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Offline Geoff Rose

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Speedo Cables / Drives
« on: May 14, 2019, 02:57:45 PM »
Hello fellow mustangers.
I hv a 67 RHD coup. My speedo reads faster than I am going.
I think when it was converted to RHD an Australian Ford speedo cable was used because I don't think the LHD speedo cable would reach across from the LHS of the transmission to the RHD instrument cluster.
Does anyone know if the gear at the end of the cable for Australian Fords and Mustangs is the same gearing?
I am trying to work out if it is an incorrect drive gear on the cable or the actual speedo.

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 03:21:52 PM »
Hello fellow mustangers.
I hv a 67 RHD coup. My speedo reads faster than I am going.
I think when it was converted to RHD an Australian Ford speedo cable was used because I don't think the LHD speedo cable would reach across from the LHS of the transmission to the RHD instrument cluster.
Does anyone know if the gear at the end of the cable for Australian Fords and Mustangs is the same gearing?
I am trying to work out if it is an incorrect drive gear on the cable or the actual speedo.

Thanks

Colour of speedo gear (number of teeth) should correspond with your diff ratio.

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Re: Speedo Cables / Drives
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 04:20:39 PM »
Hello fellow mustangers.
I hv a 67 RHD coup. My speedo reads faster than I am going.
I think when it was converted to RHD an Australian Ford speedo cable was used because I don't think the LHD speedo cable would reach across from the LHS of the transmission to the RHD instrument cluster.
Does anyone know if the gear at the end of the cable for Australian Fords and Mustangs is the same gearing?
I am trying to work out if it is an incorrect drive gear on the cable or the actual speedo.

Thanks

Wheel and tyre combo exactly the same as original?
Always dreamed I'd have one!

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Re: Speedo Cables / Drives
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2019, 05:01:10 PM »
My 66 coupe is  rhd and I replaced the speedo cable recently with an off the shelf standard part.
Suppose it depends where the hole to enter the cabin is.

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Re: Speedo Cables / Drives
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2019, 05:05:48 PM »
Wheel and tyre combo exactly the same as original?
Rim size is same but tyres bigger height wise, they are a bit balloon.
Speedo diff ranges from 10 - 15 MPH.
Never thought of that will check.
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Re: Speedo Cables / Drives
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2019, 05:06:55 PM »
My 66 coupe is  rhd and I replaced the speedo cable recently with an off the shelf standard part.
Suppose it depends where the hole to enter the cabin is.
I might get a new one and try.

Thanks reply.

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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2019, 05:07:54 PM »
Colour of speedo gear (number of teeth) should correspond with your diff ratio.
OK thanks will look into it.
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Re: Speedo Cables / Drives
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2019, 10:56:14 PM »
As birdman and mcarnage59 have said, the only things that will affect your indicated speed vs actual (provided you haven't changed the diff ratio) are the diameter of your wheels/tyres and the drive gear on the transmission end of the speedo cable.

Once we know the diff ratio, wheel/tyre size and what kind of transmission you have we can calculate the number of teeth you should have on the end of your speedo cable. It's then a simple job to yank this out and check against what you have now.
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Re: Speedo Cables / Drives
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2019, 10:00:02 AM »
As birdman and mcarnage59 have said, the only things that will affect your indicated speed vs actual (provided you haven't changed the diff ratio) are the diameter of your wheels/tyres and the drive gear on the transmission end of the speedo cable.

Once we know the diff ratio, wheel/tyre size and what kind of transmission you have we can calculate the number of teeth you should have on the end of your speedo cable. It's then a simple job to yank this out and check against what you have now.
Thanks Brian, Will check it all out.


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Re: Speedo Cables / Drives
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2019, 06:01:11 PM »
New cable fitted earlier in the year was a standard Mustang repo cable which although fitted to a rhd converted car did make the distance from the gearbox to the speedo.
Unfortunately bend out of transmission puts too much load on the drive gear and it chewed out gear again.
Ordered new gear and XW-XY Falcon cable to replace standard Mustang one.
Fitted it today with Falcon cable being about 350mm longer.
Gives much better path without having to bend too as tight a radius in places.
Also drive size of square on each end of Falcon cable is the same size as the Mustang cable I replaced. (Read somewhere they were different.)
Will test this weekend.

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Re: Speedo Cables / Drives
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2019, 07:38:51 PM »
Interested in how the falcon cable works for you.

 

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