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  1. From an interesting article about car horns... Another popular horn was the Klaxon, whose name was derived from the Greek word klaxo, meaning "to shriek". The Klaxon produced its sound with an electrically powered vibrating metal diaphragm. The Klaxon was the first horn to need "just a touch" rather than be sounded continuously, to clear the path for the automobile. The Klaxon-type diaphragm horn has evolved over the years and is the basis for today's modern diaphragm horns. Manufacturers have experimented with the diaphragm and sound chamber to produce a variety of sounds. Arguabl
  2. If you want to disassemble a klaxon, inspect and repair it, I did make a video that shows all the steps of doing it. They're really pretty simple inside. The video is posted in the photos/videos section.
  3. Graham Man...love the foot actuated Klaxon. If I ever see one for sale I'll buy it and restore it!
  4. Hey keithb7 that's awesome!!! Ya gotta have some "ahooooooooooga" or it's not vintage. Fellow Canuck here from Niagara.
  5. These horns can be expensive on ebay. I managed to find one about and hour from where I live and being sold by a lady whom I think was clearing out a bunch of her departed husband's stuff. She said she had a bunch of "gaskets sets" for sale too but I have a Graham Paige so no luck there. Maybe it's generalization but I've got cheap parts from ladies who have no idea what they are and think they're "stinky"!
  6. I hope you guys will watch the video I posted. It's so cool to look at the "guts" of the Klaxons and see what makes them work. It's basically just a mechanical speaker. A ribbed disc just spins against the diaphragm...
  7. Hey guys. I've got a 1929 Graham Paige model 612. I'm working hard on getting it on the road this spring. I fixed the horn that came with the car but I'm not sure it's the original. It has a disappointing "beep beep" sound. Yawwwn. My friends were disappointed as they thought it would "ahoooghaaaa". I made a video about the restoration which you can watch in the "Member Photos and Videos" posts. What do you think of ditching the original horns to get the cool sound of the Klaxon? What year did car companies start to do away with these cool horns?
  8. Hey guys. I bought a vintage Klaxon horn to replace my boring "beep beep" horn in my 1929 Graham Paige model 612. The horn was super filthy and not working when I bought it but what do you want for $40? In this video I attempt to clean it up and get it working. It turned out great! Lemme know what you think. Is it ok to replace a standard horn just to get the Klaxon sound? And here's before and after pics of the horn...
  9. Sounds like a load of tripe to me. If it does, it is not open! And if it is open and the engine overheats, there are significant problems with the cooling system. Fix them! Agreed. I just got my radiator rebuilt so I don't really see how a thermostat could "restrict" enough flow to overheat unless the radiator is already clogged up.
  10. Thanks Spinneyhill. I'll take off the cap fitting and see what the diameter of that recess is. I was looking around online and there was a lot of debate as to whether a thermostat can overheat your engine due to restricted flow but the other evil is the incorrect operating temp so I guess it's best to install it...
  11. Hi guys. Excuse my ignorance once again on this subject. I'm restoring my 1929 Graham Paige Model 612. It's similar to a Ford Model A. My original owner's manual makes reference to the thermostat but the car as bought did not have one installed. Am I correct in assuming it originally had one inside the hose connector on the head? I curled the area in the pic. This isn't my engine but a similar one. I'm wondering what the operating temp of this engine might be and if the rad is necessary since it will only be driven in warm weather. I'm guessing you're all going to say yes since engines
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