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Offline Chris Bryant #19358

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1938 Cadillac horn button reassembly
« on: March 07, 2018, 10:57:23 AM »
Dear friends,
Twenty-five years ago, I removed the steering wheel from my 38 60S to replace it. Of course, I bagged the horn button and all pieces together and labelled them. Crucially, I did not photograph the disassembly and now I can't remember exactly how it goes together again. I am particularly interested in how the white disc or cup is fitted. I know how the retainer holds the bezel down and the other disk goes into the back of the horn button, but for the life of me, I can't figure how the white disc and the spring go together.  If it fits in the centre of the disc behind the horn button, how is contact made? Through the spring?

I have attached a picture. Thanks for your anticipated great help.

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Offline Chris Bryant #19358

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Re: 1938 Cadillac horn button reassembly
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2018, 09:14:00 AM »
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Offline Steve Passmore

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  • Name: Steve Passmore - Sadly Deceased
Re: 1938 Cadillac horn button reassembly
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2018, 10:14:14 AM »
Sorry Chris, sold my 38 some time ago or I would take it apart to help you.  I can say though I have no recollection of the white disc, is it plastic? If so somehow I don't think it's original, unless I'm remembering it all wrong? but the 38 plastic never lasted.
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
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1941 61 coupe
1941 61 sedan x2
1941 62 sedan x2
1947 62 sedan
1959 62 coupe

Offline Chris Bryant #19358

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Re: 1938 Cadillac horn button reassembly
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2018, 01:06:24 PM »
Hi Steve,

Thanks for your reply! I too couldn't remember the white disc but coincidentally it fitted perfectly into the whole in the back of the horn button. I'll leave it out because I believe contact can only be made through that hole to the horn button proper.

Cheers,

Chris

Offline Brad Ipsen CLC #737

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Re: 1938 Cadillac horn button reassembly
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2018, 09:43:27 PM »
This is a puzzle and I can't remember either exactly how this all goes together but maybe these pictures will help you.  There is a slotted piece in my pictures that I think goes into the insulator at the end of the column wire that I don't see in your picture.  I may have an extra of this.
Brad Ipsen
1940 Cadillac 60S
1938 Cadillac 9039
1940 Cadillac 6267
1940 LaSalle 5227
1949 Cadillac 6237X
1940 Cadillac 60S Limo

Offline Steve Passmore

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  • Name: Steve Passmore - Sadly Deceased
Re: 1938 Cadillac horn button reassembly
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2018, 02:55:25 AM »
All parts were missing on my 38 and these are the parts that Bruce Berghoff supplied for me and saved the day. I don't think this was everything though?
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 Chris Bryant #19358

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Re: 1938 Cadillac horn button reassembly
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2018, 10:14:47 AM »
Dear Brad and Steve,

Thanks for the photographs and comments. After I bought the little clip from Brad, a repro bezel from a CCCA region and spring from Bruce, the workshop returned my missing bits right out of the blue! I KNEW I had all the pieces as I still had the horn button. Anyway, all is well and I will put the horn together now. Still don't know where I got that little white disk though.

Cheers

Chris

Offline Chris Bryant #19358

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Re: 1938 Cadillac horn button reassembly
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2018, 10:18:14 AM »
Hello again,

Now that I have duplicates perhaps I can help someone else. The only thing I cannot provide is a horn bezel retainer since I now have mine. The mason jar lid mod would have worked though.

Cheers,

Chris

 

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