1952 Orlando Clipper Speedster - Steering Cable connection behind steering wheel

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  1. Stuman
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    Hello, I just purchased a rare find a few days ago. 1952 Orlando Clipper Speedster - it has been sitting since 1996 - it has a 1958 Gale 35HP Outboard motor. I haven't tried to start yet. It is setup like a bass boat with bow plate and windshield removed with front and rear fishing seats.

    **I am in need of a little help on securing steering cable the pully behind the steering wheel. The pullies has holes on each pully so it would be two different cables which operates left and right turns.**

    If someone can provide pictures or part # for what I need to hold the end of cable on the steering wheel pullies.
     
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    Yes, the old systems were cable over sheave pull-pull systems. The end of the cable at the wheel was generally a swaged ball or cylinder, like bicycle brake and shifter cables still are. On some set-ups the cable was continuous with (sometimes) a cable clamp on the wheel pulley. A picture of the wheel pulley would help. See this youtube video for the basic concept of a swaged end fitting.
     
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    You can get them anywhere online. Amazon is a good source. You will also need the bar that goes from the outboard to the end of the cable. Does that outboard have a threaded tilt tube?
     
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    ok the video explains what I need to find. Would Home Depot or Lowe's have Swaged end fitting?
     
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    Clamps are better because they allow you to adjust the tension on the cable. New cables will stretch and will need to get tightened.
     
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    So, would I need Two Turn Buckles ? One for each side cables to adjust?
     
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    Never mind I just re-read your reply. Clamps to adjust the tension. lol
     
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    You just use one cable and pass the cable ends in from the front of the hollow steering pulley and through both holes so you have 1/2 the cable coming out of each hole, then wrap around the steering wheel pulley and then back to the motor.

    If one cable clamp or a pulley lets loose while you're boating, the other will pull the motor over sharply which can be a nuisance at speed.

    A 3/32" plain cable will probably wreck the plastic pulleys quickly.
     
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    Ok, I got it now. So the cable would be wrapped (4x's ?) in opposite directions ?
     

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    That you’ll have to figure out in terms of how much travel does it take to go from dead center to full turn, and at least an extra turn on the drum to avoid flexing/breaking the cable where it dives in.
    Hopefully the springs in the transom corners will allow enough room to tilt the motor up while still holding enough tension to keep the cables tight when underway.
     
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