Repair of horn/light switch rod.

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tomkline
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Repair of horn/light switch rod.

Post by tomkline » February 5th, 2013, 11:53 am

Has anyone ever tried to weld the rod. Mine broke at the very top beneath the handle.

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pyrodork
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Re: Repair of horn/light switch rod.

Post by pyrodork » February 11th, 2013, 10:21 am

it's my understanding that you can't and have to buy a new rod. i understand the frustrations... i prefer an original, worn switch that works perfectly over a shiny new one.

i've ruined a couple rods because of something in the shaft damaging them (i'm betting a steering wheel woodruff key), but i was going to try some options replacing the rod on those.

check ebay, here, fordbarn... or even the local chapter of the A club. my local club members are helping me with a new/used rod.
Rumored to be an Early '30 AA...

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Brady
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Re: Repair of horn/light switch rod.

Post by Brady » February 11th, 2013, 10:36 am

Make your own from brake line.

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pyrodork
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Re: Repair of horn/light switch rod.

Post by pyrodork » February 11th, 2013, 12:18 pm

Brady wrote:Make your own from brake line.
would you solder it to the button or weld it?
Rumored to be an Early '30 AA...

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Re: Repair of horn/light switch rod.

Post by Bladehorse » February 22nd, 2013, 11:44 pm

not really sure since the lightswitch handle is I believe potmetal. I would take the tubing of some sort and expand it out (Bead and prosser) the tube into the hole in the handle. Unless there is some left, tho this tube is extremely thin to weld.

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Re: Repair of horn/light switch rod.

Post by macswoods » February 23rd, 2013, 9:40 pm

I did this kind of repair. The hole in the handle is square, I formed the tubing to fit and penned it over. Worked well, you could maybe put a bit of J B Weld on it. You will have to form the square on the end for the horn contact. Some work , but can be done.

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Re: Repair of horn/light switch rod.

Post by Potmetalwelder » November 29th, 2017, 12:33 pm

Hello guys. I'm new here and saw that you were discussing something right up my alley...

If you would rather repair the original part, it definitely can be welded. Anything made of #zamac (zinc, aluminum, magnesium, copper) also known as #potmetal can easily be repaired - not soldered, but welded.

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