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attkrlufy

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New Power Antenna needed.
« on: March 15, 2010, 03:41:34 PM »

Could ChryCo. have made the 1979 R-body power antenna any harder to get to?  3 hrs of removing the passenger side fender to take out a part that came out in 2 minutes?  Are you kidding me???!!! 

The point is, I need a new power antenna unit - the whole thing, mast and motor.  I don't want to deal with modding something to fit and I don't want to solder wires together. 

Does anyone make a factory-spec, plug-n-play power antenna assembly for this model car?  All the aftermarket units I've found don't fit and/or don't have the factory harness.  Or maybe there's a better place for this part than eBay, 'cause it wasn't much help.  There's one guy in Michigan who has a 25 year old unit here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320497496442



But he doesn't know if it works, he will not test it, and he will NOT come off his "no refunds" policy (I asked).  If it arrives and it's broken - well, I'm out $75.

So I'd rather not play Russian roulette w/ $75.  I don't care if I pay $100 - I want to know the thing WORKS.  I simply don't have time to rebuild a bad unit.

Any ideas?


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Leaburn Patey

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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2010, 04:08:41 PM »

I would spend the extra time making a new universal one work.
At least you KNOW it will work.
With a little testing,you can figure out which wire does what and match them up.
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Stan Paralikis

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2010, 04:24:40 PM »

I agree about the antenna being a 1/2 day job.  UNBELIEVABLY inaccesable.  Well, anyway, I was lucky to find an almost new OEM.  I grabbed it knowing I'd never ever see another.  Seriously?  Had I not found it, I was going to replace it with a non-power universal antenna.  It's a lot easier....

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2010, 04:43:10 PM »

Ya I'd just ditch the power and stick in a fixed mast.

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2010, 05:51:23 PM »


Quote from: firedome
Ya I'd just ditch the power and stick in a fixed mast.
I would in a heartbeat if I had guaranteed storage, but I have to consider somewhere down the line that I'll be back to keeping the car outside with a cover on it when it's not being driven.  Fixed mast antennas make getting that cover on and off a real chore.  Jeez I wish I had my own garage.

Maybe I'll try Murray Park at Cbodies.com.  I can't believe these things are so hard to come by.  Didn't all mopars w/ power antennas from the 70s and 80s use the same unit?  Shouldn't there be, like, a million of them floating around by now?

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010, 06:55:03 PM »

Nigel at National Moparts retired his wifes' 79 R body NYer
Call him 888-652-7464
If he has one working,pay by credit card and ship it to me--he has my address.
I can bring it down with me.
Seriously,I will do that.
Steve got schtuff from him  to me and I delivered them right to his door.
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2010, 04:12:20 AM »

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There are.
All broken.

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010, 07:13:23 AM »

If they're like the power windows in R bodies, they are.

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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2010, 02:00:21 PM »

All Factory non-power masts as well as aftermarket will unscrew from the antenna bases.

We just screw them on finger-tight & when we want to put a cover on just unscrew & lay it on the pass-side floor next to the seat.

Too easy.

Butch


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