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Old 01-23-2016, 10:44 AM
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A friend gave me a 4-spoke steering wheel for a 70s Corvette years ago, and is disappointed that it's not on my 82 Caballero yet. I purchased several horn kits designed for the horn button, yet none seems to work with my column. The OEM button has a spade connector and two grounding tabs. I presently use a Grant wheel with button that works well. No matter what I try and buy, the horn won't work with the new kits. Wheel fits fine. Photos are included in my garage for reference. Has anyone else gone back to an earlier OEM wheel and button? I see similar round horn buttons on 87 El Camino Super Sports with 2-spoke wheels. Does anyone have a photo of how these caps/buttons ground? Thanks!
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:37 PM
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The 4 spoke and the Monte SS style wheel use a Belleville (spelling) type horn contact setup....you've likely got the cup or the horn center wouldn't fit. You need the pin and spring which makes contact when you press the horn buttom. I've got some here...I'll dig out and post some pics.

**Edit here's a pic of a complete setup..

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Old 01-23-2016, 07:03 PM
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nice job!
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Old 01-24-2016, 12:43 PM
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Thanks. I'll check in the bag of parts that I've bought on eBay to see what's there. I did find a photo of an 87 online and see what you're saying. It's an easy fix if that's all I need.
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Old 01-24-2016, 03:02 PM
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Shoveled my way out and got one of the kits (one is on the wheel). My contact is one-inch long, rounded on one end and a flange on the other end. Looks to be copper or brass. The spring is 1.75 inches long and fits inside the contact (from the flanged end). No nylon washer/spacer. It appears that the spring goes on the outside of the steel colored contact in the photo.My steering wheel just has a hole, where I've seen others online that have a white nylon bushing that the contact drops into. I have two sets of all the other parts shown in your photo. Do I need to buy the bushing as well? Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-24-2016, 03:15 PM
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George...let me dig into this a little more...just popped on at half time (Denver/ New England game)...going back to watch second half...lol
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Old 01-24-2016, 03:26 PM
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Duh... the piece that holds the contact is on the turn signal cam. It's not a bushing.
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There you go...sounds like you've got it figured?
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Thanks for the help, O.D.
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Finally! The wheel is on and the horn works. The new (third) contact kit I bought would have made things simple. The horn wouldn't work because I had the correct length spring, the plastic spring retainer (probably all the same) and the wrong length contact. This last kit I bought was AC Delco (see photo for number) and it comes with an instruction sheet with contact and spring dimensions for various applications. The kit has the longest contact and the longest spring GM used for this style wheel and column, so buyers will be able to shorten both pieces or either as needed. The GM kit was $10 with free shipping, and I spent about $30 each on two good used kits listed on eBay plus shipping. Hope this can help save someone else time, aggrevation and money!
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Old 02-01-2016, 07:53 PM
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Glad you got it working.
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