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Old 12-07-2004, 11:01 AM   #1
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70's am/fm antenna mount

I think I have a pretty good leak around the am/fm antenna on my '71 Safari.

How are these things mounted? Is it nut and bolts or screws?

I want to pull it loose and clean and vulkum behind it, but if there are nuts o there that's going to be a problem.
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Old 12-07-2004, 03:00 PM   #2
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Tim,

There are nuts behind the exposed screws. You would need access to the backside to do the R&R properly. That being said, look inside where the antenna is. The antenna was sometimes a dealer installed option and there may be an access cover under a wall pad, or inside an armrest. There was on both of my MH.

If not you could cut a hole, just be sure to have some salvage skin to make an access cover after the fact and attach it with ivory screws for the next time you need to get in there. That is what the service manual will tell you to do.
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Old 12-07-2004, 03:40 PM   #3
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Thanks Brett,

That's what I was afraid of. But thank you for letting me know what I'm in for!
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Safari Tim

Sometimes you can remove the interior speaker to get at the back of the radio antenna.

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Well, I successfully drilled a 2" hole in the wall behind the mount just off enough to make removal difficult :-)

I put some vulkem behind it and got it back together with the help of my son.

However now I am not sure if this was the source of the leak because the insulation was not wet. It did have all day to dry though.

It is supposed to rain tonight so we will see in the morning.

Thanks all for the help

BTW, I will have to put a wall plate to cover the hole, but it is behind the curtain anyways....
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Well, I successfully drilled a 2" hole in the wall behind the mount just off enough to make removal difficult :-)

I put some vulkem behind it and got it back together with the help of my son.

However now I am not sure if this was the source of the leak because the insulation was not wet. It did have all day to dry though.

It is supposed to rain tonight so we will see in the morning.

Thanks all for the help

BTW, I will have to put a wall plate to cover the hole, but it is behind the curtain anyways....
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Old 12-08-2004, 01:19 PM   #7
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That wasn't it ;-(

The antenna hole was not the source of my leak...

It rained all night and floor is wet again. The wet floor is in the front street side near the wrap window. I have the wrap window trim all removed and its nice and dry.

Over the past year I replaced and vulkulmed all the vent pipes, sealed around the marker lights, and ran a bead of vulkum on the top of the rubrail around the entire trailer.

So, either I start removing panels or just blindly seal seams.....

Yuck
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Safari Tim.

Chasing a water leak down, can be frustrating, as you are learning.

Sealing around clearance lights, does not necessarily stop them from leaking.

Take the one off nearest the leak. You may find that the seal around the wire, as it goes through the metal may not be sealed.

In other words, the lens must breathe. Sealing the base does not seal the wire.

Might be this is the fix your looking for.

Also, do you have a stack or vista view window near that leak?

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Thanks Andy.

I'll check it out.

I did replace all the marker lights this past year as well. I put a dab of vulkem over the hole, but did not fill the hole.

I guess I figured that's all I needed. I will revisit the area...
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