Valero Steering Cable Routing

Hello Randy,

I recently acquired an 87 Valero with no motor. The dual steering cables are running on the floor and then route up through a cowl vent to the jack plate. Since the motors controls were still attached it had all electrical, gas line, and cables (including steering) routed up through this cowl vent.

I want to get this right, so I have a couple of questions. Should the steering cables run on the floor or can they be brought up along the inside top of the deck? Also is there a suggested 'tubing' or some other gadget to use to insure smooth operation of the movement of these cables and lines through the cowl?

Thanks for any advice or suggestions.




The cables should be tied up with all the other wires under the gunwale. The cables’ outside sleeve doesn't move with operation, so tie them up and make it look nice.




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