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1960 Corvair horns
Posted by: Amadeus_Emilio ()
Date: September 03, 2022 11:59AM

I was having problems with my the two horns on my car. When I press the wheel there is an abrupt and sudden low "Donk" sound that comes from the horns, but nothing else that follows. Ive tried putting degreaser on the connections where the wires plug into the horn terminal, but no dice. There's no messed up or rotted wires in the system, so I wanna believe its the horns themselves. Any clue how to fix them?

Also, Im not sure if this is stock or not, but there were two different horns on my car. one with a larger bell and one with a smaller bell-which was faced backwards for some reason. If anyone knows whether they're supposed to be the same or if there supposed to be different for the model, and if so, which one is actually stock for a '60 Corvair 700

Any insight is much appreciated, Thank you so much for reading!

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Re: 1960 Corvair horns
Posted by: caroseiii ()
Date: September 04, 2022 12:16AM

Someone swapped out the big bell one. No one makes those anymore so you have to buy repros that have adjustable levers to adjust snhle and offset like OER sells.

C.A. Rose
Metairie, LA
1962 Spyders

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Re: 1960 Corvair horns
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: September 04, 2022 06:54AM

Taking them apart to clean the contacts can be done. It buying two that work is easier.

I think Richard1 had pictures of doing his 60 horns down in Bolivia.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: 1960 Corvair horns
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: September 04, 2022 08:39AM

Here is the place that I have used to rebuild my horns. They are not the least expensive, but the quality of the work is always top-notch.

The Horn Works
Restoration Specialist of Collector Car Horns
967 Hackett St. Beloit, WI. 53511
608-361-0095
Mon-Fri 9:00 -- 4:00 Sat 9:00 -- 1:00 CST

[www.carhornrestoration.com]

Your other choice is to find some used horns and hope that they work. I have heard of people spraying a rust remover such as WD40 into the horns and then hitting the horns with a rubber mallet to get them working again. I have never tried to do this, so I don't know if it will work or not. I also don't know if that will damage them to the point that they are not rebuildable.

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Re: 1960 Corvair horns
Posted by: Amadeus_Emilio ()
Date: September 04, 2022 10:08AM

thank you, I'll look into it right away!

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Re: 1960 Corvair horns
Posted by: Amadeus_Emilio ()
Date: September 04, 2022 10:09AM

Thank you!

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Re: 1960 Corvair horns
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: September 04, 2022 01:11PM

The post by Richard1 on horn repair:

[corvaircenter.com]

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/04/2022 01:12PM by Frank DuVal.

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Re: 1960 Corvair horns
Posted by: RexJohnson ()
Date: September 04, 2022 01:34PM

I think sometimes a good tap with a hammer can shake the cobwebs out of them and bring them back to life.

RJ tools
Salem,Oregon

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Re: 1960 Corvair horns
Posted by: Amadeus_Emilio ()
Date: September 04, 2022 09:45PM

put some wd 40 in them and gave them a good swing with a rubber hammer, making sure nothings loose or stuck inside

Made a little progress with two problems I've been having.
It all come down to the. steering wheel.

Earlier today I tried to fix my turn signals and noticed the wire that runs through the turn signal switch on the steering column doesn't move when you move the turn signal lever/arm\. So I had to take the steering wheel off.

long story short, I couldn't take the wheel off cause I don't have the right tool, but I did take the horn-button and the screws and pieces of metal that complete the circuit for the horn, and as I was putting the button back on to the wheel, the horns started blaring non stop. had to take it off again and loosen the three screws a bit more, but at least I know the problem has to do with the contacts underneath the horn button. not sure exactly how to fix it from here, but I'll try to see tomorrow and

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