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On 5/16/2020 at 5:49 PM, RockinRiviDad said:

YES!! Finally!! I have the cool wood wheel AND elusive horn bar on my car. I can hardly believe it!! The faux wood (still in need of repair) was given to me 6 years ago by @arnulfo de l.a.. Thank U kindly sir 👍🏼. I didn’t think I wanted to go thru the struggle of finding a horn bar. But this quarantine has me doing crazy things 🤦🏻‍♂️
 

In my hunt for a horn bar I found their are two types of repop horn bars. I learned that the hard way. One is narrower than the other. Guys who have them for sale didn’t even know this. Not a big deal, both are still cool horn bars. But I wanted the wider one & found one. Now, on to the faux wood repair…stay tuned 😝
 

Thank you @abandg@kreed

 

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Hi David - I've really been enjoying reading about your build.  You've made great progress and your car looks excellent!  

 

I was intrigued to hear you say there are two repro horn bars out there - narrow and wide.  Do you know who made which?  Did you simply prefer the look of the wider one or was there a functional issue involved? 

 

Do you mind measuring the wider horn bar you now have?  I have a repro horn bar on my '65 but can't recall who I got it from.  It works great and I suspect it may be the wider one.  Just would like to make sure.

 

I'm sure your cracked wood wheel can be restored.  There are guys advertising such a service in Hemmings.  I also came across an article on doing it yourself using epoxy.   Will have to search my archives for that.

 

Cheers,

 

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On 6/10/2020 at 11:49 AM, 65VerdeGS said:

I've really been enjoying reading about your build.  You've made great progress and your car looks excellent!  

 

I was intrigued to hear you say there are two repro horn bars out there - narrow and wide.  Do you know who made which?  Did you simply prefer the look of the wider one or was there a functional issue involved? 

 

Do you mind measuring the wider horn bar you now have?  I have a repro horn bar on my '65 but can't recall who I got it from.  It works great and I suspect it may be the wider one.  Just would like to make sure.

 

I'm sure your cracked wood wheel can be restored.  There are guys advertising such a service in Hemmings.  I also came across an article on doing it yourself using epoxy. Will have to search my archives for that


thank U sir 

 

Sorry for replying so late, busy week, I didn’t get a chance to measure for u until now. 12-3/4” is the width of my horn bar. I didn’t think to measure the narrower one when I had it here. I’m guessing the narrower version is 1/4” less which isn’t much. But my eye caught it when I mounted it to the steering wheel. It didn’t fill the steering wheel cut-out as nice as the wider one. Plus, the ends were rounded over much more than the wider one. So yes, I preferred the “look” of the wider one. 
 

Functionality: they both do the job. But if u search on this forum u will hear many people having issues with some horn bars not activating the horn without mods. Two solutions were to leave screws loose &/or grinding the mounting plate thinner. The arms of the narrower horn bar I had also weren’t bent right. They did not sit up past the steering wheel cutout. One sat below the cutout & one sat slightly above. One suggestion I got was to bend the arms myself to fix it. That’s like getting your bumpers chromed before they get straightened. Grinding, leaving screws loose & bending chromed steel did NOT sound appealing to me. Especially, when these horn bars cost so much & many guys said their horn bars didn’t have any issues. I had to dig deeper. 
 

@buickbonehead is the main guy reproducing the near perfect wider horn bars. Unfortunately, he did not have any for sale. He did mention that there is someone out there who copied his version but he doesn’t know the guy. When I showed him pix of the narrow version he agreed it did not look like his work. 


Good idea on the steering wheel epoxy repair article. I will look for that. I’ll look in the Hemming’s too, thx. YouTube has a couple how-to vids & @kreed gave me a few pointers from when he once did it. Thx Ken. I have not built up the courage. Nor have I gotten over the excitement of actually having a faux wood wheel on my car to take it off & experiment with that repair 😆

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because I’m too cheap to pay to rechrome my wheels 😆😆😆
 

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Looking good David . 
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3 hours ago, kreed said:

Looking good David . 
KReed

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thx for the pointers 👍🏼

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On 6/13/2020 at 2:01 PM, RockinRiviDad said:


thank U sir 

 

Sorry for replying so late, busy week, I didn’t get a chance to measure for u until now. 12-3/4” is the width of my horn bar. I didn’t think to measure the narrower one when I had it here. I’m guessing the narrower version is 1/4” less which isn’t much. But my eye caught it when I mounted it to the steering wheel. It didn’t fill the steering wheel cut-out as nice as the wider one. Plus, the ends were rounded over much more than the wider one. So yes, I preferred the “look” of the wider one. 
 

