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Cushman White Van Throttle Cable

Discussion in 'Microvans' started by Thunderspud, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. Thunderspud

    Thunderspud New Member

    It appears that the two ends of the throttle cable on the carb in our Cushman White Van (W/ the 4g82 engine) have decided that divorce was the only option. They have split and I don’t see a way for them to reconcile their differences.
    So......I guess my question is three fold.......any idea where to procure such a thing? Would maybe a throttle cable from a similar engine like a 3g82 work? Barring a valid replacement option......would anyone have any ideas on a “repair” that doesn’t involve just reaching behind the passenger seat, yanking on the carb throttle linkage, and calling it a luxury hand throttle.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    I would want the proper cable replaced if it were mine, and not have to deal with it more than once! I know these parts get crazy expensive! I've had custom cables made in the past, even though it's been a while, you can get any cable your heart desires! If you can't find original, you can remove yours and send it out after contacting the cable shop of your choice! If it were me, and I needed the darn thing, I'd bite the bullet and get the proper cable if I could find it! Just my thoughts! Good Luck!
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2020
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  3. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Well-Known Member

    If you can't find the proper cable or a replacement, you may have to make one out of a bicycle shifter/brake cable. I used to make them this way for ultralight aircraft. You do have a couple options for the ends, you may be able to remelt some lead from wheel weights to the proper form or you may have to change the connectors to match whatever ends you can find. Sometime in the past, I ran across a utube vid where a guy showed how he made a new end on his throttle cable that had separated. You will have to search for it.

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  4. Thunderspud

    Thunderspud New Member

    Thanks for the replies. A replacement cable is for sure the best option....but either I am looking for the wrong part, or they just don't exist. There aren't any identifiable markings on the visible part of the casing of the existing cable, nor can I find any sort of parts list that refers to it. A custom cable seems to be about the only option unless another model van/truck shares the same part. Hard to tell much from the random images found by a google search. So....I suppose that's the route I'm going to take. The casing seems to be intact throughout, yet the cable itself somehow still rusted through at multiple places along the way. That makes me wary about just replacing the metal cable without also replacing the rest of the assembly. The first step today is to attempt to get the entire thing fully removed, try to figure out what kind of voodoo the pedal end is performing to apply leverage (I can't seem to wrap my brain around what's happening on that end of the assembly), and go from there. I assume things will be much clearer once it's all out and on my workbench.

    One more thing......since, as installed, I cannot see the entire path the cable takes.....is my assumption that the end opposite of the carb just attaches to the pedal assembly somehow at the other end? AKA, does the van have some sort of functional mechanism along the way (other than things required for routing) that I am just overlooking? It seems like a pretty simple concept, but I don't mind feeling dumb. Just want to make sure I am not missing something that seems obvious to someone with more knowledge than I with these sort of things.
  5. fmartin_gila

    fmartin_gila Well-Known Member

    Can't answer positively but back in that era, most applications that I have had to deal with were direct from pedal to carb so I wouldn't expect to find anything between.

    Comes to mind that Either Toro or Jacobsen used to sell what was called a Truckster which I think was a Cushman(not positive so don't hold me to it). Might be worth searching for parts there.

    You might take it completely off and then then with it in hand visit some local motorcycle, atv, bicycle dealers/shops and see if they may be able to help.

  6. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Your smart for replacing the whole thing. I can't tell you how many times I thought the casing was still good, but in fact, help to deteriorate the cable!
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020
  7. Koffer

    Koffer Active Member

    I think these were related to the Daihatsu Hijet of the time too , might be easier to find a cable from one of those as their were a ton made at the time
  8. Thunderspud

    Thunderspud New Member

    Thanks for all the replies, everyone. In the interest of time (and being able to move the van around the shop under its own power), we went ahead and just cut a length of steel cable, used the existing casing, and put new ends on it. Will need to be replaced before I am comfortable doing much other than putting around the shop, but it's fine for now. I mean, the golf cart that sits next to it is faster than this thing. It's hard to get in THAT much trouble going less than 20.
    On the subject of the Daihatsu......thanks for that suggestion. I will add that to our list to cross-reference. The issue I think we will run into with going that route is the same as ordering engine parts that fit the Minicab.....the engines don't match. I think the Cushman White Van/Truck is about the only thing other than the CMC Veryca/Mitsubishi Varica that used that engine. I just don't have any way of knowing, other than online searches.

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