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    Have any of you heard how a model A horn sounds at 45-50 mph? I have had 2 close calls recently, One when a guy was coming into my lane and I had no place to go, the other in a parking lot with this jerk just backing out without looking and depending on a horn to warn him. Again I had no place to go because car behind me. I want a truckers air horn with a foot switch, any ideas?

  • #2
    Truckers horn would be air and a pump on your engine ? Go electric, Bob, with a foot switch and a gun with many bullets
    Model A's and of course the famous AA's

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    • #3
      There are electric horns out there that sound so close to train horn that every time my neighbor uses his I jump and look for the train! Check your local truck stop. I think they are only 12v but if you are that desperate, the change over would be worth it. I have my "original" Spartan running on 12v and it seriously gets the job done at any speed.

      YMMV
      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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      • #4
        How does your horn sound normally? A good working A horn is pretty loud

        As with most clueless drivers any horn won't mean squat
        3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
        Henry Ford said,
        "It's all nuts and bolts"
        "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

        Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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        • plyfor
          plyfor commented
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          Concur, our stocker with 12 volt resister can blow the roof off the garage. The antique sound will certainly get someone's attention if I lean on it.

        • carolinamudwalker
          carolinamudwalker commented
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          Mitch, my horn is fine for around town and people can see the car. I think maybe the sound is so foreign that people are confused and ignore it when they cant see it. Sometimes you have to experience the problem before you can offer sound advice, and I don't mean this in a nasty way so no offence.

      • #5
        The 2 stock horns on my Studebaker are 6 volts and the loudest original car horns I've heard.

        I also have a pair of horns that look like the typical long truck air horns, but mine work on vacuum, and they are loud.

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        • #6
          I've seen guys use a finger instead of their horn.....maybe the horn didn't work?
          Twiss Collector Car Parts

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          • #7
            My 40 Ford has the original long trumpet horns, with two tones. They sound like a semi coming down the road.
            As far as air horns, when I was a kid, my buddy had a 56 pickup with air horns mounted on the roof, and the chain inside the cab to operate them. They ran off an air tank behind the seat, which he periodicly refilled at the gas station.
            Bill
            http://www.brauchauto.com/
            Eastern Connecticut

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            • #8
              You could go to the pick a part and get some horns to hide under the splash aprons. Before I get rid of my old Caddy I'm going to pull those 4 note horns off.

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              • #9
                All good options, thanks guys. hiding them under the splash aprons is a good idea.

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                • #10
                  There is an adjustment on the back.Maybe on the inside.I buy a lot from Mikes,good people whole family works there.https://www.mikes-afordable.com/

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Steve C View Post
                    There is an adjustment on the back.Maybe on the inside.I buy a lot from Mikes,good people whole family works there.https://www.mikes-afordable.com/
                    Welcome Steve to the VFF.. We know Mikes well, good people. They help sponsor this resource.
                    3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
                    Henry Ford said,
                    "It's all nuts and bolts"
                    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

                    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by JDupuis View Post
                      I've seen guys use a finger instead of their horn.....maybe the horn didn't work?
                      The 12v finger is also quicker and has enough power to operate two fingers at the same time.

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                      • #13
                        I have noticed that a lot of people just laugh when you blow your awooga horn and you are trying to notify them that they are doing some thing wrong

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                        • #14
                          M 134.jpg M134. Needs lots of bullets.

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                          • #15
                            Ya know why they smile and wave? It's 'cause you only been givin them da Ahooga honk. I make them jump when gives them da AHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGA honk! Da M134 is useful too
                            You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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                            • #16
                              I don't think drivers these days recognise the sound of our horns as a horn. They have no clue what that strange sound is. I've experienced that a few times.

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                              • #17
                                People hear my Model A horn. But the horn on my VW sounds like a mouse fart. I can shout louder than that horn... and do.

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                                • #18
                                  I love horns, and save every six volt horn that I can find. They really get some attention when hooked up in parallel to the twelve volt horn on a newer vehicle. I think my record is five different sounding horns on one vehicle. That was on my 31 Cabriolet many years ago. I really like the idea of hiding one under the aprons, maybe two. Gotta go, I am heading to the shop and look under the car. It is all for fun. Jim.

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                                  • #19
                                    Originally posted by Greynomad View Post
                                    I don't think drivers these days recognise the sound of our horns as a horn. They have no clue what that strange sound is. I've experienced that a few times.
                                    We have lots of fedex and ups deliveries with the covids virus going around and many of the drivers are young kids. When they see our model A they say, "What is it?" They have no idea of car history or any history it seems. Without knowing our history it is difficult to move ahead in life. Don't know the car, don't know the horn.

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                                    • #20
                                      Originally posted by Ray Horton View Post
                                      People hear my Model A horn. But the horn on my VW sounds like a mouse fart. I can shout louder than that horn... and do.
                                      The VW 12 volt horn is used in the British Hawker 125 aircraft as the warning horn, it sits under the pilots seat and has a three inch piece of solid foam for a muffler. The aircraft is 28 volts, if the horn goes off with the muffler removed it will stun you.
                                      1928 Tudor

                                      Variety is the spice of life

                                      Wise man once told me you don’t know what you don’t know

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                                      • #21
                                        Originally posted by CSPIDY View Post

                                        The VW 12 volt horn is used in the British Hawker 125 aircraft as the warning horn, it sits under the pilots seat and has a three inch piece of solid foam for a muffler. The aircraft is 28 volts, if the horn goes off with the muffler removed it will stun you.
                                        My VW is a ‘91 Vanagon with original horn. Maybe I need the Hawker.

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                                        • #22
                                          Originally posted by Ray Horton View Post

                                          My VW is a ‘91 Vanagon with original horn. Maybe I need the Hawker.
                                          no just crank up the volts to the horn
                                          1928 Tudor

                                          Variety is the spice of life

                                          Wise man once told me you don’t know what you don’t know

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                                          • #23
                                            Originally posted by warhorseracing View Post
                                            M 134.jpg M134. Needs lots of bullets.
                                            I worked on the Vulcan 20mm Gatling gun in the army. That was one bad ass weapon. Had a towed version and a track mounted version. Cut anything in half in a split second!
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                                            • #24
                                              Originally posted by CSPIDY View Post

                                              no just crank up the volts to the horn
                                              I don’t know how to do that.

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                                              • #25
                                                Originally posted by DBaldwin View Post
                                                Vulcan 20mm Gatling gun in the army. That was one bad ass weapon. Had a towed version and a track mounted version. Cut anything in half in a split second!

                                                There was a towed one set up back in the 1990's at Ft. Bragg when we did a live fire river crossing at one of the lakes. That 20MM cut 12" trees off with very few hits while 4.2MM mortars were softening up the beach. We had the M134 Mounted on our Pl Ldr's HMMWV and we all had to haul extra 7.62MM ammo for him. My truck in 2003 had a MK 19 and an M 60 both mounted on the turret. We also had a 64 round 40MM fabricated ammo can for the MK 19, standard supply was 32 rounds per can. Both weapons could be fired at the same time with the MK 19 left and M 60 right mounts. Also had a cable cutter extended above the weapons stations, no front doors and the back doors disabled from the outside. All in all our group was pretty formidable with each truck having either a MK 19 or M 2 plus a back up M 60 or M 240B. We were all individually equipped with both an M 4 and 9 MM plus each truck carries 40 Lbs. of demo. During our stay we only lost one truck to an IED so we were pretty lucky considering where we were.

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