35 horn button

bob wardbob ward Posts: 1,203Senior Contributor
I have 4 out of what I think are 6 items that I need to have an operational horn button.

I'm missing an insulated plug that fits into the steering shaft, the plug holds the contact for the horn wire. Not too hard to make something suitable.

I'm also missing a spring (I think) that normally keeps the button lifted off the contact - bottom photo. If someone has access to one of those springs and can give the dimensions, number of coils, wire thickness I'll track one down or make something suitable. Thanks in advance.


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  • Old Fogey UKOld Fogey UK Posts: 492Expert Adviser
    Bob,
    You need a small coil spring under the button.
    I'll send you some pics.
  • Old Fogey UKOld Fogey UK Posts: 492Expert Adviser
    Bob,
    You need a small coil spring under the button.
    I'll send you some pics.
    Bob - I can actually do better than that !
     I keep a box of springs from my grandkids' broken toys and have found one that works in my horn.
    Private message me your address and I will send it to you.
  • philsterphilster Posts: 29Expert Adviser
    Bob.
    You appear to be missing three parts - wire coming up through the centre of the steering column (live wire), a non conductive washer (plastic or fibre) and a small "witches hat".
    The wire is soldered to the witches hat which sits on top of the nut or just inside the rim of the nut.  The non conductive washer isolates the live wire form earthing on the steering wheel column.
    The sprung copper washer you have should not be level - it should be raised in the middle.  This raised section rests on the witches hat and this keeps it from earthing - completing the circuit to make the horn work.  After screwing the horn button to the steering wheel, the sprung copper does not connect to the earthed steering wheel until you press the horn button, and bingo, your horn circuit is complete and the horn should make a noise.



  • 35 Terraplane35 Terraplane Posts: 298Senior Contributor
    I had a problem with my horn going off intermittently.  The pedals on the brass spring had flatten out. Turn a Teflon washers to shim it off the contact
  • 35 Terraplane35 Terraplane Posts: 298Senior Contributor
    https://julrichpackard.com/horn_instruments.htm  Found this in my search for a new horn button contact spring. I don’t know if it’s the same size. Thought if I needed a new one I’d contact them and ask for dimensions 
  • 35 Terraplane35 Terraplane Posts: 298Senior Contributor
    One last thing that may help
  • Old Fogey UKOld Fogey UK Posts: 492Expert Adviser

    The old guy ( a retired auto electrician who'd started out in the 1940s)  who rewired my car had a heck of a job finding a substitute for the witches hat as it was missing when we dismantled the horn.

    We looked through all the British restoration dealers' websites that carried electrical stuff without any success.

    He eventually found something that he adapted but I never asked him what it was and sadly he has passed on now.

  • philsterphilster Posts: 29Expert Adviser
    A solution for the witches hat - small copper washer and a big dollop of solder.  It's only the rim of the hat/washer that needs to make contact with the horn button contact spring.
  • bob wardbob ward Posts: 1,203Senior Contributor
    edited January 17
    Thanks guys, that is brilliant information.
  • bob wardbob ward Posts: 1,203Senior Contributor
    New insulating bush and witches hat. It occurs that the steering shaft, bush and witches hat will need to be a slip fit one to the other so the horn wire isn't constantly twisting with the steering wheel.

  • 35 Terraplane35 Terraplane Posts: 298Senior Contributor
    Very nice
  • Old Fogey UKOld Fogey UK Posts: 492Expert Adviser
    bob ward said:
    New insulating bush and witches hat. It occurs that the steering shaft, bush and witches hat will need to be a slip fit one to the other so the horn wire isn't constantly twisting with the steering wheel.

    Bob - did you receive the spring pics I emailed to you ?
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