OK. I had the camera, so I took some pics of what I had already looked at. Not happy. Here's the deal: The clutch cable on my black '81 cabbie, "Evil Otto", has sawed (sawn?) through the tube...but it has done this on the TOP of the tube, not on the bottom or side. I've looked and looked as best I can (at 6'0 in socks and not removing front seat). I swear that if I replace the steering column mount and tube it will happen anyway. I looked at my '84 and the cable comes straight out of the tube to the top of the clutch pedal. But on this one, the cable has to come out and go up in order to seat on the pedal and that's caused it to saw through the tube. Is this normal on these older ones? Is it common? Do I have the wrong clutch pedal? I've noticed that the pedal has some side play where it pivots on the bracket, but I assume it just needs bushings or something. Should I hit the junkyard and get another pedal?
Here are the pics:
In this pic the top-right corner of the pic is "up" (had to hold camera at an angle). I've pushed the pedal in a few inches so you can see the cable and a little bit of the split. The cable has sawed through the tube and about 1/4" of firewall so far. Needless to say, clutching is a bear!
Here's the cable again. This time the clutch pedal isn't depressed, it's sitting in its natural position. If I push the clutch, the first 1/2" or so of movement doesn't pull the cable at all, it just catches the slack, which tells me the cable needs play adjustment, but that's hard to do with it sticking in the cut in the firewall...
As always, any and all help very appreciated!