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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 01, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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I own a 1969 Camaro I purchased about 2 years ago that has a 700-R4 transmission with the stock shift on the console. I did change the detent plate for the 700-R4 shifter. I just had the transmission rebuilt and the transmission mechanic broke the transmission cable that was on my car! Now they are trying to locate another one that will fit my car. I've called all the Camaro parts suppliers like Year One, Rick's First Gen., The Paddock, National Parts Depot, etc. and none of them offer a transmission cable for my setup. I had to try using one for a TH-400 but that cable was to short. Does anybody know of anyone that offers a transmission cable for my setup?
I don't think these guys at the transmission repair shop are going to try very hard to find a cable to fit.
Any help would be appreciated. It's killing me not to be able to drive my 69'.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 01, 09:22 AM
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have you tried to get a parts store to cross ref the numbers on your broken cable ?
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I'm using a TH400 shift cable to shift my 700R4 (unless it didn't have the correct cable when the 400 was in it!). It should work just fine... You can contact www.shiftworks.com or www.700r4.com

Let us know the outcome.....

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I don't see any numbers on the old cable and most parts stores had cables but they were either to long or to short. I tried to match the length but none of them fit and the car wouldn't shift properly.
The car origanilly had a Powerglide transmission in it. And from what I was told by the previous owner the Powerglide was replaced by the 700-R4 just before I bought the car. But I'm still looking.
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Can you define too short? The cable and casing together just don't reach or the amount of movement the cable has in the casing isn't enough? Shiftworks sells everything you need.... See link in my post above.
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I went from Powerglide to 700r4 and used the original cable. If you ordered a cable from Ricks for a PG it should work. If you asked them for a cable to fit a 700r4 (which it sounds like what happened) then they would obviously say no way.

Order one for the PG and send it back if it doesn't seem to be the right length. If you don't mess it up they won't care, but you'll be out the return shipping.


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I have a 700R setup and I used that standard turbo 400 shift cable. As a matter of fact, I just replaced it because the original got kinked. I use the shiftworks setup. I got cable from:
http://www.firewheelclassics.com./transmission.htm#68 - 69 SHIFTER PARTS


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I installed a 700r4 in my 67 recently. I went to local junk yard and pulled shift cable out of a 85 camaro, 90 camaro and a 92 firebird-just looking for a cable in best condition. The cables were exactly the same. I used the 92 firebird cable as it was in best condition and it fits fine.
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I ordered a GM floor shif cable from Ricks First Gen. which is the only one listed and it was to short meaning it could be connected to the transmission and the floor shifter but wouldn't shift the transmission correctly. I contacted 700r4.com but I haven't heard form them yet. sr71bb I'll try your link to the site you listed.
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Sounds like you have the wrong arm on the tranny side of things.. I went throught major pain trying to adjust my shifter (there is adjustment right at the base of the horse shoe) to hit all gears. The shiftworks kit includes the right arm and solved my problem. Bowtie Overdrive (700r4.com) sells the kit...

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 01, 06:08 AM
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I purchased a 700r4 thru Bowtie Overdrives www.700r4.com and it came with everything I needed for my conversion in my Nova. There are many different cables, but since these guys deal in overdrives exclusively, maybe they will know which one you need right away.

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