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Re: speedometer cable lube?
I'm confused? Never saw a cable with something crimped on both ends?(sounds like a throwaway) If you can move the cable in and out of the housing 1" I'd say the cable is to long? Original cables were formed square on the trans end and had a metal end with a male square end that went into the speedo head and the cable would slide out of the housing if it needed to be lubed or replaced..G.M. made replacement cables that could be cut to length on the speedo end and came with a plastic drive end,you'd heat the cable up on the end and push it into the drive end as there was some kind of hot glue inside,lube it withG.M. speedometer lube,install it in the original housing and you were good to go.
The G.M. lube had a slightly tacky texture and they recomended to lube the lower two thirds of the cable,we did this often back in the day.
I lubed the cable in my "66" with Lubriplate white lithium grease(paste form) and it worked well.I'd say throw that cable out and get one that is better quality and can be serviced if need be. Sorry for rambling on,sometimes it feels good to reminisce about the old days when we worked on these cars when they were just cars and still in service.