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CRUISE CONTROL

This is only a basic form of cruise control, being essentially a throttle lock rather than full cruise control, but is more than adequate for those long cruises down the French autoroutes heading south.

The kit includes most parts needed for fitting, the only parts required, other than wire and screws, are the switches to fit the brake and clutch pedals to cut the control off as soon as either of these are depressed,

and because of the very nature, ie position of engine, a bracket for the cable mounting.  This is mounted under the floorpan inline with the throttle pedal linkage. [you could extend the cable and run it direct to the carb linkage, but that seems like a lot of wasted work] The pic shows the bracket in place with the cables being connected with a normal screw electrical connector {choccy box terminal}

Next step was to fit the control box itself. This, as the picture shows, I mounted on the side of the drivers seat mounting box, just below the handbrake, it may look like it fouls the lever but trust me it doesn't.  Here it's easily accessible to switch on or off and "fine tune" as you're driving.

This picture shows the overall position of the control unit in conjunction with the seat etc, ( and the pic is not reversed, Basset is a left hooker ) from this you can see how easily accessible the control unit is [as well as the heater control between the handbrake lever and seatbelt stalk] from the drivers position.

 The cable coming out of the front of the control unit goes forward through the floorpan at the front, hoops backwards to connect to the throttle cable, there are other ways it could be done but that's my method.

 That's all the "mechanical fitting", now to the electrical part, this is not a problem, the complexity of the wiring is up to you.

 

 First thing to do is connect the control unit to a power supply, [via a fuse of course] mine is done through an ignition controlled supply, this way whatever happens if the ignition is switched off the cruise control cuts off straight away.  The only other wire involved supplies the earth for the system, mine is wired to contact switches on the brake and clutch pedals, as the picture below right shows.

  Not the best picture in the world I know, I'll get a better one soon as I get a chance, but it does show the switch on the clutch pedal, the switch is merely a courtesy light switch obtained from the local breakers, my source of supply for most of my bits - not always off VWs but they fit, it's surprising what you can use if you stop and think about things.

 And there you have it, cruise control on a T25 for a very budget price.  The system is basic but effective, when you reach your cruising speed you just engage the lever and remove your foot from the throttle pedal, you can "fine tune" it by just resting your foot on the pedal and turning the lever to increase or decrease the speed, for overtaking you just put your foot down, when you release the pedal you'll drop back to the original speed.  Pressing either the brake or clutch pedals automatically switches it off plus the red button on the control unit also cuts it off, simple but effective.

 It's made long autoroute journeys much more comfortable since fitting and I'd have no hesitation in fitting another to any vehicle I was contemplating doing long journeys in, and would recommend the kit to anyone that wants a simple, effective and cheap form of cruise control.

 The kit came from a company called Conrad Engineering, there address is on the links page.