Re: [HSS] Thanks for elucidation, Peter


Without delving into areas in which I have no expertise, my response on the

issue of a solid internal cable is an emphatic "almost certainly", but with a

truckload of caveats attached. By this I mean that maybe there's a propoer

definition of a bowden cable, but I've had both styles on various cars over the


The notion of an OD sounds good to me. My '28 HS6 Special has a 5-speed Toyota

Celica gearbox that's great for the highways but with synchromesh you lose any

feeling of vintage motoring. I have several friends who have installed, or

soon will, a US-sourced OD for their Silver Ghost or Phantom 1 Rolls-Royces. I

think it'll take a very long time before they cut out the expense in lower fuel

costs, but the big plus is an easier life for the engine on long touring events.

Regards...........Peter R.

"Tom Goodman" <> on 13/06/2000 09:38:13

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Subject: [HSS] Thanks for elucidation, Peter

Now I know what a bowden cable is. I always called them "those

flexible cable things that control stuff". The Law of Parsimony was

working against me all those years. Can bowden cables be solid or

must they be stranded? I could not resist the temptation to

introduce the name of the famous Mr. Bowdler into the conversation.

Bowden cable is much more appropriate and I shall use that word with

relish for the rest of my days instead of my American bowderlization

of the language. Thanks, you are a pal.

Less benightedly but still pretty far out,


--- In, peter.ransom@i... wrote:



> Here in the southern hemisphere we have things called Bowden cables

- maybe it's

> a localised spelling for the mysterious bowdler cable. Actually

it's a standard

> term that I suspect came from Britain. My technical description

will be pretty

> poor, but basically a bowden cable is - at least the ones i've seen

- a small

> dia multi-strand wire cable that runs inside a flexible outer


> Most bicyles use some form of bowden cable for the brakes and gear


> control. The choke control on my vintage Sunbeam car uses them.


> But if you've got a bowdler - well, I'd like to see that!


> Cheers...........Peter R.





> "Tom Goodman" <tgood70779@a...> on 13/06/2000 09:22:22


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> Subject: [HSS] Overdrive versus Vacuum Tank





> A more pressing problem has come up that I will deal with before

> crawling around under the car to see what is going on. I am


> that my overdrive has a solenoid since there is a switch that

> purports to control the thing. I have verified that the cable from

> the T-Handle moves a lever on the transmission...I cannot yet say if

> it moves full range. I will take a look under my car to determine

> what type, model or version of O.D. I have right AFTER I get the

> newly developed gasoline leak around the fitting on the bottom of my

> vacuum tank resoldered and safe. It it ain't one thing, it's



> By the way, I was able to re-attach the spring-loaded cover for my

> upper valve oiler simply by pushing it in and realizing that the

> coils of the spring inside were left-handed. Turning it a few turns

> counterclockwise (anti-clockwise if you are in the Southern

> Hemisphere--must be the dreaded Coriolis effect) screwed the thing

> right back in and it works like it is supposed to now.


> One of my next projects is adjusting and equalizing the brakes. I

> can hardly wait for that one.


> What the heck is a bowdler cable, anyhow? I never have owned a car

> that had a "bowdler" before. Would that be some kind of inside joke

> like a double-barrelled bifurcated push pull nitpicker???


> Benightedly,


> Tom






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