I got impatient this afternoon. I had about 1/2 hour of free time, so I looked around the basement for some scrap metal I could use to build a temporary repair for the throttle bracket. Spying a used IKEA drawer rail from Finn’s dresser (a couple of years ago she leaned on the open drawer with enough force to bend the rollers off the rail, so I had to get replacements from the store and fix it), I measured it in place, then took a hacksaw and lopped off about 4″ at the end. After drilling a hole in the middle, I mounted it to the bracket and then mounted the cable bracket to the end–giving me another 2″ of slack in the throttle cable. I fired it up and the clutch acceleration problem is gone. To celebrate, Finn and I loaded it up and drove to the pool, where we swam until darkness, and then we drove home under a sky full of stars.

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Later this summer, I’m going to fabricate a cleaner, more permanent solution. But we’re back on the road, and that’s all I care about.

Date posted: June 25, 2016 | Filed under Repairs | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to Throttled, Part 3

  1. Eric says:

    Hey Bill, what year is your Scout?

  2. bill says:


    It’s titled a ’76 but as near as I can tell it’s a ’75 body on a ’79 frame.

  3. bill says:


    It’s titled as a ’76 but it’s a ’75 paint code and a ’79 frame and engine.

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