[Healeys] cable

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Mon May 29 07:46:33 MDT 2017

There were some defective cables going around a few years ago but, IIRC, 
they were a bit too long at the speedo end and damaged the speedo.

I've never heard of a speedo cable breaking--they usually just kink--but 
I'm sure it's possible, esp. if it got locked up inside the speedo.  
Check that the cable hasn't just come loose at the OD end (though not 
likely as it would be too long to go properly back into the speedo).  
You can do this by futzing with the inner cable at the speedo until you 
feel it go into the drive, at which point it should resist turning.  
You're right, it's odd the cable would come loose at the speedo end.  
But, the connector is a very fine thread and it would be easy to 
cross-thread; maybe someone just got frustrated with it and jammed it on?

My gut feeling is the adapter is broken somehow, but more investigation 
is warranted.  The adapter should have a small copper washer acting as a 
spacer for the cable; the adapter can fail if this washer is missing: 


On 5/28/2017 8:56 PM, Mike S wrote:
> Interestingly, the speedo was working fine, until one day it didn't.  
> No warning.  I decided to unhook the connection at the back of the 
> speedo and see if the square end of the cable was rotatable.  To my 
> surprise, the entire cable was not even connected to the speedometer.  
> Just hanging loose.  Since it takes quite a few turns to screw it on, 
> this seems odd. Connecting it did not solve the problem. Anyway, the 
> cable itself turns quite easily; does this mean the cable itself is 
> broken?  If so, I will have to pull each end out separately.  It's a 
> real pain to get under the car, as it is an inch off the ground (it 
> seems), and I am more than an inch thick.  Working from the top as Bob 
> suggested sounds better.
> Mike
> On 5/28/2017 7:18 PM, John Spaur wrote:
>> Not sure what it takes to get to the back of the speedo but on my BT7 I
>> unscrew the cable housing and pull out the cable. A new one can be slipped
>> in if the housing is good.
>> John
>> '62 BT7
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Bob
>> England
>> Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2017 5:07 PM
>> To: 'Healey List'<healeys at autox.team.net>
>> Subject: Re: [Healeys] cable
>> Finally a question I can help with!  As a new Healy owner I've been lurking
>> on the list for the past few weeks, soaking up the questions and answers as
>> best a new Healy owner can.
>> Answer to your question Mike : from above.  Definitely.  Take the seats out,
>> remove the radio console and transmission tunnel, and all is exposed.  Did
>> this earlier today on our BJ8 to replace a missing engine/bell housing bolt
>> and did not take too long at all.
>> Bob
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Mike S
>> Sent: May 28, 2017 5:00 PM
>> To: Healey List
>> Subject: [Healeys] cable
>> Any hints on replacing the speedometer cable on my BJ8?  From above or
>> below.....?
>> --
>> Mike

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