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Craftsman DriftBreaker 10/32 cable sleeve mod-watertight seal

The big Craftsman 10/32 was DOA this year, frozen throttle and auger engagement control cables. Previous owner changed them to uninsulated type, moisture gets in them, and they freeze up solid.

after giving it some thought, came up with this mod to share with the forum. measure the cable o.d. and buy heat shrink tubing, it's $2 per 8' roll. these cables were 3/16"

pulled the cables off the machine, let them sit on the coal stove for a few hours, to really dry them out good. (maybe you have a wood stove ? or just put them on the baseboard radiator....)

cut shrink tubing to length. powder cable with baby powder to make it slide on easy. slide the shrink tubing on. cut it flush. turn your gas stove on in the kitchen, move the cable over the open gas stove burner flame, it will shrink down tight. that will seal it airtight, watertight.

put the little rubber ends back on the cable ends. I'm going to grease both ends, then super glue the rubber grommets back on the engine ends. the only exposed open end of the cable, will be the control handle sides, where the cable slides in/out as the controls are worked. that will get glopped up with a lot of heavy grease not only to continuously lube it, but also to seal it. being that end is under the handlebar console plate facing downward, it should be ok.

at the handle end, I taped the junction with red DEVCON self fusing red silicon tape. this stuff cures and hardens like an epoxy on itself when it's stretched tightly around something.

I think we got 'er....










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Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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the whole deal cost $4, here's the stuff






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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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I like it. I think you need to ensure the moisture that trys to find its way in is displaced\prevented with the right spray and one of these.


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I like it. I think you need to ensure the moisture that trys to find its way in is displaced\prevented with the right spray and one of these.
Amazon.com: Motion Pro 08-0182 Cable Lubber: Automotive
interesting gadget, thanks for posting it.
I'm old school, usually just spray the cables with PB Blaster, and work them back/forth to loosen them up. really stubborn ones get soaked in a container by submerging them in the PB Blaster.
no matter what is done though, some cables just get stuck again regardless, and then it's time to change them. this is the last straw for these 2. if they stick again, I'll replace them. they have a wax liner inside, once the wax breaks down and starts jamming up the cable, the show is over.
cables can be freed up but any drastic temp change may seize them again, or even minor corrosion. what happens is, when it gets cold the outer sheath coils contract ever so slightly, and that pinches/jams the cable.
I remember getting those emergency brake cables free on the old GM cars back in the 1980's. put vise grips on both ends, and hit them with a hammer, working them back/forth until they freed up. but eventually, in a year or 2, they'd be seized again.
a good fix would be Teflon lined cables like the pedal bikers use to ride in winter weather. I did a search but all the ones found, were braided. too flexible.
cables seem to jam up sometimes for no apparent reason. it like their number comes up and they need to be replaced. it's a clearance and materials issue. I have a few old machines like the Cub Cadet and Ariens that the cables are original, 45 years old, and look terrible, yet they slide in/out just fine.
for a cable to last long term the clearance between the sheath and inner solid cable must be engineered/mfd just right for temperature changes, to not bind up from expansion/contraction, and be a material not prone to corrosion. one spot of rust inside the sheath and it's locked up solid.




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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cables are on, fuel line changed (required removing starter cover), and machine is running. may have to change the throttle cable anyway. the control handle stops are worn, and it won't hold wide open throttle, it slowly throttles itself down from vibration when running, just like the Dynamark did. that one had the stops on the carburetor control lever plate, and the entire control plate had to be replaced. fortunately there was an NOS plate on Ebay for sale.
now I have the same challenge with this DB
the throttle cable actually works too easy now. it won't hold throttle setting.
the little ratcheting tab on the throttle lever, that locks into the slot holes, is worn down
no problem with the other cable, it is a simple in/out clutch engagement for the augers, and now works fine.
pesky little buggers...these cables...




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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I did a similar thing when I installed the throttle cable on my Powershift. I used heat shrink tube and a mt.bike derailer rubber on the end.

I also took my can of white lithium spray grease and squited some into both ends of the throttle cable outer (after the shrink tube was shrunk) before I reinserted the inner wire. Had to remove for cutting so figured I'd give it some Lithium for slip and rust resistance.

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Slick idea gwb!


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Good info there, thanks for sharing

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well the cable is on and holds throttle setting as designed now, and just like the AMF, on the Craftsman 10/32 Driftbreaker it made a world of difference in the manners of the machine. rock steady idle, medium speed, and WOT speed. awesome.

disassembled the throttle control lever, by drilling out the center pivot rivet- that little round black hardened washer that is bent into a spring, puts tension on the lever, and helps it hold setting and not wobble around. squeezed the washer spring to have more tension, re-assembled it with a bolt/self locking nut, and not it holds the setting.

note to self- when going over an acquired old machine, CHECK THE THROTTLE CABLE/LEVER STOPS right off, when cleaning the carb. if the stops are worn and don't hold firmly, the machine will be nearly unusable due to an unstable speed setting.

this probably should just get a new cable. they are on Ebay for $9 made in Taiwan. may have to bite the bullet and buy one.




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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