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1938 Steering Wheel - Horn help


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I am trying to place the steering wheel and other associated parts on my 1938 - 40C and get the horn to work. I suspect that I am missing some parts as I either can not get the hors to work or they will not stop blowing. The shop manual and parts list do a lousy job of showing the parts required and the assembly. Can anyone help or would anyone be wiling to remove their center cap and take some pictures of the assembly showing the pieces and how they stack up and go together?

Thanks to anyone willing to do this.

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The spring-loaded center piece needs to be connected to ground to energize the horns. The trick is to only allow this when the horn ring is depressed. I ended up cutting a ring-shaped piece of gasket material to use as a non-conductive spacer to accomplish this.

See if this description makes sense, otherwise I will try to get a chance to pull it apart this weekend and snap a couple of digital photos. However, I am sure my fix is not factory correct.

By the way, I took a closer look at the picture of your car. Beautiful! How about a trade for my driveway restored, 38-48 (2 dr trunk back sedan) with working horn!

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Like Jeff wrote, it is essential that the foam sponge insulator between button and contact plate is in good shape. Mine was a little too soft causing the button to stay in constant contact with the plate once it was pressed and the horn was blowing all the time. I don´t know whether they do fabricate new ones now, I was able to find a new at Hershey in -93. This works out very good. I think you can make a new one by yourself if you use material similat to the ones they use in frompressed seat cushions. This is quite stiff but still soft enough.

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Hey, I just got back from reviewing your restoration pictures - there is something terribly wrong with that floorpan. Where are the holes you can fall through? Where are the jagged, rusty edges to leave nice permanent scars? What kind of restoration are you doing where you do everything right the first time, using the right tools and methods? Even with all of these issues, I was OK until I saw the dashboard. Now you have gone too far!!

Even so, I will try to get some shots of my horn assembly in the next few days. In return, you'll have to agree to stop killing me with those nice pictures.

Regarding your red wheels (and Dave Corbin's)... I like the look - if I were to make the change, what is the correct color? Do they still get the pinstripe? What color should that be?

Thanks,

Jeff

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Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your response, I knew the pic would be a big help. I can already see one piece of this puzzle which I am missing. It looks like there is some sort of retaining ring holding the brass piece into the cap, is that correct? The rubber insulator is reproduced by Steele Rubber and I have that piece, but everything including the center button just flops around. Thanks for taking the time to do this for me, I sincerely appreciate your help <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

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