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Speedometer Cable Question - 1989 Mustang GT

Speedometer Cable Issue - 1989 GT Hatch.
Manual – Cruise Control
I checked the boards before posting this and I didn't see any discussions about the original length of the speedometer cable in an '89 GT so here's hoping I didn't accidently miss it.
Pulled out the old inner cable and put in the new one without measuring (yep, stupid). The new one is a good 2-3 inches longer. The new one was the piece that the parts store swears up and down is the replacement cable. There is at least one other noticeable difference between the old and the new: The old inner cable has a plastic tip that goes into the speedo head. Is this normal? Maybe an original Ford piece?
I then tried to clean and relube the old one with graphite and try it. No good.
Here’s my question: If the new cable is supposedly the replacement part for this then am I going have to replace the entire cable (inner and outer) to make this work? The tip of the new one is simply metal, is that going to cause a problem if the old one was plastic?
Would Ford have the original inner cable that measures roughly 70’’??
I hope there are others out there that can at least verify that the inner cable was originally about 70’’ long and had a plastic tip on it…

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