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Old 09-23-2011, 08:43 PM   #1
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Can anyone help? This antenna is on my 74 overlander. Is the antenna available? Thanks for any help. This site is great.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:04 PM   #2
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Sure doesn't look like any antenna I've seen. Can you back up the shot and show us more of where it is?

It kinda makes me think of a doorstop..?
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It looks to me to be in the factory location. It has factory am/fm 8 track. I think it would work wit the mast of the antenna.
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Here is where it is.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:51 PM   #5
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Greetings scotty4040!

I am not absolutely certain, but I do believe that by 1974 Airstream had gotten away from utilizing the 102" CB whip antenna for their entertainment centers. I believe what you have is a base into which a small, spring loaded adapter threaded (spring loaded base . . . small . . . . large) into which a multi-section antenna maste threaded. if the original mast was 102", you should find a mast retainer clip mounted above the streetside window and toward the rear. In either event a good Radio Shack or other radio shop should be able to assist in sourcing both the spring loaded base and the mast that you need.

Good luck with your investigation!

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P.S.: In the phot below, you can see the radio antenna on my '64 Overlander. I strongly suspect that based on the size of the base on your coach that you will find that it takes the smaller spring and likely a telescoping antenna.

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If you don't mind drilling an additional hole you could probably use the earlier style two-point mounting antenna, as sold by Vintage Trailer Supply.

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Old 09-24-2011, 10:39 PM   #7
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What's wrong with this one?
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Thanks for the help. I can get one, i was just hoping to find the same one so i could just use the parts to get this one to work.
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If you look at photos from Vintage Airstream you begin to see the side mounted antenna disappear around 1974. Although you can see it used here at least as late as 1976. 1976Tradewind3

The "cover" you have is in the correct location but the original antenna for that era was a three hole mount. So I'm not sure what that cover was for. Do you have a hole in the interior skin behind the cover? The original antenna was mounted prior to the interior skin being placed. There is a procedure in the service manuals for that era to get access to the antenna mount if it ever needed replacing.

That involved a hole saw and cutting a 2.5 or 3 inch opening in the interior skin to access the mounting bolts and cable. If it was done right, a piece of matching skin was then placed over the access hole.

You can still get an antenna like the original here:

AN519 - JENSEN Rooftop/Side Mount Antenna

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What year did they start adding the Antennas ?, my 65 has a hole in the front next to the front window, and it looks like the wire in there is the old flat wire almost like 75ohm TV Antenna wire.
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What year did they start adding the Antennas ?, my 65 has a hole in the front next to the front window, and it looks like the wire in there is the old flat wire almost like 75ohm TV Antenna wire.
I don't know precisely when the antenna positions switched, but at least prior to the desing changes in 1966 both the television and radio antenna were mounted on the front of the coach. The television antenna was something of a pole/post on the passenger side of the front window. The radio antenna was on the streetside (slightly below the front window and to the right) was typically a 102" whip style antenno more typically associated with CB Radios/2-way Radios of the time period.

Later coaches, and I am not certain just when the change occurred, had the Skyliner television antenna mounted on the roof and a radio antenna was sometimes mounted on the front streetside.

The telelvision and radio antennas were not necessarily standard equipment. On Land Yachts, the antennas were optional while they were often included as part of the International Package during some years.

Good luck with your investigation and research!

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Can anyone help? This antenna is on my 74 overlander. Is the antenna available?
That type of antenna mount was widely used back in the 70's and 80's (maybe later). The base of the antenna is a ball. The screw goes through the ball off-center and at an angle. The geometry allowed the antenna angle/orientation to be adjusted relative to the angle of the base (the vertical surface of the Airstream in this case).

I think that type of antenna and mount may still be available from auto parts stores. NAPA comes to mind. The picture shown in one of the subsequent posts is a similar antenna but not quite the same.

I see something on the PartsTrain web site that looks like it may interchange with yours. I've never used PartsTrain... just found it searching on the web.

Good luck.

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