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Old 12-29-2009, 02:32 PM   #1
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looking for detent cable

I need a detent (kickdown) cable to fit a 350/TH350 combo, preferably in San Antonio, preferably by the weekend. I called 3 dealers and everybody has to order it. I may have to go to PnP if nobody has one.
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
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Did you try autozone? They used to have them.
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Wow, didn't think they'd have one. I'll check.
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Might also try some transmission shops if that doesnt work out. There's one here that has all kinds of used parts they sell.
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Just make sure you get someone that is willing to help when you go to Autozone.

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Yes, vatozone has them in stock.

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Well, I went to VatoZone and they did have the cable. Doesn't look right. Then I remembered I swapped the engine. I spent all day looking for the wrong part.

I actually have an '87 TBI engine mated to a '78 TH350. The upper end is different. AZ didn't have that one and I'm beat from the day. I'll pursue it again tomorrow.

Thanks for y'alls help.
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dale, go thru the catalogs. i bet they do have one you can use. the young kid just dont know how to use it.
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dale, go thru the catalogs. i bet they do have one you can use. the young kid just dont know how to use it.
He found what I asked for, I just didn't give him the right info. He also let me look through the racks, on the ladder no less.
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I think I have the problem solved.

As of the posting of this thread, the original problem was a bad transmission fluid leak. I started looking around for seals and couldn't find any in stock, so I figured, no problem, I'll just get the whole cable.

After some advice I found a detent cable at Auto Zone for the '78 pickup, then remembered that I had swapped the engine so the original cable wouldn't work. Of course, the cable from the donor truck wouldn't work either since a TBI engine was never mated to a TH350 tranny.

I must have done some creative modifications at the time of the engine swap to make this work. I had to have an end that fits the hole in the tranny and an end that mates to the TBI.

This end looks OK.The new cable is on top. You can see why it was leaking. The part where the Oring goes is still in the transmission. It's broke.


Here's the problem. The carb end doesn't match, even after modifying the end some. The clip fits into the bracket on the manifold though.


I think this is the solution. It's a replacement clip for the cable.


Here is the little clip installed. The new cable is larger diameter than the old one so it's tight in the groove and I think it's supposed to slide in the groove.


Anyway, here is the cable installed. All seems to fit on this end. I'll let y'all know how it goes tomorrow when I open up the groove and try to get it all put back together.
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Dott what does this do. I dont have it on my 4.3 TBI. I just have the thoddle cable and a rathet shifter on the trans.

It shifts thorw all the gears on my trans in drive or hold 1st and 2rd. As long as i want.
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I cut the cable off of mine and put the fitting back in the tranny. I couldnt think of a time when I needed to mash the skinny pedal all the way AND drop another gear.
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I see it it down shifts for you. This is most for a dd rig.
Hell i just slam mine into a lower gear myself.
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