I got a siren!

A little over a month ago, my dad got a siren on eBay. It's the Wolo Model 345, about halfway down the page. Note: if you want one, go through eBay, Wolo wants $64, but this was brand-new for $20. It's not Instructable-worthy, and I don't have enough pictures to make a Slideshow, so I'm using the Forums for their original use.

We were originally going to put this on my mom's ZAP Xebra, because it's completely silent and we wanted a way to warn walkers of her approach, but she didn't like it, so I got it to put in out Ford Courier. Since it's electric, I only go 39 in a 40 mph-zone to save range, so I'm often cut off by people going 45.

Being electric, the truck has no radiator, just a flat plate of steel. We were already going to paint it black, so we mounted the horn speaker in there.

There is an instrument bay overhead, so I stuffed the control box inside an empty slot. Eventually I'll take off the plastic case and mount it in the aluminum sheet to make it much cleaner, but this is fine for now. There were already two extra switches that did nothing, but already had an always-hot line running to them, so I wired it in to that.

It can do sirens, animal noises, or a PA. I'm leaving it set to a police-style siren, so if someone cuts me off, I can just flip the switch and give a short blast, then watch them look around for the police car. If I have more time, I can just use the PA to yell at them.

Other potential use: I'm going to make a CD of engine sounds. That way I can make my electric sound like an idling Harley at a stoplight. Or a turbine engine. Or a semi. Or a whatever.

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Kiteman8 years ago
LOL, if somebody cuts you up, follow them.

When they park, roll silently up and then go VRRROOOOMMMM!!!

And make sure you have your video camera handy.

My first Mini had a pretty feeble horn, which went honk. I splashed out on a pair of air-horns, which only just fit under the bonnet. I'm not sure how powerful they actually were, but the headlights dimmed when I pressed the button...
CameronSS (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
The air horns are still in the garage, they'll probably go on the other electric truck.
CameronSS (author)  CameronSS6 years ago
Heh, just found this topic. Air horns are now tucked behind the front bumper on my Ford Escort.
No silly! If someone cuts you ~~up~~ off, then you follow them, park about a block away from their house, and when they come out the next morning, they will be missing their tires.
>Stifles laughter< People talking on the phone and all. >Didn't work<
Dr. Pepper6 years ago
Awesome!
Goodhart6 years ago
:-( Your link to "ZAP Xebra" tells me it is FORBIDDEN for me to see it.
CameronSS (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Such are the dangers of hotlinking. :) Should work now.
Ah ok, thank you :-)
Shouldn't an electric car charge it self? Since an alternator?
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