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Anybody added cruise control to their SBC powerd car?! WITHOUT spending a fortune?!?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Johnny1290, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. Johnny1290
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,834


    OK ok it's a total luxo streetrod-ish kind of item, but I'm building a kustom and dammit I just think it'd be cool to have! :eek::cool::D

    Now the hard part, I've just started looking around the web and i'm seeing all kinds of stuff, but what I'm looking for specifically is a *cheap* way to install cruise, if that's possible! I just thought maybe there's something I could get at pickapart that's adaptable, so far I've found bupkis, but if anybody knows it's someone on the HAMB! :)

    I can't use a horrible plastic stalk on my steering column or something, but maybe just a dashboard switch can be made to work.

    Or maybe I should just put a switch on the dash and lable it 'cruise control' and call it done! :rolleyes:;)

    thanks guys!
  2. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


    I have always favored the brick as a low buck answer for cruise control.
  3. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    Years ago they used to sell an add on kit that used a magnet taped to the driveshaft with a pickup to count and maintain the same driveshaft RPMs but I have not seen it advertised in a while. I put it on my first 34 P/U about 25 years ago. That was when streetrod was not a dirty word.:D
  4. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,158


    When I sold cars we used to install an aftermarket cruise to put on trucks (small import trucks never had cruise). They did use the stalk on the column but if you could find one of these, I imagine you could install the switch under the dash or something.

  5. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,432


    Guess it depends on how much you think a "fortune" is...there are plenty of aftermarket cruise controls...I've added three to as many vehicles in the last few years (don't ask me where I got them or who manufactured them cuz I don't recall nor do I have receipts)...but I can tell you it's always been under $200.00 (each)...I don't call that a small fortune...

  6. Greybeard
    Joined: Dec 13, 2005
    Posts: 40


    Earlier this year I added an Audiovox CSC100 to the 5.0 powered MGB and liked it so much that I added one to my bottom of the line '97 5-speed Nissan pick up. At 1980 pounds and 300 hp, the B is super sensitive to small throttle changes and was very goosey until I fabbed up a 1/2 gallon vacuum reservoir - it smoothed right out. I added a green bean can sized reservoir to the pickup and it's absolutely smooth as glass - equal or better than the factory units.
    I got mine off eBay for about $80.00 each (new) I found that some of the sellers charge a lot more shipping than others.

    Everything you need to adapt any application is in the kit - between the two kits, I had about a pound of leftover cable ends, good vacuum hose and many vacuum adapters, ball-chain, and cad plated brackets for future projects.

    The MG took about 45 minutes end to end. I used the driveshaft mounted sensor, and With a stick shift, you'll need to add a cut out switch to the clutch to keep the tach needle from bouncing off the stop should you decide to downshift while cruising at 70... According to the GPS unit, when I set the truck to cruise at 68mph on a heavily enforced stretch of I95, over a 100 mile non-stop run with some small hills, it averaged 67.1 mph.

    The control unit is very simple - just two 2-position rocker switches and a bright green led - had to put a dab of green paint on it to kill the night glare. The controller is adustable for different cruise rpm at 60 so it doesn;t make a lot of difference what gears or tires you run. Audiovox instructions are ok but not great and the company's tech line is staffed by non-gearheads. Their manual stops at 1994! Anyway, there are a few good websites that are dedicated to cruise control, and I can probably help if you get in a bind.
  7. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,685

    from Neosho, MO

    I have had great luck with the audiovox units. I did buy them at Autozone for about $90 but recently they told me that they no longer sell the unit. To bad cause they work great and they are cheap.

  8. leon renaud
    Joined: Nov 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,933

    leon renaud
    from N.E. Ct.

    look into 70s chrysler products for an easy self contained cruise control the switch will screw right onto a GM turn signal lever I don't have pics handy but it is a very easy swap to other makers cars should be cheap in a junk yard doesn't matter what model just mopar 70s cruise control
  9. Johnny1290
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,834


    I'll be darned the audiovox works on a carbureted car?! Great! The one I saw on eBay needed a vss, but now I see the audiovox mentioned on amazon for <$90! Gotta like that! Thanks you guys!
  10. snapper
    Joined: Jan 4, 2004
    Posts: 531

    from PNW

  11. Greybeard
    Joined: Dec 13, 2005
    Posts: 40


    The kits I bought on Ebay can use the VSS or the driveshaft sensors.
  12. wsdad
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,255


