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A type overdrive

Paulkennedy
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A type overdrive

Post by Paulkennedy » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:40 pm

My speedo cable from my overdrive has expired. It is an A type overdrive and the cable comes out of the overdrive and has to run under the drivers side carpet to reach the speedo. It is quite a sharp bend from the overdrive and my new cable from DM has expired after a few miles. I am therefore thinking of using a right angle take off so as not have the sharp bend. I have spoken to Overdrive services and they have had problems with the ones they sell in as much they last a couple of years. Where do others buy a reliable right angle drive from.
Thanks, Paul

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Re: A type overdrive

Post by Big Col » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:51 pm

The right angled drives have just as many, if not more than, the straight cable. They either fall apart or leak oil like a sieve. If your cable is wearing out as quick as you say then it is probably not run concurrently.
Colin,
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Re: A type overdrive

Post by classiclife » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:57 pm

Hello Paul,

Give this company a call - they are very helpful and may well be able to assist you:

http://www.speedograph-richfield.com/

Out of interest what car are we discussing here ??

Regards.

Richard.
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Re: A type overdrive

Post by Paulkennedy » Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:36 pm

Thank you for your replies, I should have said the car is an SP. Having read about the problems with angle drives I think it might be better to use a longer cable so that there is not such an acute bend from where it is connected to the overdrive. The cable has to pass underneat the carpet as the speedo take off on the A type overdrive is well above the floor level.
Thanks again Paul

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Re: A type overdrive

Post by Big Col » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:05 pm

Forgot to say, it is standard practice to use a longer cable on overdrives so the bend is not restrictive.
The normal cable suppliers can usually make them to order if you tell them how much longer you require over the normal length.
Colin,
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Re: A type overdrive

Post by Paulkennedy » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:44 pm

Thanks again to you both for the replies.
Richard what an interesting company Speedograph is. So I have ordered a 60 inch cable which should gave plenty to get round the problem of tight bends and not have to use a right angle drive. Their prices are so much more reasonable than other companies. Speedograph do show a good selection of different type of drive. Well worth looking at their website.
Paul

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Re: A type overdrive

Post by classiclife » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:35 pm

Hello Paul,

Thanks for the update - good to hear this news.

I have always found them very helpful and do provide a decent service along with constructive informative advice.

Shall look forward to hearing how the job pans out.

All the best.

Richard.
1968 Daimler V8-250 Saloon
DLOC East Sussex Area Representative.

Southern Classics Society Events Co-ordinator.
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Re: A type overdrive

Post by Vortex O'Plinth » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:47 pm

Just as an aside to this thread, if a 'J' type overdrive is fitted the speedo drive cable still passes under the floor but does need to be longer. The answer is a LHD cable - available from Barry Thorne.
Nick

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Re: A type overdrive

Post by Paulkennedy » Sun May 05, 2019 11:04 pm

Richard, just to let you know the new lengthend speedo cable from Speedograph has been fitted and gets around the problem of a right angle drive. Total cost £20 covering P&P so much cheaper than DM, I don't know about Barry.
Thanks Paul

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Re: A type overdrive

Post by grahamemmett » Mon May 06, 2019 12:27 am

Richard, you’ve got some great suppliers in your contact list! What a gem Speedograph is.
How about a list of your best kept secrets under the Forum heading “Suppliers”?
Graham Emmett
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