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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 02, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 73 350 with a roch q-jet, th350 tranny. Previous owner rigged all kind of different things. Now after I have replaced the carb and am trying to get everything right I am running into a problem with the car not wanting to downshift. They originally had the downshift cable bolted to the accelerator on the carb. Never had any trouble like that, but now when I have it set up where the downshift cable slides along the grove the way it is supposed to, I cant get it to downshift automatically. Does anyone know if that year model downshfit cable should be bolted n place or is there a problem with the cable setup. I am leaning toward a problem with the cable. easiest thing would be to bolt it down again but I really want to have it set up correct and working. Thanks for anyones opinion.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 02, 12:27 PM
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The original kickdown cable brackets were adjustable. Have someone hold the gas pedal flat to the floor, loosen the two screws on the side of the bracket and slide the cable housing back toward the firewall as far as you can.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 02, 06:18 PM
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If You don't have screws of you cannot get the proper adjustment with the screws and if there is a spring on the cable up where the cable mounts to the bracket, the cable itself is adjustable....
The large diameter molded plastic part of the cable, just behind the bracket, has a piece/clip that can be "popped up" with a screwdriver (also black plastic)....pop this peice up and follow the above procedure with the pedal to the floor and then push the "clip" back down...
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 02, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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I have such a jury rigged car it isnt funny. The cable is single bolted to the coil bracket. I loosened that bolt and it rotated around the bracket, not straight back. I did get it to downshift this morning but I had to really romp it to get it to drop. Maybe a bit more adjusting. The clip adjustment doesnt seem to do anything. Perhaps I just cant see what it is accomplishing. Anyway, will rotating the base for the downshift cable in this manner creat any kind of problem. It isnt a straight run from the base to the carb now but it doesnt seem to kink or have any kind of interference. I am going to leave it lik ethis unless you guys tell me tis setup could create a problem somewhere.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 02, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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OMG look at my typing. Sorry folks.
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