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 Post subject: BOOT LID CABLE
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:19 pm 
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Who supplies a good repro boot lid cable??

Looking for cables that look like the originals. Pictures attached of the original and what I got from Somerford.


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 Post subject: Re: BOOT LID CABLE
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:46 pm 
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I know that they try hard....., all of them try hard, but how can they sell such total shite. I got a pair similar a couple of years ago. Tried to shape it slightly to fit and it snapped.

The answer was a bit of thick suitably sized nickel/brass tube stuff, pushed the wire in squeezed it down in the vice until cable was as tight as a ducks ar...., er..... bottom, squeezed bolt end right down flat and made good. I didn't bother tinning the ends but if you did, it'd look perfect I'd say. My pal in Southsea just asked one of the local boat chandlers who make all sorts and sizes of boat cable stuff what they could do and they made him a couple of perfect replicas - but stainless was all they had


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 Post subject: Re: BOOT LID CABLE
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:55 pm 
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Peter Laidler wrote:
I know that they try hard....., all of them try hard, but how can they sell such total shite. I got a pair similar a couple of years ago. Tried to shape it slightly to fit and it snapped.

The answer was a bit of thick suitably sized nickel/brass tube stuff, pushed the wire in squeezed it down in the vice until cable was as tight as a ducks ar...., er..... bottom, squeezed bolt end right down flat and made good. I didn't bother tinning the ends but if you did, it'd look perfect I'd say. My pal in Southsea just asked one of the local boat chandlers who make all sorts and sizes of boat cable stuff what they could do and they made him a couple of perfect replicas - but stainless was all they had


Peter, I may have to resort to that...agree...the one from Somerford is crap!


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 Post subject: Re: BOOT LID CABLE
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:00 pm 
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Just going by the photo, this looks closer to the original style.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/192223282984


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 Post subject: Re: BOOT LID CABLE
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:47 pm 
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With my new boot cables fitted ..only one cable was taking the strain with the boot open :evil:


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 Post subject: Re: BOOT LID CABLE
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:57 pm 
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Before you do GTS, hold on a minute, I've just found an old broken one and will photograph and show what I did first time round. I remembered that I bought a pair and snapped one end off each! Cooper or nickel plated brake pipe is the ideal stuff for the ends


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 Post subject: Re: BOOT LID CABLE
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Peter Laidler wrote:
Before you do GTS, hold on a minute, I've just found an old broken one and will photograph and show what I did first time round. I remembered that I bought a pair and snapped one end off each! Cooper or nickel plated brake pipe is the ideal stuff for the ends

Thanks Peter...waiting for the picture
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 Post subject: Re: BOOT LID CABLE
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:10 am 
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Can't you buy that sort of stuff from a Mini wreckers over there? I bought a very nice used pair from my local wrecker here in Oz and he a box of them!


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 Post subject: Re: BOOT LID CABLE
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mikal wrote:
Can't you buy that sort of stuff from a Mini wreckers over there? I bought a very nice used pair from my local wrecker here in Oz and he a box of them!

A good suggestion however, I suppose I could if I lived in the UK...in N. America it is extremely rare to see a mini in auto dismantlers yard. The days of the old wreckers yards are long gone here....they are now called "Auto Dismantlers and Recyclers"...they won't allow you to go in and select what you want.


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 Post subject: Re: BOOT LID CABLE
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:13 pm 
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Exactly the same at mini spares, only replaced one side due to the fact I didnt like the look and only one of my originals had snapped, had to drive home with the boot open (because of a couple of issues I’d been meaning to get round to) it snapped, the 55 yr old original(?) took the strain fortunately..


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