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1955 TBird horn wire

Hi. My 55 TBird has never had the horn electrics fitted, so I purchased a NOS horn wire on Ebay and went to fit it. All the mechanical / horn ring pieces are there. The horn wire didn't come with a spring or anything, just two end fittings (one for connection to a wire to the horn relay and one that contacts under the horn ring). What other fittings should there by at the horn ring end? Is there a steel cup or similar that fits into the steering column hole at the top? Somehow it's got to earth, either from the horn ring or on the column itself. I'm not sure how. Any help or pictures, gratefully received. Cheers, Lloyd
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Do you have the 1955-57 TBird Parts Illustrated book? This show all the components of the steering column.
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Lloyd,

My 55 is in storage at present, the building surrounded by 4 foot high snow drifts. Needless to say, I really can't give you an answer without taking the steering wheel off the car, and with this cold that's not going to happen any time soon.

What I can give you is an email address for a very good TBird parts supplier from the US, who have a technical department that answers these type of questions over the phone. I'd bet that if you quickly identify that you're in Australia in your email to them, that they'd bend over backwards to help.

Check them out online at "thunderbirdcenter.com" as they have new and used parts, and a catalogue, as well as.

Their email address for the parts/technical end of things is "tbirdcenter@sprintmail.com".

I hope this gets you the info you need!

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I have a 1955 Ford workshop manual - not specific enough I guess. After too much time mucking around, I got it to work. Had to purchase a spring that that was just the right size and repair the inside of the horn ring, but works fine now. Cheers, Lloyd
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All sorted now. Obviously need a good parts manual as suggested. Cheers, Lloyd
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Freoway,

Most of the parts suppliers for TBirds have online catalogues, but printed ones as well. Hill's, the supplier I referred to on my last post, certainly do, and an email to them may get them to send one your way.

The catalogues include factory exploded diagrams of the different assemblies (sometimes difficult to see unless enlarged) as well as photos of many parts with tips on how to finish them (paint colours, etc.)

Good Luck with your small bird down under!

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