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Old 05-30-2005, 08:33 PM   #1
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EXT: Shaving your Antenna

Its about time I add a contribution to CB7Tuner .. I've been wanting to do this for quite awhile now.
I wanted to weld a piece in from underneath originally, but my painter has been nuts busy ...
+ they lost a worker via firing .. Its being resprayed later. I'll be doing the trunk swap to coupe soon ..
anyway .. I did it today, and thought I'd share it with everyone ...

Pull back the panel that allows you to get to the antenna. Disconnect the antenna cable,
along with the antenna harness.





They both *pull-out* .. the antenna cable from the dash pulls down, and a small clip on the harness,
release's the harness connection.

Grab a 10mm socket, ratchet, no need for ext .. (no room neway) and unbolt the bottom bolt .. thats it ..



Well .. it was for me anyhow .. or ummm, was I missing the one ontop? heheh
Ok ok .. I had to *cut* the cable that pushes the antenna up, and recoils when it's let down..
owell .. it was fawked anyhow .. and I'm never puttin another one in.
Besides .. I could'nt figure out how to release, or uhhh .. un-clip the damn thing .. so if anyone knows ..
feel free to *add* that part in for me lol .. But if you're doin this, chances are ..
your antenna motor is fawked like mine, or you're never installing an oem antenna again either ..
So just cut the biotch ..

Ok .. the antenna is out .. and everything is disconnected .. yay ..





The basic tube of bondo and another of hardner .. couple of nice applicators, I used paper plates for a pallete ..
a few towels, a sanding block, some wet and dry sand paper .. I used anything from 60-220 dry,
and 320-600 wet .. some (and this blew me away) self adhesive mesh/screen.

This *screen* is easily cut by a pair of scissors .. and actually has a nice *tacky* backside, that stuck well
to the underside of the wheel-well. The image below is looking up, from inside of the trunk ..
the antenna hole is shown by the arrow, lightly coated with filler the first time.
I roughed it up a bit with some 60 grit, to make things bond better. I also ran the sandpaper
around the inside of the *lip*. Rough it up as best you can ..



This allowed me to apply a nice even coat of filler over it while working in such a cramped space ..
The self adhesive properties of the screen, along with the two thin coats of filler.. worked out great ..
I also *concaved* the screen *upwards* from underneath .. Just so I could have less filler in *one* place ..



To Be Cont...

Hana Hou ...
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Old 05-30-2005, 08:36 PM   #2
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I was amazed at how very *thin* the gap was, that needed to be filled .. or should I say .. idk .. lol ..
difficult to explain but .. I'd compare it to about the thickness/thinness of a *dime* .. ?





I then applied and sanded about three coats of filler/primer/black-check/primer .. etc ... etc ...
I started by dry sanding with 220, then 240. After the first coat I gave it a light 240 dry hit, a wet 320 grit ..
and then applied the second filler coat .. thinnnnly ..



Once again, back and forth with a 220-240, then a light wet 320-400 and then, a third application.
The third application was coated thin also, and I made a few strokes in a *back and forth* motion..
to solve the issue of any *air bubbles* .. the final sanding was done with a wet 600 grit,
then primered and sanded, atleast 4 times.





I used both a light *and* a dark primer.. and sanded everything with a sanding block by hand. I dry-sanded my filler, while wet sanding my primer. .. this way I could *see* and *feel* what I was doing ..

After I was finished, I used a semi gloss to seal it til we paint it.





Now I'm ready to take it in to my painter and have um finish my botched up shit .. lol .. nah .. but,
I did save my guy a lil bit of work .. It took me the better part of 3 hours to do this today ..
and I dont think it came out too bad at all .. Looks hella better without it .. I'm so ready for the trunk swap ..

Now go and clean up your mess, and put that panel back the way its sposed to go .. and please ..
do not hold me responsible for any broken and or sore neck and back bones ..
Hahha.. nahhh.. it wasn't that difficult at all .. but .. seriously ..if you cant handle it..
take it to a certified auto/body shop thats nearest you.
Enjoy!

