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My 1969 Coronet (base) needs a new horn switch. I am told there are two different switches, one for use with the horn ring, and one with the small center-cap button. I need the one for the button, but seem to find only the ones for the ring. Can I use it? What’s the difference?

There are probably a dozen or more horn switches. This one has integral mounting for the Tuff horn button. If you find a swap meet one that looks right for your installation, remember that switches for use with horn rings had a much beefier internal spring.
You can easily feel this by squeezing.

If you think about it, there’s much more leverage (to depress the switch and close the circuit) with a horn ring, so the spring in the switch must be much stronger. This “beefier” switch, NOS, P/N 2771534, is much less in demand than the “button” version, 2822126. If you use the 534 with a button, it will take a really muscular press to sound the horn. Going the opposite way (using a 126 with a full or partial ring), it will be way too sensitive; you’ll sound the horn inadvertently regularly.

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