Re: [HSS] Overdrive versus Vacuum Tank

Here in the southern hemisphere we have things called Bowden cables - maybe it's

a localised spelling for the mysterious bowdler cable. Actually it's a standard

term that I suspect came from Britain. My technical description will be pretty

poor, but basically a bowden cable is - at least the ones i've seen - a small

dia multi-strand wire cable that runs inside a flexible outer sheath/housing.

Most bicyles use some form of bowden cable for the brakes and gear change

control. The choke control on my vintage Sunbeam car uses them.

But if you've got a bowdler - well, I'd like to see that!

Cheers...........Peter R.

"Tom Goodman" <> on 13/06/2000 09:22:22

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Subject: [HSS] Overdrive versus Vacuum Tank

A more pressing problem has come up that I will deal with before

crawling around under the car to see what is going on. I am assuming

that my overdrive has a solenoid since there is a switch that

purports to control the thing. I have verified that the cable from

the T-Handle moves a lever on the transmission...I cannot yet say if

it moves full range. I will take a look under my car to determine

what type, model or version of O.D. I have right AFTER I get the

newly developed gasoline leak around the fitting on the bottom of my

vacuum tank resoldered and safe. It it ain't one thing, it's another.

By the way, I was able to re-attach the spring-loaded cover for my

upper valve oiler simply by pushing it in and realizing that the

coils of the spring inside were left-handed. Turning it a few turns

counterclockwise (anti-clockwise if you are in the Southern

Hemisphere--must be the dreaded Coriolis effect) screwed the thing

right back in and it works like it is supposed to now.

One of my next projects is adjusting and equalizing the brakes. I

can hardly wait for that one.

What the heck is a bowdler cable, anyhow? I never have owned a car

that had a "bowdler" before. Would that be some kind of inside joke

like a double-barrelled bifurcated push pull nitpicker???




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