Q: Rear Mounted Antennas for ’68
I bought a used rear mount antenna that is supposed to be correct for my 68 bird. I haven’t had a correct one (ever). Perhaps one of you can verify whether or not the mast is correct (The base sure looks correct from pictures I’ve seen). My mast is a single solid piece that has a slight taper to it (thicker at the bottom). It also has a round ball on top and is 29 1/2 inches from the top of the ball to the point where the rod begins at the tip of the conical base. I’m told it is correct for a 68 AM/FM rear mount, but the AM (only) antenna is slightly different.
Recently, someone else told me that the correct rear mount antenna is multi-sectioned, collapsible and has an oval top. Which is correct?
A: Sounds like some Camaro guy told you this was a correct AM/FM antenna. Truth is Firebird didnt have a different antenna for FM or AM. Really hard to say what you do have and would send it back if possible. The correct antenna mast is a multisection (3) with oval shape. The correct tip is oval with a groove. Correct lenght is 19″ tip to tip collapsed and 47 1/4″ fully extended. There are several variations of factory and replacement antennas . But the aforementioned is era correct. NOS masts for 67-8 are hard to find and are model specific. This adds to the hard to find formula. The mounting end is a threaded stud that has an exposed nut to lock the antenna mast into the correct position with the oval facing front to rear. This windcheater design also cut down on wind noise. Repro bases and bezels are avaliable but I know of no correct repro masts. 69 is a different story with a power mast also avaliable.
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