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Rear Antenna...All AAR's And T/A's?Rear Antenna...All AAR's And T/A's?
Is there any special hardware to doing this? Or is it the same stuff that would be used up front, just mounted at the rear, using a longer coaxial cable?
Seems that way!!
By the looks of that listing, any setup from a 68-70 Charger would do the trick on the Cuda!
The chrome trim bezel is actually different, I believe the mast on the originals was also shorter by about 1/2". The bezel for the charger will work and visually is very close, but is not 100% the same. My AAR had a jumper if I remember right, which used 2 regular cables & the jumper block connecting the two, but this may not have been original to the car I dont know,although it was all mopar stuff.
Or buy one from autozone and put it back there like I did.
As for the posted question, there were actually a few T/As and AARs without the rear antenna, the radio delete cars. They had no holes. There was a T/A for sale on eBay a few months ago with a fender mounted antenna. A look at the fender tag showed no radio code so it was a radio relete car. A previous owner then went and installed a antenna in the right front fender.
It's pretty similar, as you describe, but with the longer lead wire. The mounting bezel angle is the most important. The telescoping antenna goes straight up, not swept back at an angle.
Just something to consider for correctness; a telescoping antenna was usually used on cars with a AM only radio, and a fixed length antenna for FM use was set at 32” for optimum FM reception.
GTX,where did you get those prices from??? I bought mine from Metro at Carlisle last summer ,telescopic mast for $95.00 with the 72''cable.
The AM reception STINKS with a fender mounted antenna and fiberglass hood. I know why they put that antenna in the back. I'm gonna get a solid mast antenna. Those telescoping ones are too fragile.
A12, your theory is correct. Optimum FM reception at 98 megacycles,the middle of the fm spectrum would call for a 32(actually 31)inch mast. 71 T/A you're also correct about the glass hood and AM reception . A steel hood acts as a 'ground plane' to capture the signal,something a glass hood can't do.
Scott, there may have been a point that FM radios were becoming more and more popular that manufactures started to order fixed (re: less expensive) antenna for production then the telescoping version.
I called a company that specializes in rear fender mounted (Mopar) antennas, looking for a replacement antenna for my ’69 ½ 6BBL, Lift Off Hood, Road Runner that had it mounted on the rear fender (since 1970), and they also pointed out that 32” fixed antennas were normally on cars with FM radios.
I’m not saying that you won’t find an AM radio car with a fixed antenna but you’re less likely (after a certain point) to find FM radio cars with a telescoping antenna that extends a little more than 32”. Now that I said that I’m going to have to come up with a lot more facts, won’t I? I should learn to keep my mouth shut.
I will measure it tonight and let you know. What points do you measure betweenfrom? The tip and the mast base? Unscrewed off the car?
Well, I posted this question for cosmetic reasons, but it was good to learn WHY the T/A's and AAR's got the rear mount. Very enlightening, gentlemen. Thank you!
Dan, if your looking to mount an antenna on the quarter panel instead of the fender, and if your interested in an electric telescoping unit... Canadian tire sells a universal one that comes with several different bases so you can mount it straight up or at an angle.
But if a stock apearing antenna is what your after don't go with this universal one, it doesn't look anythng like stock.