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dlm1897
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:49 am    Post subject: '82 Vanagon Throttle (Accelerator) Cable Replacement Reply with quote

Hi there,

I need some help replacing the throttle cable that went kaput on my '82 manual transmission van. This was originally a diesel van that now has a 1.8 CIS engine (from an '86 Fox or Passat according to the previous owner). I purchased a throttle cable for a manual transmission Vanagon from GoWesty, but of course this will not work for me. The cable is not long enough and the setup on the engine end is entirely different.

Will I have to create my own custom throttle cable? I assumed others had faced a similar dilemma, but a search of the forum did not reveal any leads. Appreciate the help.

You can see the connection to the engine...
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Here is the cable after I removed it...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:32 pm    Post subject: Re: '82 Vanagon Throttle (Accelerator) Cable Replacement Reply with quote

Buy a cable that fits the pedal linkage for a Vanagon and then another one that fits the engine and figure out how to connect them so your combo will work.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:58 am    Post subject: Re: '82 Vanagon Throttle (Accelerator) Cable Replacement Reply with quote

Appreciate the advice - that would definitely work. I would prefer to use 1 cable and not have to worry about the two separating. Has anyone else faced this same dilemma?

Should I just build my own custom cable?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:54 am    Post subject: Re: '82 Vanagon Throttle (Accelerator) Cable Replacement Reply with quote

A place like Instrument Sales and Service might be able to build you one. IS&S has shops in many cities.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: '82 Vanagon Throttle (Accelerator) Cable Replacement Reply with quote

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That's not an OE cable. It looks home made. Generally, your sheath should continue to the intake and a bracket where you make the final adjustment. The exposed cable doesn't look correct. It's interesting that it failed at the front.
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