A tip for routing cables

December 1, 2016 | By Staff


When faced with routing new cable through a tailgate to replace an existing 75-year-old disintegrating one, I planned to pull out the old and pull in the new at the same time.

The question was how to attach the new and the old to each other. My holes and grommets were not big enough to accommodate the ¼” and 3/8” diameters attached side by side, and you cannot simply glue the ends together. Shrink tube proved to be the easy answer, the 3/8” size shrinks to half that diameter when heated, and six inches of it proved to work well for this little task.


That’s a great idea David. I, as well as the readers appreciate tips like this to be sure. It could work for a lot of applications, including replacing electrical wiring itself. Shrink tube is also great for covering rod bolts when building an engine so as not to score the cylinder bores.

We at Auto Restorer greatly appreciate tips like this because they are what the magazine is all about. We are all in this hobby together and need to help each other whenever we can.