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cobravenom71
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From: Poinciana, Fl USA
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posted 10-08-2006 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
I just put a new set of these custom made cables on my 71 429, and it starts easier than ever before. Much better! I recommend!

www.custombatterycables.com

cobravenom71
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From: Poinciana, Fl USA
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posted 10-19-2006 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
it's been a couple weeks since I installled the new cables, and the whole car runs much better: Easier starting, smoother idle, much improved throttle response.
I'm a happy guy.

SkinnyMan
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From: Tupelo, MS - USA (CA temporarily)
Registered: Jan 2005

posted 10-19-2006 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkinnyMan        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cobravenom71:
I just put a new set of these custom made cables on my 71 429, and it starts easier than ever before. Much better! I recommend!

www.custombatterycables.com


Thanks for the lead - no pun intended. I've been looking for a replacement for the positive battery cable on my '91 SHO.

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SkinnyMan
Tupelo, MS

Thank you, Thank you very much!

sigtauenus
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From: Va Beach
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posted 10-20-2006 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus        Reply w/Quote
I've been wanting to replace the ones on both the 78 F-150 and the 68. I never associated hard starting with corroded cables, but that makes sense. The ones in my 78 are really bad.

Hemikiller
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From: Killingworth, CT
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posted 10-20-2006 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller        Reply w/Quote
Made my own from 1/0 welding cable. He has very good prices, comparing to my component supplier. If I didn't have the crimper and parts, I'd buy from him...

cobravenom71
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posted 10-21-2006 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
Yeah, mine were made from 2/0 cable. Probably a little overkill, really. But it sure runs better, thats for sure!
I think he says that welding cable has a drwback to it, but I can't recall what it is.

Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
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posted 10-21-2006 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cobravenom71:
Yeah, mine were made from 2/0 cable. Probably a little overkill, really. But it sure runs better, thats for sure!
I think he says that welding cable has a drwback to it, but I can't recall what it is.

He talks about welding cable pros/cons in his "Wire Types" link at the left margin. It's copied here:

"Welding cable is built to be flexible so the welder does not have to work hard to drag the wires around. It usually has a high temp rating and a soft flexible insulation. I'm not sure about the abrasion resistance or other attributes of the cable. Some guys claim that because it has many fine strands it carries more current due to "skin" effect. Those guys have forgotten that "skin effect" is a high frequency phenomenon (think microwave communications) and does not exist at DC. I have some battery cables on my cars that I built with welding cable. It works fine but it is more expensive. (I used it because I had some let over pieces). Because it is so flexible it will not stay were you put it. The welding cable will flop around.

Pro's: high temp, flexible.
Con's: Expensive. Soft insulation."

Sounds like if you can locate/get some welding cable fairly cheap (used or such) and secure it so it doesn't 'flop' around (via zip ties) & enclose it inside some spiral wire wrap protectant (I've stripped wire loom outta junked cars before) or some other protective covering (I ran wiring inside an old garden hose once!), it would be just fine.

Ryan

Hemikiller
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posted 10-22-2006 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller        Reply w/Quote
I agree that welding cable is more flexible, but on a Mustang, if your battery is in the stock location, that is irrelevent. You have at most an unsupported span of 18" from starter to the wire support.

Believe me, 1/0 weldiong cable does NOT flop around like speaker wire....

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