Author Topic: 1937 Horn contact unit on steering column  (Read 1182 times)

Offline boothandco

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  • 1937 Series 75 five passenger, 1999 Fleetwood Limi
  • Name: Chad Booth
1937 Horn contact unit on steering column
« on: February 18, 2016, 01:30:12 AM »
I posted in wanted to buy, but I thought I would throw it out here for any suggestions.  I want to bring my car to the Grand National, not to show, but rather to drive.  It is a 1937 Series 7519.  I won't be able to if I don't get the darned horn working so I can get it licensed.  So here is the problem:

There is this little screw in contact unit at the base of the steering column.  It is basically a conductive plunger, a spring and a connection to the wiring circuit.  The spring is broken.  Does anyone know a part number or what this little bounder is even called?  It would seem to be a pretty standard item and I should be able to find one.  I would love any help or suggestions.

A new (very old Cadillac owner)

Chad B.

Included for consideration:  The car, and the horn "thingy"


 
Chad Booth

Current:
1937 Series 75
1999 Fleetwood Limited
1976 GMC Motorhome
Previous:
1989 Sixty Special
Reformed Lincoln 4 door convertible owner.
boothandco@sisna.com

Offline boothandco

  • Posts: 100
  • 1937 Series 75 five passenger, 1999 Fleetwood Limi
  • Name: Chad Booth
Re: 1937 Horn contact unit on steering column
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2016, 01:30:53 AM »
And the horn thingy
Chad Booth

Current:
1937 Series 75
1999 Fleetwood Limited
1976 GMC Motorhome
Previous:
1989 Sixty Special
Reformed Lincoln 4 door convertible owner.
boothandco@sisna.com

Offline Steve Passmore

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  • Name: Steve Passmore - Sadly Deceased
Re: 1937 Horn contact unit on steering column
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2016, 03:11:40 AM »
Sadly Chad your 75 has a different steering column to the smaller series and hence a different horn contact.   There are reproductions out there for the smaller series type as they used them on Buicks but I have never seen a repro of your type.  Is there any way you can dismantle it and replace the spring?
Easy enough to rig up a temporary wire to a button under the dash to get the horn working for the sake of the licensing though (that's what mine had when I bought it) unless anyone comes up with a used one?
Steve

Present
1937 60 convertible coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe
1941 62 coupe

Previous
1936 70 Sport coupe
1937 85 series V12 sedan
1938 60 coupe
1938 50 coupe
1939 60S
1940 62 coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe x2
1941 61 coupe
1941 61 sedan x2
1941 62 sedan x2
1947 62 sedan
1959 62 coupe

Offline boothandco

  • Posts: 100
  • 1937 Series 75 five passenger, 1999 Fleetwood Limi
  • Name: Chad Booth
Re: 1937 Horn contact unit on steering column
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2016, 03:41:39 AM »
It looks like you can bend back three tabs and get in there.  I might consider having one machined if I can't fix it.  Question?  Wouldn't the buick series 91 limited also use our add it was a Fleetwood D body car as well?
Chad Booth

Current:
1937 Series 75
1999 Fleetwood Limited
1976 GMC Motorhome
Previous:
1989 Sixty Special
Reformed Lincoln 4 door convertible owner.
boothandco@sisna.com

Offline Steve Passmore

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  • Name: Steve Passmore - Sadly Deceased
Re: 1937 Horn contact unit on steering column
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2016, 04:35:44 AM »
I wouldn't think there was any machining to do, just find a spring that will fit in there.

Fleetwood had nothing to do with mechanics on the vehicles they built, it came to them  as a running chassis. Buick never used the articulated column.
Steve

Present
1937 60 convertible coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe
1941 62 coupe

Previous
1936 70 Sport coupe
1937 85 series V12 sedan
1938 60 coupe
1938 50 coupe
1939 60S
1940 62 coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe x2
1941 61 coupe
1941 61 sedan x2
1941 62 sedan x2
1947 62 sedan
1959 62 coupe

Offline boothandco

  • Posts: 100
  • 1937 Series 75 five passenger, 1999 Fleetwood Limi
  • Name: Chad Booth
Re: 1937 Horn contact unit on steering column
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2016, 04:23:09 PM »
Thanks,  I am learning so much
Chad Booth

Current:
1937 Series 75
1999 Fleetwood Limited
1976 GMC Motorhome
Previous:
1989 Sixty Special
Reformed Lincoln 4 door convertible owner.
boothandco@sisna.com

Offline olds34dude

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  • Name: David Varney
Re: 1937 Horn contact unit on steering column
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2016, 10:37:49 PM »
Until you can locate the part perhaps you could put a small remote button under the dash so you can at least get on the road, some states might let you use a bike bulb horn and hang out the window!LOL D
D. Varney

Offline boothandco

  • Posts: 100
  • 1937 Series 75 five passenger, 1999 Fleetwood Limi
  • Name: Chad Booth
Re: 1937 Horn contact unit on steering column
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2016, 08:40:32 PM »
I could just scream like Joe E. Brown.  (That dated me)
Chad Booth

Current:
1937 Series 75
1999 Fleetwood Limited
1976 GMC Motorhome
Previous:
1989 Sixty Special
Reformed Lincoln 4 door convertible owner.
boothandco@sisna.com

 

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