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clutch cable needed 1973
« on: March 18, 2017, 07:10:00 PM »
I removed my clutch cable to lubricate it, it is working ok now, but looks really old. I decided to buy a new one. That's when I discovered this is another one of those parts that you can't find anywhere. I spent a couple of hours searching online, no luck. I did find slave cylinders listed for a 1973 model, and I know for a fact that they used cables at least through 1974. I also believe I found a cable for a 1974, but is says does not fit 1973. 1973 seems to be an oddball year for parts. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you

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Re: clutch cable needed 1973
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 07:34:03 PM »
There's a cable specialty shop that installs a new cable  into the original sleeve in Portland Oregon. 

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Re: clutch cable needed 1973
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2017, 07:54:38 PM »
I bet u could find a place in AZ that could do the same

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Re: clutch cable needed 1973
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2017, 10:01:33 PM »
Hummm... . The Pinto never used a hydraulic set up. So, the listing for a slave cylinder would be wrong.  When I converted my '73, C-4 Automatic to a T-5 I used the cable from a '79-'80 Pinto. It hooked properly to the firewall and '73 clutch pedal, and fit properly to the T-5 thus I'd assume a 4 speed too. I've never heard comment that there is more than one clutch cable but others may know better. Still my bet is that they are all the same.

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Re: clutch cable needed 1973
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2017, 01:07:41 PM »
I salvaged a 73 sedan and the Bell housing and cable had a circlip setup for adjustment on the cable. The Bellhousing also has a cast in tab with a slot rather than the Full circumference tab with hole that is used with the Locknut style cable housing on my 72. Otherwise the housings appear identical.
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Re: clutch cable needed 1973
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2017, 06:53:24 PM »
After doing several hours of research online, I found the the 1974-1980 models use the same cable. I can't find much of anything about the 1971-1973 models. I don't know if 1971-1973 use the same cable, or if they are different. From looking at the later model cable, the ends look different from mine, I don't know if anything else is different or not.

1973 just seems to be an odd year. Several years ago I had a nightmare of a time finding a rebuilt steering rack for it. Apparently the PO drove it with cracked boots and no oil, and the teeth finally chewed themselves up. Now it is easy to find one.

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Re: clutch cable needed 1973
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2017, 08:45:15 PM »
OK, this is a post from a while back http://www.fordpinto.com/general-help/clutch-pedal-assembly/  . The two images in post #4 are mine. Ignore the black metal piece the cable is attached to. That is just to get the cable over the crossmember on a T5 swap.  Does that end look like your '73?  If so good.  I have no idea what the '73 looks like as I went from a C4 Automatic to a T5 manual/bellcrank bell housing. I never had the stock 4 speed. The other end attaches to my '73 clutch pedal. Not my image but similar to the image in post #1.

 So, that pedal end of the cable seems to be common for all years as I got the cable out of a 79-80 Pinto and it fits my 73 pedal. If your clutch end looks the same as mine then it SHOULD fit. "Should" meaning I can't say exactly, but if the ends are common then there shouldn't be any reason it wouldn't fit.  The only thing I can see as a possible issue might be the cable length out of the sheath.  I'm surprised others haven't said one way or the other - using the stock 4 speed.

And, yes the 73 steering rack is a one year only Pinto oddity. I'd assume with all the Mustang II parts out there that there are adaptable options.

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Re: clutch cable needed 1973
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2017, 09:24:08 AM »
Ponyboy,
I attached some pictures of a 1973 clutch cable that I bought new in 1995.  Not much use on it.  $35 and it's yours which includes delivery to Chandler AZ 

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Re: clutch cable needed 1973
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2017, 10:56:39 PM »
He don't want it I'll take it mines a 73 station wagon with 122 cu. in. engine

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Re: clutch cable needed 1973
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2017, 07:09:43 PM »
Don't fret.  I actually have two. 


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