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    Cruise Control

    Looking for help with the cruise control on a 1980 Volare Slant Six. These old cruise mechanisms scare me ever since I had one stick “on” in an 1985 Mustang. So I disconnected & removed it. However, since then I have no speedo and no odometer. Is there a way to rework things so I can leave the cruise stuff out? Thanks.

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    Yes. Mine had cruise and does not now. It was partly bypassed when I got it, and I pulled the remaining parts.

    With cruise, as far as I can tell, you have a speedo cable that goes from the trans to the cruise unit, and then another from there to the gauge. Just get the non-cruise cable at the parts store (assuming you still can, I did a couple years ago) and go right from trans to cluster.

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    You are correct. Only need the right cable to go from the trans to speedometer.

    I did a brief search of Advance Auto, Rock Auto, etc and every one of them has the wrong trans end fitting. They all show a threaded nut instead of the push in type end needed for the plastic drive pinion adapter. If the adapter and drive gear were swapped for the aluminum style. those cable could be used. I didn't find anything that would be a direct fit.
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    I got mine from Napa. I don't recall any details from my housing or cable, but I did get it together without issue so they must have done right by me. But Napa can't get the torsion bar to lower control arm units that I got from them 5ish years ago, so I guess they are dropping some of the older stuff.

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    It isn't necessarily NAPA (or Carquest, etc) that drop parts, it's the vendors that make the parts discontinuing making them. It's always about demand. if the demand is very low, it isn't economically feasable to keep making them,,,,,,,,,unfortunately.

    However,,,,,NAPA does show the correct style cable yet.

    https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/BK_6151649
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    Thanks for the info--does this one from Rock Auto look right?

    https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...sn=497&jsn=497
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    Yes, that looks to be the correct one.
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    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Thanks; it's less than $15 so risk is low (which is nice).

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    Update on this--got the old cable out and the new one in on the dashboard end and through the firewall. It looks like connecting it to the trans is simple enough--but should I expect to have to take out the pinion adapter and gear in order to get the new cable in? Sounds like they just can be wiggled out after the retainer is removed. Thanks in advance.

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    It SHOULD come out once the retaining clip is removed (SHOULD and WILL are two different things though).. Installing is much easier, you can put the clip n place and then sort of "plug in" the cable end until it snaps into place.
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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