Well-known member7173 Mustang Supporter Member
- Sep 12, 2015
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- SW Ontario
- My Car
- 1971 Mustang Mach 1, M code, 4 speed.
Well, I had not driven the car for over a week, but I had been having some issue with low idle stalling. I suspected some crap in the carb, ran some Sea Foam through it and it seemed much better. Fast forward to today, finally time and opportunity to take the old gal out for a test drive. Well, the stalling was still there, but not as bad. This issue has been going away after it reached full operating temp, so I thought I'll just carry on around the "block". What happens next, the damn throttle cable broke leaving me stranded on the side of the road. Fortunately only a mile from home, but I did not take my cell phone so I had to go to a nearby house and have the Lady phone the wife. That went over real well! When she arrived, I asked her to stay with the car while I went home to get a spare cable and tools. Changing the cable in the engine bay is simple enough, the hard part is reconnecting the pedal. You need to be a damn contortionist to get under the dash. Anyway, after about an hour, I had managed to get the cable in, but I could not get the clip through the pedal pin. I thought if I keep pressure on the pedal, I should be able to limp it home where I can pull the seat and get better access to the pedal. So job done finally. The last time I had to change a throttle cable was the day I bought the car in LA California, so it lasted 12 years. Moral of the story, keep a spare throttle cable on hand and keep some tools in the car. Next time I go to NPD, I'll pick up another. Oh, one more thing, the driver door hinge spring thingy broke as well, just something else to fix!