Power Antenna Swap

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Devin
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Power Antenna Swap

Post by Devin » Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:15 pm

After becoming addicted to the youtube channel Mighty Car Mods I have been thinking of tasteful little mods to do to the Tercel. I thought a power antenna would be sweet! I pulled back the inner wheel plastic and saw that there is some room to work with though I'd probably have to take the whole fender off to fab something up. My plans were to head to the wrecking yard and pull a power antenna unit and go from there. Any one have any ideas on where to mount the motor? Or maybe someone knows of a car that has a small unit?

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Re: Power Antenna Swap

Post by Petros » Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:35 pm

go look at smaller luxury cars in the wrecking yard that have power antennas. Acura perhaps, Lexus, or maybe the smaller MB?

I have been surfing the Mighty Car Mods videos too, some are spoofs, but some have good info. did you see the one on how to install power windows? there were some on this forum that wanted power windows in their tercels, I did not know there was a kit to convert them, I wonder if it is available in the states. see the youtube video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1AxO6Bt-kk
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Re: Power Antenna Swap

Post by dlb » Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:20 pm

4th gen honda accord sedans ('90-'93) have power antennas mounted on the rear driver side corner. the motor is accessed through the trunk. not sure if it will work for you but it's a common car that has a power antenna, anyway.

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Re: Power Antenna Swap

Post by Jarf » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:02 am

Power antenna's are cool.
A few things you may want to know about before hand though.
One is you must keep them clean, any dirt that accumulates on them will cause them to bind,when they bind, they tend to strip the drive gears, either on the whip,or worse yet, the (non-replaceble) plastic drive gear on the motor.
Also, many antenna's have non-replaceable masts (this you want to know BEFORE you spend time and money making it fit) and even those that do, on average, 3-4 masts before you start running into drive gear problems.
While I was at Jag, assemblies were on the order of $500, new masts were "only" $80.

Then there is the wiring considerations, factory antennas are usually powered up and powered down with the signal actually coming form the radio head unit. (most A/M units will "auto down" when power is cut)
The motors and masts are notorious for having issues, I cannot count the number of times we replaced power with non because the customer got tired of spending money on such a silly thing. for awhile we tried the A/M units but found their lifespan to be even shorter than OEM.
And the NUMBER ONE reason we would replace masts/motors???
Car washes, even some of the touchless washes can destroy a power mast in short order.

One more thing to consider, the power antenna mast is not as robust as the stock unit, read that as they break and bend with great ease.

If you're still interested, I think you should go for it, just make sure you know the downsides up front.

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Re: Power Antenna Swap

Post by Ricky2marin » Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:15 am

Devin wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:15 pm
After becoming addicted to the youtube channel Mighty Car Mods I have been thinking of tasteful little mods to do to the Tercel. I thought a power antenna would be sweet! I pulled back the inner wheel plastic and saw that there is some room to work with though I'd probably have to take the whole fender off to fab something up. My plans were to the android auto head units to wrecking yard and pull a power antenna unit and go from there. Any one have any ideas on where to mount the motor? Or maybe someone knows of a car that has a small unit?
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