted to get sorted on the bus was the dodgy accelerator cable/linkage! Not currently having anywhere to safely work on the bus, I’ve booked the bus in at Resto Classics to get this, plus a few other issues beyond my ability sorted. It’s also good to get an objective second pair of trained eyes to give the bus a thorough checking over to make sure all is OK…

accelerator cable damage at the rear exit
accelerator cable damage at the rear exit

Where the accelerator cable exits the metal tube in the engine tin wear, the exit angle of the cable is causing the cable to rub on the sharp metal edge of the tube and was cutting through the accelerator cable itself – not good!

Fortunately there is a brilliantly engineered solution from 73 Aircooled who produce a  CNC machined 6082 aluminium roller body with a stainless steel guide roller. Fitted with a 8mm diameter stainless tube to run through the fan housing that replaces the standard throttle tube. It comes supplied with a No 6 stainless self tapper to secure to the fan housing. So when the replacement EMPI multi-strand, super flex steel accelerator cable is fitted, at least I know it will be both safer and much smoother in operation!

Beautiful ‪‎engineering‬ solution by ‪73 Aircooled‬ ‪– ‎throttle‬ tube cable roller
Beautiful ‪‎engineering‬ solution by ‪73 Aircooled‬ ‪– ‎throttle‬ tube cable roller

The front end fixing of the accelerator cable was not much better either unfortunately! It was attached via a plastic cable tie!!! A bit surprised the last garage didn’t spot this when they were changing over the front beam? Anyway, this will now get fixed when the new cable is fitted, along with the brilliant Buttys Bits Throttle Kit that I had fitted on my old camper. This combined with 73 Aircooled’s Throttle Tube Cable Roller, should transform the accelerator linkage a quite bit – super smooth!

Buttys Bits excellent throttle upgrade kit
Buttys Bits excellent throttle upgrade kit

Having seen a couple of issues like this that the last UK garage missed, I’m glad to be getting Resto Classics to give the bus a thorough checking over, just wondering what else they might find…

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