1968-72 Chevrolet C10 Horn Button Assembly

When I bought the 1968 Chevy C10, the previous owner had wired up a new horn to a button he installed where the choke was supposed to be in the dash. I wanted to get the horn working on the steering wheel. In the box of parts he gave me, I found an assortment of stuff that seemed to go with a horn button (according to various diagrams I’d found). Here are the parts as well as what I took out of the steering wheel.

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I tried many combinations from the limited info I was able to Google and what I now know are incorrect diagrams in the LMC Truck catalog. Eventually I posted on the 67-72chevytrucks.com forum asking for help. Turned out the metal cup was too short! After getting the proper one and making an extra layer of plastic spacers (see video) I was in business.

Since I had so much trouble finding useful information, I created a video that’ll hopefully make it easier for the next person who tries to do this.

SVRC Marketplace

Yesterday the new SVRC Marketplace opened in downtown Saginaw. I stopped there for lunch today. It’s a really neat place right next to where the Farmer’s Market is. Hopefully the city supports the businesses because it’s awesome for the area.

When I saw poke bowls at Sushi Remix, I knew what I was having for lunch, since I’d never had one. It was really good, as was the green apple bubble tea.

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I grabbed a Heath cinnamon roll from Cinnamom for dessert. Nice and gooey!

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It was a tough choice though. Can’t believe I only got one.

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Here are some other photos I took.

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Not Recommended

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The threads on the steering wheel shaft and nut were in rough shape since the first time I took it apart after buying the truck. It got worse and worse as I worked on things in the steering column, especially since I’d been taking it apart so many times trying to get the horn button assembled properly (turns out one of the parts I have is from a different year). The other day it finally got royally fucked. In order to drive it over to Earl’s place for a fix, I used this spring clamp and was firmly pushing down on the wheel with both hands to prevent it from coming off. It was the most stressful 3 mile drive of my life. Luckily it’s a pretty straight shot from my house without much traffic.

Don’t try this at home!

Rehabbed Back

As I posted back in February, I’ve been following some Active Life programs since December to rehab my back. I finally finished up the programs on Sunday after dragging them out over the last 2 months. During these 6+ months I went through 40 Single Leg Bias, 40 Hips, and 80 Back Max workouts, usually with a Bax Max workout plus one of the others on the same day since each takes about 10-20 minutes.

The programming had a good mix of movements and rotated through them with clear progressions for reps and loading. This really kept it fresh and pushed me compared to other programs that have you doing the same thing every week. I’m really happy with the results. My last bad back tweak was in August and I had a minor tweak in January.

Another reason I know the programs worked is because of changes on the golf course that are a bit hard to explain. Over the last couple of years I’d feel things in my back while out golfing. Almost like minor tweaks from the twisting and bending over. These never affected my swing or caused any issues after the rounds, but I’d feel them here and there. I’ve had none of that this year.

I’ve learned to listen to my body much better and not to push my back on consecutive days. These workouts proved to me that most CrossFit programming doesn’t focus enough on single sided work, which ends up causing imbalances in our bodies. Then we try to compensate, making things worse.

Going forward I plan to substitute some of the movements into my regular workouts so my body doesn’t fall back into the condition I was in. I’d been doing most of the rehab work at home in my garage and only going to the gym twice a week, so I’m looking forward to getting back to the gym 4-5 days a week.

Since my membership to Active Life runs through November I’ll try out some of the shoulder programs to see if I can’t get rid of this impingement that’s been bothering me since the Open. I highly recommend checking out Active Life if you have anything you’d like to rehab on your own.

Link Dump – 2018/06/19

Middle Seat Belt

I questioned if I should get a seat belt for the middle of my 1968 Chevrolet C10 truck. I decided to go ahead and get it since it was only $30.

I may tuck it completely behind the seat so it’ll be out-of-the-way. It’ll only take a minute to feed it up through the seat if I ever need it.

Done With DIRECTV NOW

Well, DIRECTV NOW didn’t last very long. I wasn’t impressed with the service or the interface (Playstation Vue was 100x better), but it was useable. Last month they released a new app, finally with Cloud DVR support. The app removed ABC, CBS, and NBC from the channel lineup though. See ya!

I’m going to give YouTube TV a try. They don’t have the Discovery channel but I’ll have the Golf Channel again, so that’s a win. I’ll post an update in a month or two.

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