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Powerflite
Posted 2017-09-02 9:09 PM (#547600 - in reply to #547164)
Subject: Re: White 1958 Coronet Lancer



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Go for it Mike! You really have nothing to lose. If you mess it up, you can still pay big bucks to get it re-molded.

I cut out a ring for my horn contact today. Then I brazed a layer of brass on the bottom side to help prevent corrosion and put a spot of brass on the top side too in order to solder the electrical wire to it. I ended up grinding through the brass in 2 spots, but it should be alright anyway because I will cover it with dielectric grease. After it was done, I layed it into the wheel and welded it to the center hub. I dowsed the plate after each weld to cool it and prevent the soldered wire from melting and coming loose. I don't normally recommend welding on a piece of rug, but I thought it was worth the risk to catch it on fire in order to save the paint. Hopefully there won't be any interference issues with the turn signal, but if so, I will just grind the welds down until all is good. But I don't think it will end up being that close. I would have put it on today, but I had my limit of heat exposure for the day so I will save it for later.



(Home Made Horn Contact.jpg)



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Powerflite
Posted 2017-09-02 10:45 PM (#547608 - in reply to #520945)
Subject: RE: White 1958 Coronet Lancer



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For future reference, this is the wiring on the back of the fuel & ammeter gauges, as well as the light switch wiring on my '58 Dodge.



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Powerflite
Posted 2017-09-03 10:02 AM (#547625 - in reply to #520945)
Subject: Re: White 1958 Coronet Lancer



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I went to install the wheel and realized I really goofed. The way I have it setup, the horn is always connected to ground through the welds to the hub. So the original copper plate that is held by the hub must be electrically isolated somehow. I have no idea how I would do it here. Maybe I can cut the center hole extra large and epoxy it to the hub? Not sure how well that would hold it in place though. I am tempted to just put a button on the dash for the horn at this point.

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soiouz
Posted 2017-09-03 10:50 AM (#547627 - in reply to #520945)
Subject: RE: White 1958 Coronet Lancer



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Why not just install the correct part instead? They are not so hard to find, I might even have one here in a parts drawer.
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big m
Posted 2017-09-03 11:02 AM (#547630 - in reply to #520945)
Subject: Re: White 1958 Coronet Lancer



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Yes, David is correct.

The horn contact rings are removable, there is no such thing as a 'power steering' steering wheel, as many proclaim, they are all the same with the exception of the removable horn contact ring.
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Powerflite
Posted 2017-09-03 1:16 PM (#547637 - in reply to #547627)
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On my original wheel it is definitely not removeable. But I can't figure out how it isn't shorting out on the hub either??

If you have one of these I could install, I would be very thankful.
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soiouz
Posted 2017-09-03 1:49 PM (#547643 - in reply to #547637)
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Powerflite - 2017-09-03 1:16 PM

On my original wheel it is definitely not removeable. But I can't figure out how it isn't shorting out on the hub either??
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If you have one of these I could install, I would be very thankful.


That brass ring is made to be removeable. It is cramped tight against the hub, but it comes out, that's for sure, unless your wheel was modified and not original.

The original brass ring has a smaller rubber ring inside the hole for the hub, so it does not short on the hub.


I will go in my garage right and try to find it.. I just hope I still have it. If I do find it, I will send it to you for the price of shipping only.
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Powerflite
Posted 2017-09-03 6:20 PM (#547672 - in reply to #547643)
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Thanks David!
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soiouz
Posted 2017-09-03 6:59 PM (#547678 - in reply to #547672)
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Powerflite - 2017-09-03 6:20 PM

Thanks David!



Searched all over my garage, and I cannot find it!... I might have given it to a guy last year who wanted to do a conversion to power steering in his 1958 Dodge. Sorry! But Big M or someone else on this board should have one, they are not that rare.
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1960fury
Posted 2017-09-03 7:50 PM (#547684 - in reply to #520945)
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that steering wheel looks perfect, great work! nice color combo too! love 58 dodges.
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Powerflite
Posted 2017-09-04 12:39 AM (#547704 - in reply to #547684)
Subject: Re: White 1958 Coronet Lancer



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Thanks for looking David. I probably need to find one because I don't see how to make it work well doing a home-made approach.

Thanks Sid, I'll like it too once I can start to use it.
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