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old fart
05-08-2017, 10:30 AM
Hi guys and gals :

Is there anyone out there that knows the trick to getting old Studebaker horns to work again after sitting idle for 35 years . I have over 30 and if worse comes to worse will throw them in the scrap metal barrel and I would hate to do that if there is a trick to get them to work again . Let me know I have the rest of May before I start hauling things to the scrap yard .

Old Fart

05-08-2017, 10:38 AM
Unless they are rusted out, you should be able to take the cover off and clean things up and get them to work. The points may need a bit of filing or sanding just like distributor points. The first one I opened up for my 52 had a badly rusted diaphragm and was beyond help, but the other cleaned up and worked fine. I found a replacement at the IM that year.

Colgate Studebaker
05-08-2017, 01:11 PM
I've had success in taking them apart, cleaning them up and re-riveting them. Some folks have gotten lucky by turning the adjusting screw back and forth a few times to "loosen" the diaphragm up. Best of luck, Bill.

05-08-2017, 04:43 PM
I tried to get my low-tone to get working and inside it looked pretty good. In the end, I bought a replacement and now enjoy listening to that dual-tone horn. Persevere, and you'll soon be the Studebaker 'horn' expert!