There is a very large class of people that own 65/66 Mustangs that, as far as I can tell, anyway, have been, for the most part, ignored entirely. They don't really want that 100 pt. show car that is so nice and was soooo expensive that they're afraid to drive it, they also don't want to make their car capable of achieving warp factor three. They just want this car that they dearly love to be able to cruise around smoothly and reliably, without having it dump them out on the side of the road or have it start making weird noises or belching out big clouds of funky-smelling smoke. And I think, truth be told, that this is by far the largest class of Mustang owners. They take their car to some technician when what they actually need is a mechanic, and this, frequently, does not work out very well at all for the owner. They don't want to re-engineer the entire car, they just want someone to fix what broke. These are the people that I am trying help out with this blog. Some problems require a little bit of back and forth, as in, "Try this." "I tried that and it didn't change anything."
" Oh. well, you probably need to try that." " I tried that and it helped, but it still isn't quite right." "Now you need to try this...." If you go to http://www.allfordmustangs.com/ and then go to the classics forums, you will be able to do that with a pretty hefty gathering of some very knowledgeable people that also happen to be very friendly. None of that ridiculous one-upmanship, no flaming or abuse, none of that stuff. Just good, solid advice from people that know what they are talking about.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Deluxe steering wheel horns for 1965 1966 Mustang

This is a system that works a little bit differently from the standard wheel, but, not by much. On the standard steering wheel you have two contact rings on the back of the steering wheel that are fixed. On the deluxe steering wheel you have one contact ring that fixed and another that 'floats'. The first picture is a picture of the horn button mechanism without the actual steering wheel. The second picture is the same thing, but, with the outer ring removed. On the inner ring you will notice that there are three teflon clips that have screw holes in them. On the front of steering wheel there are three screws with springs on them that hold that ring. Those springs are what makes the horn quit blowing when you release the horn button. That outer, fixed ring is also held on by three screws coming through the front of the steering wheel, but these are just plain, nothing special screws. No springs or anything. All that they do is hold that ring in place. In the  second picture you also notice three tabs with contacts on them sticking out of the inner ring. When you press the horn button, those contacts touch the contacts on the outer ring and that completes the circuit to make the horns honk. When you release the horn button, those three springs pull the inner ring back to its rest position, breaking the circuit, and the horns quit honking. I have already posted the wiring diagrams and some suggestions on trouble-shooting the horns for problems that aren't caused by the actual horn button here.