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conrad2on40

conrad2on40

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PostSubject: Broken Power antenna mast   Broken Power antenna mast Icon_minitimeTue Jun 16, 2020 3:07 pm

I have been searching on all of the antenna topics that are on the forum for a couple of days now and I have at ask if anyone has tried to use the replacement mast from The Antenna Source part #A243. It sells for $79, and it says that it's the only one that is available for RMW application.

Link: https://www.theantennasource.com/BUICK/ROADMASTER/Roadmaster%20Wagon%201992-1996.html#1

Mine is fully broken in half and driving me crazy. The motor and the cable are still good on my unit, so I would hope to be able to repair it with this.

I would like to know if anyone has tried this one and how it worked out.
Thanks for any input
Ken
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Fred Kiehl

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Location : Largo, FL 33774

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PostSubject: Re: Broken Power antenna mast   Broken Power antenna mast Icon_minitimeTue Jun 16, 2020 11:41 pm

If they actually have it, it will work. According to them, they make it internally, so that may be viable. Other than that, you can occasionally get one from a junk yard. The finial is threaded onto the end of the top section. I clamp the top section in a smooth vice, and use a small wrench to remove the finial. There is a nylon plug in the bottom of the mast tube that you must remove to get the mast sections out. I pry the nylon mast holder out of the motor unit with a screw driver. Putting it back is a bit of a chore, unless you drill/grind out the rivets that hold the motor case together. 10/24-10/32 screws and nuts will hold it together. I use a piece of a threaded nylon spacer for a nut in the center of the gear/drum.

Their cables work for about 6-12 months before they break. I have taken the bottom end, and the last section, and after burning the nylon out of them, used JB Weld to hold a 37 inch by 1/8 inch steel cable in both ends. Follow the curve of the cable with the bottom end. I am currently using one in my 92 OCC. It has been there for about 2 months, and works fine. While you have it apart, making a new steel cable is a good preventive maintenance move.
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conrad2on40

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PostSubject: Re: Broken Power antenna mast   Broken Power antenna mast Icon_minitimeWed Jun 17, 2020 7:17 am

Thanks for the info Fred, I appreciate it.

I have read the treads on how you modify/repair the cables and how to replace the parts in the housing. Very good instructions indeed. I'll have to look into the cable mod that you do.  

I just might bite the bullet and order the mast and hope it's the right one.  

I haven't been able to locate any wagons here locally recently. They usually crush cars that are as old as ours around here and most of them are rust buckets.
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PostSubject: Re: Broken Power antenna mast   Broken Power antenna mast Icon_minitimeWed Jun 17, 2020 7:22 am

The Caprice sedans are the same antennas.
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PostSubject: Re: Broken Power antenna mast   Broken Power antenna mast Icon_minitimeMon Jun 29, 2020 2:12 pm

Problem hopefully solved! I just found an NOS mast on ebay today for $50. cheers
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