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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:15 am    Post subject: where the hell do i put this antenna ? Reply with quote

can you guys posts some pics of your antenna placement with safaris
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

count me in on those pics too!! is there a stubby antenna you can fit instead?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do a search on them. I recall at least one thread where someone used a tubing bender to reshape a straight antenna so as to "clear" the safaris! Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bus in my avatar has an antenna with safaris.

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I've got to do something about that frame...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No safari's, but my antenna would work good with them.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been doin some searching and the centre mount seems the fav choice, not wanting to go that way myself. Tubing bend sounds good - but is pretty much a perminent mod, got me to thinking, it must be possible to put a telescopic antenna between the two clamps and extend as required if you didnt wanna go drillin and fillin! Think
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ran a 10' one under my singlecab. Mounted it up against the frame and snaked it down the entire length of the truck. Worked fantastic and nobody was the wiser.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get antennas that fit under the dash inside, there short and small. My brother has one in his Beetle, and he says the reception is as good as the exterior ones.

I'll give him a call and find out were he got it.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got no pix since it was on my previous and now defunct bus but I installed a small retractable one on the driver's side windsheild pilar. This required drilling holes and running the cable through the pilar was no picnic. However, though not a stock option at all, most people didn't even notice it until I pointed it out! Razz

If your bus already has the factory holes on the passenger side for an antenna, the tube bender is the way to go. Simply putting a couple of bends on it will clear the safaris and will not require any other drilling on the skin! Cool

Have you tried searching the classifieds? I believe the person that did this was selling them also, though this was more than a year ago!?! Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Topic of interest

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=55910

Must read webpage by person of interest (Scott Moore)

Go all the way to the bottom of this page for the latest addition
http://www.scottmooreart.com/gallery/safari_antenna.htm

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^Exactly!^^ Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here is where I placed my antenna. It clears my Safaris, by about a quarter of an inch.

Be VERY careful if you decide to go this route, the pillar is right behind the skin in this location and fitting the antenna in the small space inside is very difficult. It also intails some creative modification to the threaded part of the antenna mount (the part that fits through the skin and the keeper nut screws onto).

The area to work in is VERY tight, and I would not do it again this way next time. (even though I'm very happy with the look).

Next time I'm going center mounted in the VW emblem, that looks cool to me.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LHG wrote:
Topic of interest

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=55910

Must read webpage by person of interest (Scott Moore)

Go all the way to the bottom of this page for the latest addition
http://www.scottmooreart.com/gallery/safari_antenna.htm



Thats the ticket, keeping the original telescopic aswell - nice!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Autoloc offers a hidden antenna, I've got one in my ghia and it works well.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hirschmann safari antenna, note NO safaris!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hirschmann antenna (to my knowledge) was the only antenna made with a solid section near the base that could be bent easily. Unfortunately, the length of the section at the base was short and made to put just one bend in it. That means that you could only install it on a bus that didn't have any previous holes drilled in it (as in the standard holes drilled vertically for 'standard' single post antenna). Holes for the Hirschmann had (or have if you are lucky enough to find one) to be drilled in an angle on the front of the bus.

My antenna 'bending' webpage was written when back when the antenna manufacturers were making antennas the old fashioned way. The bases were actual 'chromed metal' (I even miss good old 'pot metal' nowadays) and the masts were made from brass that was chrome plated. It's the brass in the mast that made them possible to put smooth bends in them. In an effort to make a tarnish proof antenna, the manufacturers now make the bases out of 'chromed plastic' and the masts out of stainless steel. The ultra hard stainless steel mast is impossible to bend without crimping and the plastic base adds a myriad of problems when trying to take it apart to make any alterations.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yo, VintageVulture, my wife's non safari '67 Westy has that same antenna with the red tip. I doesn't look like it was bent. It looks made that way. Why would some dealer bend it then put it on a non safari? I think there were OG safari ones, also.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to be different I put my Bosch antenna on the roof.....

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right in the middle... where it belongs Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Also serves as an anti-theft device.
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