Help identifying radiator blind control.

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Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby kafugelum » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:39 pm

I came across a box of old Ferrari parts, mostly used up items. However, one of the items looked to me very similar to my radiator control on my old GTE 4599 (long gone). On the end of the control there is a logo consisting of a D and Z in a circle (see photo). Also included is the notation "brevete s.g.d.g" which I believe is a French patent notation. Could the part be French made? Is it for a 250 Ferrari? The head is 70mm in diameter. I searched the forum for pictures but they no longer appear to be available.

Thanks

P.S. Still looking for the whereabouts of 4599 last seen in Germany.

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby John Vardanian » Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:04 am

Hi, seems I have this unit on my 250GTL.

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby kafugelum » Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:26 pm

Thanks John

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby John Vardanian » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:24 pm

I need to replace the sheathing of my radiator blind cable. Has anyone gone down this path? I'd appreciate your advice re material, techniques, etc.

At first glance, it seems you'd want to keep the cable core intact and just slide off the old sheath, and slide on a suitable replacement sheath; because replacing the whole cable would involve opening the wheel box, this means destroying the factory rivets.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby Admiral Goodwrench » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:32 pm

Dear John,

Many years ago working on a Lotus Europa with all the cables and sheaths from the foot well to the back of the car I found that a Marine Supply Store had all sorts of different cables and sheaths in all sizes of length and diameter. That might be a solution for you.

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby 330GT » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:32 pm

John Vardanian wrote:I need to replace the sheathing of my radiator blind cable. Has anyone gone down this path? I'd appreciate your advice re material, techniques, etc.

At first glance, it seems you'd want to keep the cable core intact and just slide off the old sheath, and slide on a suitable replacement sheath; because replacing the whole cable would involve opening the wheel box, this means destroying the factory rivets.

Thanks in advance for your help.

john

Got mine at a bicycle shop. Just took in the cable and they had a proper sized sheath.
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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby John Vardanian » Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:29 am

Thanks guys. I did some searching on the net and it looks like the 5mm sheath, which is what is used for the blind, is commonly used in bicycles.

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby enio45 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:22 am

Also try "push pull cables" - out of california
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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby Tom Wilson » Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:50 pm

John Vardanian wrote:Thanks guys. I did some searching on the net and it looks like the 5mm sheath, which is what is used for the blind, is commonly used in bicycles.


If I recall correctly, Tom Y did it on this site a long time ago with Shimano bicycle cable and piano wire. No duct tape was involved...
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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby John Vardanian » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:15 am

Guys, I got some 5mm bicycle brake cable sheathing along with the 1.5mm stainless brake cable from a local bike shop. The sheathing looks almost identical to the original. The cable, though the same diameter as the original, being stainless steel is a little stiffer than the original cable. Will this be an issue while winding it around the pulley? I wondered if anyone has used modern cables for the rad blind with any success. Thanks.

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby tyang » Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:40 am

Hi John,

You want it to work too?!

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby John Vardanian » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:27 pm

Yes, for those cold summer days here.
And no, I didn't expect anything useful from you.
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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby tim » Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:36 pm

Greetings... John, Tom, being an east coaster, isn't familiar with those brisk summer days here in North California. Temps dropping below 90F. Grab a sweater. Take a look in McMaster and Carr for stainless wire rope. You should be able to find a 7-19 in 1/16 inch and it is much more flexible than bicycle cable.

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby John Vardanian » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:52 pm

Thanks Tim. I have another question, is the blind spring loaded similar to a house window blind? What makes it go back? I took mine apart today and the barrel that the vinyl wraps over just free spins. Thanks.

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Re: Help identifying radiator blind control.

Postby Scott uk » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:39 pm

After replacing many cables I have started to purchase big spools of both inner and outter cables. You can get these off the Internet by searching for Boden cable, it comes in alot of different sizes.
I have replaced cables for the accelerator, power windows, fuel cap plus many others using this method.
Any pull push cables for example the choke I use piano wire.
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