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Re: 1974 CJ5 Heater Controls
That is similar to the problem I had. The jacket around the cable was broken in several places, and the plastic rims that held the cables into the plastic bracket below the dash were busted off. I ended up creating a clamp out of two mending plates (1" x 4" steel with holes in it) and clamping it over both the cables and part of the bracket to hold them in place. For the sheaths I...well....I'm kinda embarrassed to admit this....I used electricians tape to fix the places where it was broken. However, I wasn't missing any pieces from the sheat. It's worked well so far. I also had one of the plastic mounting holes busted off the braket, so I used perforated plumbers tape (metal) and bent it around where the hole was and epoxied it in place. Worked very well.
I didn't realize that the '76 cables mounted differently. I had merely assumed they mounted the same way, but in the dash. Perhaps you could make it work by relocating the cables to the dash. My '74 has a lot of room to do it in.
One other thought is stop by a store that caters to large trucks and equipment. Take the cables in with you, or call first, and see if they have anything compatible. A lot of stuff on my jeep says "Caterpillar" or "Kenworth" or such!
Good luck with it!