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    Ye Ol Ripper.
    Thanks for the advice, I have frequently been accused of over engineering a solution.
    Yes I intended to make the length adjustable. If I have to go down this route then I will probably use only one length of stud and not two although the gap between the two ends will be bigger to allow the cable to move the required amount to open the door.
    So far I have:
    a) Ordered two Escort cables (Hoping they are long enough and of a suitable vintage with the correct ends.)
    b) Ordered one Puma cable (I have a suspicion the ends might be wrong...)
    c) Been in conatct with an ex-Marlin owner who has two cables from a sierra that he is going to send me for the cost of the postage.

    The original problem with the cables is that the outer sheath is made of plastic and has become brittle and broken, When it broke the inner kinked and despite my attempts to make a splint it does not run freely anymore.
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    Hi Chris
    Just a thought, if you use a cable and outer sleeve a touch longer than you had previously would you then be able to run a larger curve, perhaps cable tying the outer cable to the inside of the door somehow?
    It might make the door release smoother and the cable also last longer too.
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    Funnily enough I think the problem is that the cable was a bit too long and it was difficult to get it into a realtively smooth shape. The standard Sierra door cable was just too short and only the 2 door fiesta seemed long enough. The plastic outer was inflexible and as it aged I think that is why it cracked and broke.
    I've also had a reply from speedy cable who could make one up give mine as patterns.
    So loads of alternatives.....
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    Out of interest, what interior door handles are people using? My car is missing them and there is a fairly long cable arrangement in the door cavity. The shape of the hole on the door looks very familiar as a sort of pointy rectangular shape.
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    I seem to remember that the ones I used came from the donor Sierra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kieran78 View Post
    Out of interest, what interior door handles are people using? My car is missing them and there is a fairly long cable arrangement in the door cavity. The shape of the hole on the door looks very familiar as a sort of pointy rectangular shape.
    These are what I have. I believe they came out the donor Sierra, certainly look like the one's I had in my 1.6 Sierra back in '92.
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    Yes! Thats them. Thank you all, now to search for a set...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kieran78 View Post
    Yes! Thats them. Thank you all, now to search for a set...
    I've seen plenty of them recently on ebay.
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    So yesterday the Puma door pull arrived and it looked just the job. Except when I came to fit it the lug on the end that went into the interior door handle was a larger diameter than the one in the handle. So I had a happy hour filing it down to fit. The original failure was the lug snapping off the end of the cable, as you can see in the next photo, along with the Puma cable with the filed down lug.
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    Now if you are paying attention you might notice something I did not. The lug on the Puma cable sticks out a bit further than the Sierra cable. So when I assembled it the handle stuck out and didn't have enough movement to open the door.
    SO after all that filing I cut the lug off, and used my old friend 'chocolate' block connectors to cobble up a lug that was adjustable
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    So here is the bodge. It was a bit fiddly getting the right length of inner cable to make everyting work properly so I'm going to order another Puma cable just in case I have another failure.
    Phew. Seemed so easy at the beginning....
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