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Old 04-22-2006, 12:09 PM   #11
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I decided to delete it completely. I purchased an amplified interior antenna. It perfomrs as well as the Ford antenna and I receive both FM and AM. The only problem left was the huge hole left on the fender. I had mine welded and painted. It came out great.

The antenna is mounted on the windshield right by the rear view mirror and is almost impossible to see. The antenna wire and the power were run down the right A pillar. Providing power to the antenna was a bit tricky since you want it to have power whenever the radio does. After searching for a number of various power souces, I chose the run/accessory lead on pin 2 of the J1 connecto on the Shaker 500.

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The antenna that I purchased wa a Metra ua-205 and it goes for about $20. I bought it on ebay but you can get them here:
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Old 04-22-2006, 12:26 PM   #12
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odiaz:
Do you have a closeup of where the antenna was?

And a Closeup of the new antenna?

Did you have to repaint all of that body part or just over the hole?


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Old 04-22-2006, 02:19 PM   #13
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I'll try to get a close up this weekend.

I believe the body shop only painted the section of the fender where the antenna hole was. The color match was perfect.
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Old 04-22-2006, 04:58 PM   #14
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I welded mine in (3 small holes, one large) did body work then had painter do the black and clear. (doin black and clear on decklid shaving and GT emblem removal anyway) Especially with solid color on new car, blend is no problem and only that area needs to be done. I'm sure you can't tell where it was on Odiaz car but we all know approx where it was. Could be easily added back if you wanted to; getting rid of it... that's the tricky part.

Love so much about that red conv!!!!

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Old 04-22-2006, 10:10 PM   #15
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I totaly agree with you about the stupidity of the long antenna. I personally went with the shorty antenna (8") from mustangtuning.com. I have pics of the long antena and then the shorty but I can't post them at the moment (at work). As soon as I get home I can post them. I already posted the before and after pics on a previous post called "do you hate your long antenna" or something like that. If you live in a city the reception is still crystal clear. I have had absolutly no problems with reception and I drive all over this town. I think it makes an improvment on the look of the car too. Two thumbs up!
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Old 04-23-2006, 04:56 AM   #16
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Heres the pics:



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SectionV8: That looks a lot better!

Even though I still dont like the "HUGE" plastic mounting for the antenna!


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Old 04-23-2006, 10:51 AM   #18
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Odiaz:

looks mighty nice- how much was the body work/paint? and are those covers on the mirrors or did you have them painted? good job cleaning that ride up!
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Old 04-23-2006, 01:01 PM   #19
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OK, I went out this morning and took pictures as you requested. I took the time to write up a little how to.

Antenna delete

I got lucky, my local body shop gave me an excellent price. I removed and masked the mirrors, the CDC spoiler and the lower grille and had everything painted at the same time. He only charged me $175 but that was a special price because my son had helped him with some clean up work.

It came out great, the color match was perfect and the repair was smooth as ice. The finish on the mirrors was a little rough but after 2 more coats of paint and one coat of clearcoat, you could no lonoger see the original texture on the mirrors.
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