    I had an aftermarket cruise control years ago that picked up a signal by clipping a small coil to a plug wire - similar to a timing light. Sorry, don't remember the brand name.
  13. 348tripower
    Joined: Sep 19, 2004
    Posts: 328


    I have installed 4 of these units and they work very good.
  14. Paul2748
    Joined: Jan 8, 2003
    Posts: 2,134


    I installed one of these in my 56 TBird for a trip to Oregon. It worked good. Install was somewhat of a bear but then again I'm real fussy on how I install things.
  15. CJ Steak
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,377

    CJ Steak
    from Texas

    Sorry to jack the thread, but I had a '68 GT6 with a K code 289 / T5. I would've had a blast racing you. :)

    I've thought about cruise control in some older cars myself. Being around airplanes, I always thought it would be neat to just have a manual cruise control hooked directly to the throttle. Sounds scary to some folks, but if you don't trust your work, don't do it. There's always nice looking knobs available to match your interior as well. Depending on how rare your car is, and how picky you are with the knob... you could make one of these setups work reliably and safely for around 25ish bucks, and it wouldn't look as nasty as a plastic switch sticking out like a sore thumb. You wouldn't want the end piece to the carburetor or throttle body (if you're an EFI kinda guy) to be stiff wire, like a choke cable. You'd want it to be a small chain like what's on most cruise controls from the 80's-90's.

    Just my 2.
  16. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,677


    About 22 years ago I got one of those from Monkey Wards, it worked great on my 39 Pontiac street ro-------uuuhhhh I mean hot rod.:eek: Sure is hard to follow the trends sometimes.
  17. LabRat
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,551


    Toyota diesel 4x4 's have a very simple knob on the dash for holding engine rpm works a turn to increase an turn the other for quick release ....
  18. Drive Em
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,748

    Drive Em

    Since the gas pedal position on my Track T puts my right foot in a weird position, I also needed a form of cruise control that would allow me to relax my leg on long trips. Cruise controll would look ugly on an engine with no hood, so I did it the old fashioned way, I used a throttle cable. The cable is a universal choke cable that I bought at Autozone, it mounts to the dash, and is held in place to a bracket on the intake manifold. I set the gas pedal at the speed I want to go with my foot, and reach over to the knob on the dash and pull the cable so that the throttle stays at that position. The gas pedal does not need to be depressed with the cable set. Now before anyone says how dangerous this is, lots of trucks came from the factory with just such a throttle cable, I have an original '70 Chevy pickup with one. Even if you did forget to release the cable when you need to slow down, the throttle opening at say 65 mph is so small that you could easily slow the car down with the brakes if you needed to. (ask me how I know) It works great, does not look out of place and was less than $10.
  19. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,677


    I should have mentioned, if you want something really simple do what I did to my Jeep. I took a shift lever from an old 10 speed bike and attached it to my gear shift handle, and ran the cable to the throttle body (or carb) . I can drive the Jeep with my right hand, or by tightening the adjuster, it will hold any position I put it in. It's not the same as cruise control of course, but I really like it.
  20. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    When I had a flathead in my 39 it had a stock throttle knob that ran to the carb. Using a snap type closepin to hold it in place gave a sort of cruse control hat worked on long trips.
  21. Johnny1290
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,834


    Just an update, in case anybody is interested, Kragens aka has the audiovox cruise control kit on clearance for a whopping $27! You have to go instore to get it, but they come with everything you need to hook up on a non computer controlled car. it uses a cool little switch pad you can put on your dash, about the size of a credit card or less. Cheapest I found was $89 on Amazon otherwise.

  22. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 9,418


    THe '55 Chevy second series 6 cyl. I have has the CHOKE and THROTTLE labeled on seperate cables and I bought new replacements at the Chevy truck shop in Orange.
    The Fiat 850 Spyder I usta own in the '70's ($200 car with American mags, couldn't pass it up) had the same kind of setup and I used the throttle cable for a cruise control all the time.

    DON'T use the choke for this though because it not only speeds up the engine but enriches the mixture at the same time.
    This dual cable CHOKE and THROTTLE splits those fast idle and enrichment functions allowing this to work.

    I think the reason trucks had them long into the '50's is because it allowed farmers to set the throttle and allow an unmanned truck to lumber through a field following the plowed ruts while he loaded produce in it?

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