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1959 Cadillac horn/ battery problem

Have one for the "what were you thinking? Oh wait. You weren't." category.

I have a 1959 Cadillac that I have put back on the road. Not being extremely familiar with these cars and learning as I go, I have made assumptions about how things work and how parts should fit.

One of the most recent projects was putting a battery in the car. Simple right? Nope. Appears I was more than capable of fouling this up.

I put the battery backward which means the positive cable went on the negative post and the negative cable went on the positive post. The horn immediately started blowing but I ignored it thinking (or wasn't thinking) the horn was stuck and I turned the key and nothing. The car didn't start and the horns died.

The car now starts and runs fine but the horns have not worked since then. I did replace the horn relay with what AutoZone and the internet said was the proper relay. Traced the wires from the horns to the firewall and didn't see any inline fuses that may have been blown. I put a tester on the wires and they do not seem to have power to them. Not sure if power is engaged at the horn button contacts. Everything else seems to work fine.

Question is: how do I get the horns working again?
is there another fuse I didn't see? Are my horns fried? I don't feel especially safe driving 5000lbs around with drum brakes and no horns.

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