Fixing my horn trumpet

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Fixing my horn trumpet

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My 64's horn trumpet was in sad shape, really dented and had vice grips or pliers marks on it. I have been trying to save as many of the original parts as I can, so I decided to make a tool to remove the dents and make it look more presentable. I used an old wagon axle and made a taper on it that was approximately the same as the trumpet, but the trumpet doesn't have a straight taper, it's a little curved so I sanded the curve into the tool, checking it with the horn for contact spots as I proceeded. When I was satisfied with the fit I used a big hammer and pounded the tool down into the horn and carefully tapped the edges of the dents from the outside with a small body hammer. I was able to straighten the seams pretty well, then buffed it on my machine. I'm pretty happy with it now.


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Re: Fixing my horn trumpet

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Re: Fixing my horn trumpet

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Nicely done!
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Post by Bigincher »

Excellent! I love to see people bring old beat-up parts back to life.
I bet you could get quite a few customers if you decided to offer that as a service.
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Very nice job!

I like the "before" better. So much character and gravitas!
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Makes you wonder what previous owners were trying to accomplish with their hacking of parts.

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Post by PanPal »

Great job! Finished horn look great!
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james wrote: Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:06 pm Makes you wonder what previous owners were trying to accomplish with their hacking of parts.

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I'm the third owner of this bike. It was first owned by a man with only one leg. He operated a small gas station and was known for being able to break the beads of flat tires with his one foot and repairing them. I talked to a guy a while back who recognized the bike and said he helped pick it up out of the ditch once. The man had lost his leg in a previous motorcycle accident, but still rode this one, starting it with his good leg, then hopping around and getting on to ride. It had to be quite an accomplishment. He sold it to the second owner who had no problems riding it through cattle pastures or anywhere else he felt like going. It's amazing to me that it was still in the condition I found it. The bike had been parked in a shed for 25 years after the second owner fell off the back of a semi trailer and broke his wrist making it too hard for him to pull the clutch. The day I took it he tried to pull it one last time and couldn't. He said to go ahead and take it. I could see the look on his face and it was badly hurting him to let it go. The thing is, the mousetrap was so far out of adjustment even I had a hard time pulling it. I'm dreading the day he sees the bike again and tries to pull the clutch again. Anyway, I don't think the damage to the horn or any other part of the bike was done on purpose or trying to hack-job any repairs, it just had a life. It was just used.
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Re: Fixing my horn trumpet

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Post by FL54 »

Well done.
Whenever I have a discussion with riders from the metric crowd about performance, features etc. I have to concede that they are superior. But then I'll ask them where they think their bike will be in 40-50 years and they have no answer. Harleys may not be as technologically advanced, but they take a licking and keep on ticking.
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Re: Fixing my horn trumpet

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Post by ultrapan »

Looks great. Nice job!
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Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco »

fabulous, fabulous.
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Post by 58demon »

Hell of of nice job.. :wink:
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Post by hplhd »

curly, real nice job you did there.
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Post by cdndewey »

Excellent job...well done.
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Re: Fixing my horn trumpet

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Post by white1j0 »

Just curious, is that an old South Bend ???, great job on the restoration
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