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  • 52 Ragtop
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    I use 00 welding cable, fill the terminal about 1/3 rd the way with solder. Some heat shrink tube, and I have a cable in the length I need.

    Jim

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  • jimmijim8
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    Tex, you are done for. cheers jimmijim

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  • Flashback
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    Reckon I will lose points on my cables ? LOL


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  • (S)
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    lose judging points??

    "Call it a snap judgement if you want Bob but I see it as my opinion and no way to run a business but then to each his own and buy his cables and lose points when judged."






    Only if your car is next to mine with its factory Prestolite cables, factory spark plug wires etc etc etc. Even then, how many points would the 'original car' really gain?

    (Judges can only deduct points for originality if an original shows up Bob)

    (S)

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  • oldcarfart
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    2X on tractor supply, they also have braided flat cables and old style switches. Their Valspar restoration paints are less than $50.00 per gallon!!

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  • riversidevw
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    Revised routing of the cables shown.

    Overnight the valve covers have miraculously reverted to hex nut fasteners in place of the chromed acorn nuts.

    Gil
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    Last edited by riversidevw; 08-20-2011, 11:58 AM.

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  • clonelark
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    If you live in or close to a large city, most have truck shops, like gord said buy it buy the foot and they also have the ends to do the job right.

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  • Bob Andrews
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    A bit more on his time frame and where his cables come from. Makes sense to me. Lots of common sense in there. Frankly, I like his no-nonsense, direct style:

    You should have found this page because you are interested in our policy on rush orders. We're usually take about 3 weeks to fill an order. For some folks that is too long.
    I think it's the nature of a small business that deals in custom orders. We don't get stuff made in China, shove it in a box and send it. We custom build orders. We have some nice tools but it's all pretty much by hand. When things are slow (almost never) we try to build a few set of our most popular sets before that are ordered but that buffer gets used up fast when we get busy.

    I wish I could treat every order as a rush order but I simply can't. Rush orders cost me more to build (if I don't have a part I need to have it expedited, driving up costs. I have friends that help when things get busy and they need to get paid.

    Some customers need cables quicker than our normal delivery time. I understand that. I've heard it all: cables needed for snow plows in bad weather, fire trucks during the summer fire season, show cars that will be in an auction in a week and missionaries getting on a plane for Africa this weekend. Believe me, I think those are darn good reasons.

    So how do I sort out which customers really NEED cables in a hurry and which just WANT them? I can't strap you into a lie detectors so the next best thing I can think of is money.
    If I charge extra for rush orders, the folks that don't really need it will not be willing to pay for it. The folks that really do need rush service will pay for the added costs. Once again the free market has a solution. Viva La Reagan!

    Rush service is typically an extra $25 on all sets including large cable sets (like the Ford and Dodge sets. If you want the cables in a rush but don't want to pay the expedite fee, I must remind you of the old saying: "Your failure to plan is not my emergency". Sorry, but this is the best solution that I can come up with. With the exception of the expedite orders, we have a strict policy of first in, first out, except for parts and very small, easy to assemble, orders. If I didn't do that, everyone would have a "rush" order.


    Increasingly impatient phone calls or emails will NOT get you moved to the front of the line. It might get you a refund so you can purchase cables elsewhere. Believe me, I need bad attitude from grumpy customers less than they need cables. My wife says that makes me like the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld. Absolutely. Get rude and it's "No cables for you!".
    Bottom line. Patience is a virtue but if you really need cables in a hurry, expect to pay a little more.

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  • riversidevw
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    For me, for one or two applications like this, I couldn't see the point of locating the various materials and making these cables up myself. For those who get satisfaction from cutting and crimping, go for it.

    The Speedster already has a negative cable made up for the prior owner from heavy welding cable. It's OK, though it looks exactly like what it is. I've thought of replacing the ground (positive, of course, on that 6V application) with original style braided strap, but haven't come across any really heavy duty versions equivalent to a good 1-0 insulated cable. The 1-0 gauge cables just installed in the '58 Hawk may seem to some to be overkill, but heavy cables are apparently a really good thing for many 6V applications.