A Hui Hou !!!
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Old 05-30-2005, 08:39 PM   #3
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fucking looks ugly

jk

looks great
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Old 05-30-2005, 08:58 PM   #4
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:01 PM   #5
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Looks good, yeah, the part that you fill shouldnt be too much. And the sticky bondo screen is perfect for jobs like that.
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:02 PM   #6
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Definitely a good solution to the crappy stock antenna...I had been planning on doing that.
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:20 PM   #7
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Looks good, yeah, the part that you fill shouldnt be too much. And the sticky bondo screen is perfect for jobs like that.
LOL .. so you knew about that *sticky bondo screen huuuuh? I never even heard of it.
Sure made this job go alot simpler

Thnaks for the cool comments guyz

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Old 05-30-2005, 09:27 PM   #8
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mine is shaved too! mine is welded in there.. but nice DIY man.

looks good. hollaZ
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:30 PM   #9
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mine is shaved too! mine is welded in there.. but nice DIY man.

looks good. hollaZ
Thanks Adam .. lol I just got tired of waiting ..+ I've been wanting to do a DIY

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Old 05-30-2005, 09:42 PM   #10
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probably the best DIY so far coz the cb7 antenna is hideous.

shaved antenna member #2, are you? haha
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:52 PM   #11
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probably the best DIY so far coz the cb7 antenna is hideous.

shaved antenna member #2, are you? haha
Man .. I couldnt believe this diy hadn't been done before .. and yeah .. the antenna .. oii
It is hideous .. no?

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Old 05-30-2005, 10:01 PM   #12
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This is a dumb questions, but how is the radio reception after this? Can it be re-rigged?
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Old 05-30-2005, 10:09 PM   #13
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This is a dumb questions, but how is the radio reception after this? Can it be re-rigged?
I now have one that goes in the windshield .. and, it works great
and no question is dumb ... well, you know ..

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Old 06-03-2005, 01:10 AM   #14
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good job on that DIY shiiiiiit !! u did everythin professionally...haha.. great job !! now u can install an S2000 style antenna!!
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Old 06-03-2005, 12:42 PM   #15
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damn that makes it look even cleaner lol i like it a lot but i don't have the guts to attempt that jus yet
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Old 06-03-2005, 01:54 PM   #16
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this is a good alternative to the s2000 but i think im going with the s2000 antenna..

good job nonetheless!!!
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Old 06-03-2005, 03:46 PM   #17
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This is a dumb questions, but how is the radio reception after this? Can it be re-rigged?
i rigged mine .......peice os 4 gauge wire runs inside the fender with the antenna plug on it works great.......just my 2 cents
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Old 07-03-2005, 12:22 PM   #18
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copy cat

haha, i did this last year, just never really mentioned anything about it, but REALLY good write up Tomi,

basically did it identical to how i did mine, looks so much cleaner, every little bit counts



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Old 07-03-2005, 02:18 PM   #19
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Not meaning to be a dick...but thats not the proper way to do this, and it'll probably start to crack in a few months.


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u did everythin professionally...haha..
...not really, Professionally it would be welded...if not welded then it would be filled with fiberglass.

I filled mine with fiberglass...the biggest thing you *skipped* was sanding off/scuffing down the paint around the hole and not "denting" or concaving around the hole...this is important because it will give the filler(s) more metal to bond to. After that you could put the screen under it and fill with fiberglass fillers, sand that down and go over the whole area with bondo.

Again, not trying to knock on your DIY, but I will tell you it wont be long until it starts to crack...I've had mine filled for a little over 2 years now and havent had a problem with it.

If it cracks, or when, try this again with my suggestions and you'll be good to go. Also the sanding job looks like it came out really good,=

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Not meaning to be a dick...but thats not the proper way to do this, and it'll probably start to crack in a few months
not meaning to be a dick either, but.............i have had mine done for 10+ months so far and NOTHING has cracked so.......

it might not be the "correct/right" way but its held up so far so im pleased and it looks professional

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