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Old 08-10-2009, 02:28 PM   #15
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Becky,

Too late now, but you can remove the shelf/box from the end cap pretty easily, just a few rivets. Then you'd find a lot of room behind the end cap to feel around and help maneuver the wire.

Just a note about the antennae. My '72 Overlander, and most 70s Airstreams, have a TV outlet on the street side wall just forward of the fridge (or whatever cabinets are installed on that side). In that outlet, which includes a 12V source, there is an old-style balun splitter that feeds a coax that goes to the overhead box in the end cap. That was the original FM radio feed. So you're likely to find two coax behind that box--one directly from your whip antenna location, and one from the TV outlet.

BTW, if anyone finds an antenna similar to this one http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...15&postcount=1 I'd sure like to know.

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Okay, so it's not even 3 months since I put this new antenna on. It's already rusty! I bought it off of ebay last year (needed another part off of it), so it's too late to return it. Talked to the guy I bought it from & told him it was a piece of junk! He directed me to the manufacturer. Well, I'm not going through all that trouble for a $15 antenna. I guess I'll give one of the regular Airstream guys a call & order an original parts one for twice or three times the price, unless someone has a better suggestion!

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Greetings Becky!

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Okay, so it's not even 3 months since I put this new antenna on. It's already rusty! I bought it off of ebay last year (needed another part off of it), so it's too late to return it. Talked to the guy I bought it from & told him it was a piece of junk! He directed me to the manufacturer. Well, I'm not going through all that trouble for a $15 antenna. I guess I'll give one of the regular Airstream guys a call & order an original parts one for twice or three times the price, unless someone has a better suggestion!
The genuine Airstream part may not be as expensive as you fear. Out Of Doors Mart has the antenna listed in their on-line catalog for $18.95.



Good luck with your project!

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Old 08-10-2009, 03:17 PM   #18
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You might want to rub it down in 2 or 3 coats of Liquid Glass when you install it and change out the mounting screws to stainless....
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:17 PM   #19
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Greetings Becky!



The genuine Airstream part may not be as expensive as you fear. Out Of Doors Mart has the antenna listed in their on-line catalog for $18.95.



Good luck with your project!

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That looks exactly like the antenna I put on. The manufacturer is online at www.metraonline.com They might have the whip antenna that Zep is looking for. I'm just wondering if Airstream itself carries an antenna that is manufacturered by someone other than Metra. I can't make out the name on the package of Out of Doors mart. I just don't want to go through the work of taking the old (not really old) one off & putting a new one on to have it rust in 3 months again!
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:19 PM   #20
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You might want to rub it down in 2 or 3 coats of Liquid Glass when you install it and change out the mounting screws to stainless....
I think I'll clean it up & try some Sharkhide (I have it) before I change it out. Good idea!
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you could buy it and leave it outside for 3 months to see if it rusts
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Radio Shack does have the part

Becky,

I had the same problem with the antenna wire when I replaced mine. I found the part at Radio Shack. I will admit it took investigating several stores but found one finally. I think this is the part Solderless Motorola-Type Inline Jack - RadioShack.com

Even if this isn't the one, they do have it...I swear.

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Old 08-10-2009, 04:02 PM   #23
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Becky,

I had the same problem with the antenna wire when I replaced mine. I found the part at Radio Shack. I will admit it took investigating several stores but found one finally. I think this is the part Solderless Motorola-Type Inline Jack - RadioShack.com

Even if this isn't the one, they do have it...I swear.

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It's the antenna itself that's rusting. Radio Shack was the first place I went locally to look for a new one (before I got my cheapie one off ebay)
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:26 PM   #24
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BTW, if anyone finds an antenna similar to this one http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...15&postcount=1 I'd sure like to know.

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This is the closest I can find (Auto Zone):
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Becky,

Too late now, but you can remove the shelf/box from the end cap pretty easily, just a few rivets. Then you'd find a lot of room behind the end cap to feel around and help maneuver the wire.

Just a note about the antennae. My '72 Overlander, and most 70s Airstreams, have a TV outlet on the street side wall just forward of the fridge (or whatever cabinets are installed on that side). In that outlet, which includes a 12V source, there is an old-style balun splitter that feeds a coax that goes to the overhead box in the end cap. That was the original FM radio feed. So you're likely to find two coax behind that box--one directly from your whip antenna location, and one from the TV outlet.

BTW, if anyone finds an antenna similar to this one http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...15&postcount=1 I'd sure like to know.

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Zep, check out my thread in the radio section of the forum. Ganglin found an almost exact replacement. If you can find the post let me know. George.
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Zep, here is a shortcut to the post. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f450...osy-53414.html
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