One the the first things I required to carry out to my 1200 after ns bought it was fix the hood release. The cable had damaged right in ~ the relax handle, therefore to open the hood I had to take the finish of the cable v pliers and also pull. Ns couldn"t discover a brand-new one. I am a cyclist so ns figured i could construct a brand-new cable v a bicycle brake cable. The parts cost me around 6 bucks, so that is actual cheap and also pretty simple too. Follow along to check out just exactly how easy. This is for my 1200, however I think many older datsuns provided a similar arrangement.

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First you need to remove the latch under the hood. Climate unhook the cable finish from the latch. From within the car remove the bolts that host the take care of on and pull the cable with the firewall and out of the car.

 

Here"s where mine to be broken:

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The latch:

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The cable end:

Notice the shape of the finish lug is a tiny cylinder so it will certainly fit through the hole on the latch mechanism.

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Here room the parts I used:

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The cable, black cable housing, a ferrule (the loopy thing) and also a clamp (the tiny silver part). I bought the brake cable and also housing at a bicycle shop. If you take it in her old cable housing they can reduced the real estate to the appropriate length for you. If you don"t friend will should use a nail to deal with the end of the housing. Cutting it will certainly flatten the spiral shield in the housing. Advertise a nail right into the finish will reshape the hole so the cable will certainly slide through again.

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The various other parts ns bought at the regional Ace hardware store. Consisting of the following part. I had actually to go back and get this after I uncovered out the ferrule loop to be too large to fit. I think the is referred to as a screw stud:

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First ns reshaped the end to look an ext like the original cable. The cylinder is sideways contrasted to the original. You most likely don"t should do this since it would certainly still fit v the feet on the latch:

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Put some lube on the cable and insert the cable into the housing. I supplied tri-flow silicon, don"t use a petroleum based oil prefer wd40, it will entice dirt. Heat up the new cable with the original at both end to inspect the length. It should simply be close, the lot hanging the end at each finish is what matters:

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Now the funny part. You must drill out the huge rivet the holds the cable end to the handle. I provided a drill bit that was close come the dimension of the rivet flange. Drill slowly from the next that has actually the hole and also just sufficient to cut off the flange on that one side and also the rivet will come the end the other side:

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This is the only component you have to be cautious on. Both ends have to hang out of the housing the same amount. So line up the cable housing to the original, line up the ends, and also make the perfect loop so the the length would complement the initial if it"s loop finish was still attached. Right here you deserve to see just how I was doing this v the ferrule. The loop would have actually been too lengthy by the moment I clamped the finish of the cable so I finished up law a loop with out the ferrule together in the 2nd pic:

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There is a tool availabe to crimnp the clamp ~ above the cable but I simply used a large hammer top top the anvil portion of mine vice to flatten that good.

 

Now placed the screw stud into the take care of with the loop the the cable going approximately it: