The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

Some of the later postings include car club outings and other vintage car items that I hope will be of interest to people.

If you have the time, scroll back to where it all began in 1973 and follow the journey so far.

Thanks for dropping by.

Regards Ray Dean


See my new section "The Red Chev - Repairs, Improvements, Maintenance and Technical Details" located on the left hand side of the screen.




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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Latest Addition to Technical Postings - Steering Wheel Controls & Horn Assembly

When I restored the Red Chev back in 1973, it took 2 cars to get the parts that I needed to rebuild the steering wheel hand controls, and more scrounging to find all the horn parts.

So for those who may either not have the parts, or like I was, not sure how they fit together, I have laid out the following photos with a brief description.

But should you not be sure or have a question, please ask.................................


Photo 1.

The entire hand control and horn assembly is basically several plates, on a tube, inside a tube, inside a tube.



Photo 2.

The outer tube slides inside the steering column, and is held in place by a clamp at the bottom of the steering box. As the steering wheel turns the tube and the base plate remain static. 



Photo 3.

The hand throttle control is attached to the intermediate tube.



Photo 4.

The advance / retard lever is attached to the inner tube, and has a cradle that the live side of the horn wire is connected too.

 


Photo 5.

These are the parts that make up the horn mechanism.



Photo 6.

The springs and insulators inside are used to line up the spacer plate, and then removed.



Photo 7.

The horn button sits on top of the large spring (see photo 5 )



Photo 8.

The horn cover plate is then fitted with the 2 screws, insulators and springs.



Photo 9.

And screwed to the base plate



Photo 10.

The final assembly




 
Points to note
 
1. Ensure there is sufficient initial lubrication between the 3 tubes.
 
2. As the horn wire running through the steering column is always live, ensure it is well insulated.








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