Functionality: they both do the job. But if u search on this forum u will hear many people having issues with some horn bars not activating the horn without mods. Two solutions were to leave screws loose &/or grinding the mounting plate thinner. The arms of the narrower horn bar I had also weren’t bent right. They did not sit up past the steering wheel cutout. One sat below the cutout & one sat slightly above. One suggestion I got was to bend the arms myself to fix it. That’s like getting your bumpers chromed before they get straightened. Grinding, leaving screws loose & bending chromed steel did NOT sound appealing to me. Especially, when these horn bars cost so much & many guys said their horn bars didn’t have any issues. I had to dig deeper. 
 

@buickbonehead is the main guy reproducing the near perfect wider horn bars. Unfortunately, he did not have any for sale. He did mention that there is someone out there who copied his version but he doesn’t know the guy. When I showed him pix of the narrow version he agreed it did not look like his work. 


Good idea on the steering wheel epoxy repair article. I will look for that. I’ll look in the Hemming’s too, thx. YouTube has a couple how-to vids & @kreed gave me a few pointers from when he once did it. Thx Ken. I have not built up the courage. Nor have I gotten over the excitement of actually having a faux wood wheel on my car to take it off & experiment with that repair 😆

 

Hi David,

 

Thanks for your reply.  I bought a repro horn bar for my wood wheel a few years back after my original bar cracked on the right side.  The repro horn bar I got worked perfectly from when I installed it - no need to fiddle with screws or the mounting plate.

 

I can't recall who I got if from but think it must have been from buickbonehead as it sits above the steering wheel cutout, just like the OEM horn bar did.  It's a very solid piece and looks identical to the one in the pictures you posted.  Is that who made your repro horn bar?  Dare I ask what you had to pay for it?? 🤑

 

I found that article on how to restore your faux wood wheel: http://www.secondchancegarage.com/public/475.cfm

 

In the article, the author shows how he repaired a cracked 67 Corvette plastic wheel.  I happen to own a '67 Vette so am able to confirm that the wood wheel in that car is rather a darker shade of "Walnut" than was used in the Buick wood wheel.  So, you'll have to alter the paint mix to lighten the shade of brown to get a perfect match for your wheel.  With your skills and a bit of patience I think you should be able to restore that cracked wheel to its former glory!. 

 

Hope this helps,

 

 

 

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again...sorry for the late reply...I have an AWESOME excuse this time...I am a brand new Grandpa (woo WHOO). My daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I don’t wanna be “that” guy & post baby pix haha. As Rivieras are beautiful cars they don’t stand a chance against this little baby girl haha

 

@65VerdeGS

I have heard some guys get the original cracked horn bar repaired. U gotta find a guy who can weld pot metal. Have u tried that? 

I reached out to buickbonehead (Rick Rawls) & sent him pix of the differences I found. He did not know who made the narrower one & could not confirm that the one I have was one of his. But he did say it looked like his work. I am confident it is his work just from comparing stories & fitment. I was being a cheapskate years ago when these horn bars cost (dont quote me on this) $200?? I now paid $350...ouch!!! This damn car is expensive. 

Thank U so much for that steering wheel repair link. I’m still building up the courage to do the repair myself while I sort out other projects. 

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On 6/18/2020 at 4:50 PM, arnulfo de l.a. said:

Them rings look pretty good David!

 

Thank U sir...& thx for all the direction u have provided 

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On 6/19/2020 at 12:42 AM, 65VerdeGS said:

 

Hi David,

 

Thanks for your reply.  I bought a repro horn bar for my wood wheel a few years back after my original bar cracked on the right side.  The repro horn bar I got worked perfectly from when I installed it - no need to fiddle with screws or the mounting plate.

 

I can't recall who I got if from but think it must have been from buickbonehead as it sits above the steering wheel cutout, just like the OEM horn bar did.  It's a very solid piece and looks identical to the one in the pictures you posted.  Is that who made your repro horn bar?  Dare I ask what you had to pay for it?? 🤑

 

I found that article on how to restore your faux wood wheel: http://www.secondchancegarage.com/public/475.cfm

 

In the article, the author shows how he repaired a cracked 67 Corvette plastic wheel.  I happen to own a '67 Vette so am able to confirm that the wood wheel in that car is rather a darker shade of "Walnut" than was used in the Buick wood wheel.  So, you'll have to alter the paint mix to lighten the shade of brown to get a perfect match for your wheel.  With your skills and a bit of patience I think you should be able to restore that cracked wheel to its former glory!. 

