Joe's '63 1/2 Tinkering Thread

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Joe Travers wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2023 11:10 am
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Sixty year old relay works! :D
Contacts for the steering wheel on the way to get the ground to the horn ring 👍

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comethead wrote:
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Satisfying sound of some old FoMoCo Hi/Lo horns :D
Brings back a LOT of old memories, Joe :wink:

Took it all back apart today to clean up contact surfaces more better. Happened to look down @ the floorboard and the top bolt head on the shifter was poking through the boot! :roll: :lol:

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Joe Travers wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2023 4:09 pm
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Satisfying sound of some old FoMoCo Hi/Lo horns :D
Brings back a LOT of old memories, Joe :wink:

Took it all back apart today to clean up contact surfaces more better. Happened to look down @ the floorboard and the top bolt head on the shifter was poking through the boot! :roll: :lol:

Joe II
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A clean pencil eraser is great for cleaning/polishing brass contacts.

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rusty_apache wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2023 2:30 pm
A clean pencil eraser is great for cleaning/polishing brass contacts.
Thanks for the tip, Apache :)

Contacts are new. Problem was whoever painted the steering wheel didn't disassemble all of the parts. Removing paint residue off contact surfaces. Did find the cup in the horn ring is very sloppy and moves. Retainer is also wrong part. Ordered correct retainer and insulator yesterday to get better contact @ horn ring.

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Anyone have a horn ring like this in your car?
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Wondering if there is a pin missing from the grounding hub (Mercury Man) in the center.
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That plastic part is the same and a 64 1/2 Mustang. Available at most Mustang parts sellers.
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Reread your post, I have a 64 horn button and took it apart many times, no pin in mine. I assume since it is a generator also that yours has no pin. There is a flexible rubber cushion under the metal dome though. Of course, since I am assuming things, someone will probably tell me I am wrong, lol.
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Boss/Cyclone wrote:
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Reread your post, I have a 64 horn button and took it apart many times, no pin in mine. I assume since it is a generator also that yours has no pin. There is a flexible rubber cushion under the metal dome though. Of course, since I am assuming things, someone will probably tell me I am wrong, lol.
What I assumed, Boss but not the same. The rubber ring insulates the horn ring, contact ring floats on it. There is no insulator under the hub. The flip side sits in the horn ring and has Mercury Man emblem. I haven’t seen one like this before, just curious about the keyed hole in the center.

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Oldest son came down from Georgia. Brought me the press, slide hammer & full set of pullers.
All geared up now to blow the 9" rear end and T-10 apart. Will get to it when time & money allow.
A little anxious to inspect everything & get my Santa list together. Keeping everything buttoned up in the meantime.

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Small victory but I'll take them as they come. Looks like I may need to buy a case of penetrating oil :lol:
I was surprised the brake adjuster worked after soaking. Broke the shoes loose Friday after oil, hammer, repeat. Let it soak over the weekend, went out this morning and sprayed the axle flange one more time and immediately broke loose with the hammer.

Surprisingly good shape for 66 year old assembly. Looks like I snagged a good one. :D
Rear brake/ safety upgrade here w/ 11" X 2 1/2" drum. Lining is 2" wide.

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Passed inspection w/ flying colors Wednesday. Horn is a bit stubborn because contact in turn signal switch is sticking occasionally.
Junk aftermarket stuff :? Need to take the wheel back off and try to resolve that problem. Dielectric grease was probably a bad solution.

Had a very slight vibration in the wheel during the spring, decided to check front wheel balance. After scoping the tires, decided to pop for new rubber. First time front wheels have been off, discovered the grease caps were missing from the hubs! :x Ordered a pair of original flat top caps to see if there is a clearance problem w/ those cutesy Mercury Man center caps. They are fastened to the wheels w/ a flat plate, not the snap ring like the originals. Tried to get info from a guy that installed them on his Cougar but no coherent reply. Contacted SSBC on the disc brakes and they've been very helpful. Good company!

Hopefully will have time to pull the rotors this week, clean everything and repack the wheel bearings. Finishing a deal on a spare Mag 500 to mount in the trunk today. Looking for a bumper jack if anyone has a spare they are willing to part with.

Weather is getting pristine for cruising down here now.

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What exactly is this inspection you all speak of? I have grew up in Ohio, then moved to Michigan in my 30's and have never had to have an inspection on any of my cars. No emissions testing or anything. I am just asking because I see so many post elsewhere about this.
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What exactly is this inspection you all speak of? I have grew up in Ohio, then moved to Michigan in my 30's and have never had to have an inspection on any of my cars. No emissions testing or anything. I am just asking because I see so many post elsewhere about this.
All cars in Louisiana are subject to safety inspection annually or biannually if they are not exempt by antique registration.
Vehicles that aren't restored to stock specifications don't qualify for exemption. All vehicles have to be titled as well to be registered.
Emissions test is only required in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as far as I know.

Louisiana is only state in the nation that practices Napoleonic Code. Have to have a special license to practice law here :roll:

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Joe Travers wrote:
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Boss/Cyclone wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2023 8:53 pm
What exactly is this inspection you all speak of? I have grew up in Ohio, then moved to Michigan in my 30's and have never had to have an inspection on any of my cars. No emissions testing or anything. I am just asking because I see so many post elsewhere about this.
All cars in Louisiana are subject to safety inspection annually or biannually if they are not exempt by antique registration.
Vehicles that aren't restored to stock specifications don't qualify for exemption. All vehicles have to be titled as well to be registered.
Emissions test is only required in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as far as I know.

Louisiana is only state in the nation that practices Napoleonic Code. Have to have a special license to practice law here :roll:

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Thanks Joe, interesting. Glad I don't have to deal with that stuff.
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Boss/Cyclone wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2023 5:43 pm
Thanks Joe, interesting. Glad I don't have to deal with that stuff.
Minor hassle. Most stations are very lenient on vehicles that aren't daily drivers.
More of a shakedown tax than anything else. Probably started with horse traders in 1800 :lol:

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