Brakes self adjusting cables

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Karl
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Brakes self adjusting cables

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G'day.
Since I acquired my stamping machine I have been working on making parts to make up my own cables for the self adjusting brakes.
Once I got the parts I then realized that I would have to start the bend prior to swaging the ends onto the cables, this I can do in a normal press.
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I made up a die set to start the bend.
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Now all I have to do is make up a swaging block to crimp or swage the ends to the wire.
Then I will take a sample to a mob not far from me that makes up control cables for boats or anything. They have a testing machine there and I will get them to see how good my swaging is.
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Karl, Your a craftsman in heart. well done.
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Nice work, Karl!
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Yes Nice work Karl. I will be interested in seeing how the final product looks and works!

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Well I finished the dies to crimp the ends over. It didn't work as I expected but by turning the top die over it did the job.
This is the first one that I did tonight.
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I will make one up and have it tested to see how strong the joins are.
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Well I made up a new top die and made up a cable - Happy with the results :multi: :drinking:
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Karl you will have to post how they work out in your 63. If they work great then how can we in the states purchase "Karl Correct Self Adjusting Brake cables". I am sure we would pay a bit of a premium for a correct cable! :smile:

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G'day MN63.
Do you use private messages? I sent you one some days ago and it is still in my outbox.

Yes I will post photo's of the cables installed. I am looking at fitting them next week so I will see how I go.
I saw from somebody on facebook, he had purchased some N.O.S. brake cables in fomoco packaging and the ends of the cables were painted yellow. I can understand this as being easy identification for length. Some years ago I purchased some kits from Mac's I think and they were painted white. The kits they provide these days have the wrong shape and threads on them, not that that would matter I suppose I don't like them because they don't look like the originals. Can anybody confirm that the 10-15/16" long cables were painted yellow?
Adjusting brake cable original N.O.S. 1.jpg
So I painted mine hoping.
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Karl , I would love to try a pair on my 63. How much and would shipping be ridicules to texas ?

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G'day
I have posted some photo's of the cables that I made up, here is the link-
https://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.net/ ... =6&t=18275
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