 

Hope this helps,

 

 

 


A very interesting link, thank you Alex!
I have a second GS steering wheel cracked like the one of David, but never fixed it. The method shown on this website is very inspiring me to finally fix it correctly and sell it again. 😉 

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59 minutes ago, RockinRiviDad said:

 

again...sorry for the late reply...I have an AWESOME excuse this time...I am a brand new Grandpa (woo WHOO). My daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I don’t wanna be “that” guy & post baby pix haha. As Rivieras are beautiful cars they don’t stand a chance against this little baby girl haha

 

@65VerdeGS

I have heard some guys get the original cracked horn bar repaired. U gotta find a guy who can weld pot metal. Have u tried that? 

I reached out to buickbonehead (Rick Rawls) & sent him pix of the differences I found. He did not know who made the narrower one & could not confirm that the one I have was one of his. But he did say it looked like his work. I am confident it is his work just from comparing stories & fitment. I was being a cheapskate years ago when these horn bars cost (dont quote me on this) $200?? I now paid $350...ouch!!! This damn car is expensive. 

Thank U so much for that steering wheel repair link. I’m still building up the courage to do the repair myself while I sort out other projects. 

 

🥳👍 Congrats David - glad to hear that you become a grandpa! This is something I'm waiting for but hummm, I guess this will need few years longer with my sons 😁
Yes right, it looks like these horn bars cost more and more. Can't recall how much I paid few years ago, but I'm sure it wasn't 350 box. Got them from Rick, they look absolutely great, the wohle steering wheel is now a pure jewel! 🥰🤗
As I said to Alex, with this link I'm very motivated to repair my old steering wheel! 
Good luck with you projects! 

 

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8 hours ago, RockinRiviDad said:

 

again...sorry for the late reply...I have an AWESOME excuse this time...I am a brand new Grandpa (woo WHOO). My daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I don’t wanna be “that” guy & post baby pix haha. As Rivieras are beautiful cars they don’t stand a chance against this little baby girl haha

 

@65VerdeGS

I have heard some guys get the original cracked horn bar repaired. U gotta find a guy who can weld pot metal. Have u tried that? 

I reached out to buickbonehead (Rick Rawls) & sent him pix of the differences I found. He did not know who made the narrower one & could not confirm that the one I have was one of his. But he did say it looked like his work. I am confident it is his work just from comparing stories & fitment. I was being a cheapskate years ago when these horn bars cost (dont quote me on this) $200?? I now paid $350...ouch!!! This damn car is expensive. 

Thank U so much for that steering wheel repair link. I’m still building up the courage to do the repair myself while I sort out other projects. 

Hi David,

 

Yes, the original pot metal horn bar can be repaired.  I know because I had it done about 30 years ago!  After my original horn bar broke I had a friend who was a welder tell me he could fix it.  And he did.  He welded the broken half back onto the hub - the weld wasn't pretty but that was luckily hidden inside the hub so not visible when installed. 

 

I ran that repaired horn bar for many years but never trusted it.  That's because I had to remember to PULL UP on the horn bar from behind the steering wheel (not an instinctive move), putting pressure towards the back side of the hub where it was strongest.  I always worried this would bite me in an emergency, so when the repro horn bars became available I bought one and put my original on the shelf.  Last year I traded it for a full set of tinted glass (except windshield) from a local guy who parted out a '65, so I'm happy.

 

I think I paid around $200 for the repro horn bar about 10 years ago.   As you know these bars are super solid so I can now bang on it all day and keep my 4-note horns blaring without worrying about one half of the horn bar falling at my feet when I do!

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Anyone have a pic of a broken horn bar? Curious as to exactly where the break occurs, to possibly provide some kind of re enforcement . Thanks

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3 hours ago, arnulfo de l.a. said:

Anyone have a pic of a broken horn bar? Curious as to exactly where the break occurs, to possibly provide some kind of re enforcement . Thanks


This broken horn bar hub was what was left in the wood wheel u gave me. U can see where both bars once lived. Another friend of mine had an original horn bar with the crack in the same place. I failed to snap a pic of that one

 

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