    I've rerouted the positive cable on the Packard this morning so that it passes under the Hydrovac and approaches the solenoid from below... seems a lot tidier. I ordered the negative cable for this '58 Hawk in 24" length, the positive in 45". I searched some old contemporary magazine photos of engine compartments of '57 and '58 Hawks, but it was difficult to see the routing of the cables.

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  • Bob Andrews
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    Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
    I stand corrected.
    I did read it.
    I am still dubious.
    Let us all know of the experiences with this vendor.
    I guess it's just a difference of approach. I tend to take people as I find them, and give them the benefit of the doubt. I agree that this is after all a stranger, so caution is important. However, my experience is that most people are decent, especially in small business. Also, we have a testimonial from a member. To me, that adds up to giving them a fair look, not just assume the worst. I'm no Pollyanna- I have my cynical side- but my cynicism comes from my own personal experience, or that of someone I trust. But thus far I've never had a bad experience with a battery cable guy, so I'm giving him a fair shake

    Originally posted by candbstudebakers View Post
    Call it a snap judgement if you want Bob but I see it as my opinion and no way to run a business but then to each his own and buy his cables and lose points when judged.
    Of course, Bob, you are entitled to your opinion- same as I am. I would never say otherwise.

    As for losing points, this is from his site:
    We can also make small cables to match factory stock on request for customers who want accurate restorations.

    Originally posted by gordr View Post
    Go to an AG equipment dealer, or a heavy-duty truck equipment dealer. Both will sell bulk battery cable by the foot, and will have a line of solder-on terminals that come with heat-shrinkable sleeves to seal the end of the insulation. Follow the instructions that come with the terminals, and you practically cannot go wrong. No 12-ton crimper required.
    Agreed, you and I can make cables ourselves. But there are lots of people who can't, or don't live near an ag supplier, or just don't want to search for the materials, buy solder, learn how to do it, etc. Or there are those qualified who just want high quality done elsewhere by specialists so they can concentrate on other things.

    I liken these to those companies that sell custom-built brake lines. It's not rocket science, but sometimes it's preferable to have pros do a more professional job; in either case, by the time one gathers the materials, and the necessary tools to make them, they might be farther ahead to just order some. Depends on the situation, and the individual.

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  • pdrnec
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    Looks like he makes a quality product just about any way you want it. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from him. I've made up cables before - and they looked like it.

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  • bob40
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    Made my own for years. GordR nailed it.

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  • jimmijim8
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    Tractor supply has nice thick battery cables for cheap. I lik'em. jimmijim

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  • gordr
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    Make your own.

    Go to an AG equipment dealer, or a heavy-duty truck equipment dealer. Both will sell bulk battery cable by the foot, and will have a line of solder-on terminals that come with heat-shrinkable sleeves to seal the end of the insulation. Follow the instructions that come with the terminals, and you practically cannot go wrong. No 12-ton crimper required.

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  • candbstudebakers
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    Originally posted by Bob Andrews View Post
    Actually, his website says this is his own side business. He makes the cables himself- not buying from a wholesale source. Has studied Electronics Engineering and has 30 years' experience making cables. As a one-man operation he got behind because he has been taking Chemotherapy. That can slow somebody down a bit.

    At this time, this is a part time business for us. (I'm a full time Test Engineer for a major semiconductor manufacturer). My family, friends and I build the cables after our day jobs and on the weekend. We try to always ship cables in a timely manner but sometimes we get behind. We try to build on the weekend and ship on Monday morning. Sometimes we get a little behind and it take a couple weeks.


    How come you have so many typos in your web site?
    Because I work on it when I can't sleep and it was probably the wee hours of the morning when I typed it... or sometimes I work on it in the chemo room at Desert Oncology while I'm mildly high on chemo.



    As of 6/23 he is caught up and says it's a 2 week wait. Don't see how that's so unreasonable from a one-man operation making high-quality products.

    Perhaps a bit of reading is preferred over snap judgement and jumping to unfair conclusions.
    Call it a snap judgement if you want Bob but I see it as my opinion and no way to run a business but then to each his own and buy his cables and lose points when judged.

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