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Old 08-10-2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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Question 48 Ford Horn Ring Removal?

I have a 1948 Ford steering wheel that needs restored. My question is how do I remove the horn ring without breaking it. I've twisted it both ways, pushed down on it twisted but no luck. Can anybody reveal the secret! Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: 48 Ford Horn Ring Removal?

dmw56,
I looked up the wheel on the web and it "appears" to be about the same as the steering wheel on my 46 ford. I remove my horn ring by depressing the center and turning it counter- clockwise. I press the horn ring with the palms of my hands and push the ring with my thumbs- No tools but it's tight. Good luck-
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:45 PM   #3
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^ Thanks, I'll give it another try!
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:09 PM   #4
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Default A Tough One!

Changed the horn wire on my '47 this spring. I had no doubt how to twist it off but it took so much force, it really seemed that the ring was going to break just as it turned to release. I got a new horn button cushion(11A-3672) and put it in with a thin coat of silicone grease. Replacement horn wires are about a foot too long and should be cut to the right length before install. Good Luck: Fred A
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:33 PM   #5
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Default Re: 48 Ford Horn Ring Removal?

thats about it, push, turn, pray you don't break it. all are tough.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:50 PM   #6
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Default Re: 48 Ford Horn Ring Removal?

It's a push and turn on my '49. Should be similar, right?
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:07 AM   #7
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Default Re: 48 Ford Horn Ring Removal?

The super-tightness is increased by the rubber ring, which is always totally fried and stuck to wheel and button.
Get an assistant to hold the thing down by pushing down at middle...this will be a huge help. Make sure assistant knows it MUST be down straight, not tilted.
Then apply force at roots of the horn ring struts...don't be tempted to move outward for leverage. You can do this a LOT better if you don't have to holditdownyourself.
Getting it off second time will be a lot easier...
I would "butter" both sides of new rubber ring with light grease.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:18 AM   #8
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Default Re: 48 Ford Horn Ring Removal?

Now what you wanna do is take a screwdriver and pry up till you hear a click, or possibly a snap. Then just pop it out.

I agree with the other guy though, that rubber probably melted the horn to the wheel because it gets so damn hot where you are.

Sorry to say i just got rid of a '48 Ford steering wheel in pristeen condition, i with i knew you were looking for one I would've given it to you...
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:52 AM   #9
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Default Re: 48 Ford Horn Ring Removal?

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Sorry to say i just got rid of a '48 Ford steering wheel in pristeen condition, i with i knew you were looking for one I would've given it to you...
Now you tell me!!
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:10 PM   #10
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ya never call, ya never write.... you should've asked

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Old 08-11-2010, 05:20 PM   #11
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Default Re: 48 Ford Horn Ring Removal?

Got it off without breaking it! Thanks everybody.

Hillbilly, keep racking up those miles!
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