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Old 06-20-2007, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default Replacing Your Power Antenna

First....this is NOT an ad....



But Ive had a few TA and Bird folks ask how hard it was to change from their broken power antenna to a std Camaro fixed antenna.



I was approached by "Baron Von Doolgas" to swap out his antenna...on his 1998 Formula.

Having never done it I thought it would be a good thing to know..in the past all I could tell people was that thy need ed to get a Camaro antenna and install it....not allot of help...



Total time for this project...30min...We did this swap at 6am...Marines like to wake up early



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10mm wrench and a drill motor and bit ~1/4 in...



The Complete Material List Total Cost ~25 bucks:

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[EDIT.... THERE SEEMS TO BE A PROBLEM WITH THE NUMBERS LISTED BELOW THEY WORKED FOR ME
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Fixed mast--10425536 - The base that the new antenna mounts to.

Bezel-------10298264 / 10253391 - Not really required you can reuse your original..its the black rubber thingie

Bracket-----10282649 -- We didn't use this part

Attach bolt-11515756

Replacing Your Power Antenna <== Link to thread with the correct numbers 08/23/2011


This is what we started with:

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1. Open your rear door and remove the rear quarter panel covering the spare:

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2. Remove the spare tire to expose the antenna motor:

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3. Next using a crescent wrench loosen the top of the antenna base

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4. next disconnect the electrical power wires an dteh antenna cable from the motor base and remove the nut at the base of the motor

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A shot of the old electric base and the replacement base

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5. We next trial fitted the new base in the car and marked the new base where the mounting whole on the original mounting bracket was..then unassembled it and drilled a hole for the attachment bolt. Our whole is the smaller one above the elongated one..I guess if you buy the bracket you can omit the drilling of the hole

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6. Next reassemble the antenna back in the car..install the bolt and tighten. You can use a few washers to make sure that its completely vertical but we thought it wasn't necessary

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7. Cap the electrical wires reconnect the antenna connection wire..

8. Replace the spare an d the plastic quarter panel stuff...



Done...I wont post that image directly cuz I don't wann get dinged by the mods....they got enough work...ignore the antenna we used..it could be any Camaro antenna

The final results
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Wouldn't trade power antenna for anything.
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antenna? whats that?????

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Wouldn't trade power antenna for anything.
I totally agree..but when they break..youve either got to pony up $$$ to fix it or replace it with somthing..

The cheapest fix would be to buy the complete Camaro system including the steel antenna then cut that to make a shorty antenna prolly only cost around 30 bucks..cheaper if you can find a donor Camaro jfor parts

Ive always wondered why GM jdidnt put the antenna in our big assed windshields in the first place
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Wow... Can't believe no one has said "thanks."



Thanks for the write-up... I'm going to be faced with these decisions soon.
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Good job man. Looks like I don't have to walk everyone thru this anymore. It's really a very simple straight forward install. I just think some get the idea it's more involved since your takin out the electric antenna.

I hated my electric antenna & it broke in the up position. I wouldn't switch back now for anything.
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Wow... Can't believe no one has said "thanks."



Thanks for the write-up... I'm going to be faced with these decisions soon.
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Step 9: Swap a BVA on that bad boy!

Awesome write-up, and I'm glad I don't have to deal with a power antenna. I actually considered the swap to a power antenna, but realized that a lot of well-used TAs had antennas that wouldn't retract or extend anymore.
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Step 9: Swap a BVA on that bad boy!

Awesome write-up, and I'm glad I don't have to deal with a power antenna. I actually considered the swap to a power antenna, but realized that a lot of well-used TAs had antennas that wouldn't retract or extend anymore.



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Attach bolt-11515756

Thats the bolt sticking out of the bezel
(rubber thing) that you screw the new antenna onto?
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Fixed mast--10425536 - The base that the new antenna mounts to.

This is wrong. It's for the stock camaro antenna. And now I wasted $13 + shipping, because I have a useless antenna that was dropped off at my door.
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Fixed mast--10425536 - The base that the new antenna mounts to.

This is wrong. It's for the stock camaro antenna. And now I wasted $13 + shipping, because I have a useless antenna that was dropped off at my door.
Isn't that what this write-up is for - switching to a stock Camaro antenna?
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Thanks for the write up! I actually went thru this 2 days ago in my Fornula. I actually just pulled the antenna up and let it stay up on its own until i get a Camaro Antenna
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Isn't that what this write-up is for - switching to a stock Camaro antenna?
Well yes, but I was using this guide to install a BitViper. The parts/numbers he listed are mixed up so now I have a camaro antenna instead of what I need :/
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bumping this, cause this is what Ive been looking for
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Well yes, but I was using this guide to install a BitViper. The parts/numbers he listed are mixed up so now I have a camaro antenna instead of what I need :/
So my numbers are wrong?

Can you shoot me the correct one's...I got these off the parts I ordered for the conversion..Id hate to be sending out wrong information

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Fixed mast--10425536 - The base that the new antenna mounts to.
This is incorrect. 10425536 is the Camaro whip antenna. (Ugh!)

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Bezel-------10298264 / 10253391 - Not really required you can reuse your original..its the black rubber thingie
Correct from what I can tell.

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Part can not be found.

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I love my power antenna... I know installing a power antenna in a Camaro is a bitch, but installing a fixed antenna in both Camaro or TA is easy... Almost TOO easy...

When my factory power antenna bit the dust, I installed an aftermarket chrome tipped stainless steel mast Metra antenna ($40) while reusing OEM parts so I could swap in a stock one in a matter of seconds... Looks great and also goes with my rims.
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I have my BitViper waiting to be installed, but I need to know which parts to order so I can install it.
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