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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:51 am    Post subject: Re: Bending a Safari Antenna...No Problem! Reply with quote

Nice Tutorial.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Bending a Safari Antenna...No Problem! Reply with quote

I made this. But have not bent it yet as I am undecided which side to use it on-
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: Bending a Safari Antenna...No Problem! Reply with quote

https://www.wolfgangint.com/store/search/?query=Safari+antenna&-nothing=
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:54 am    Post subject: Re: Bending a Safari Antenna...No Problem! Reply with quote

http://www.werk34.de/product_info.php/info/p18138_Antenna-fit-for-Bus-T1-with-Safari-Window.html
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject: Buying one already done Reply with quote

I am new here, however I just had Safari windows installed on my 66 Bus.
I have been told there is a guy in Ca. that makes them and sells them.

714-516-9756 is their number
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very informative thread!! Applause
Thank you very much for the step-by-step description, that is inspiring.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a standard antenna on my former 67 Deluxe with Safari windows. I put fuel line over the section I wanted to bend, and then use a pipe bender. It worked perfectly and I did not have to do such extreme bends.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UPDATE: Could not update my original post, so:

I was helping a friend with his antenna and realized that his antenna hole was further away from the drip rail than both my buses. If you are following the instructions I posted earlier, it will become evident after you make the first bend if my measurements will work or not. Just take your time, and make adjustments as you go and things should go just fine.

Also, the first bend at 2 1/2" can be shortened to 2" for a little better clearance, although 2 1/2" will clear.

I found a much faster way to sand down the aluminum rod. Use a DA sander with 80 grit sandpaper for a few seconds on 4 "edges" of the rod, then a few seconds more on the edges created to round it back out and that will be sufficient. No need to take off a lot of material. It goes by really fast. Now the thing that takes the longest is carefully cutting the black plastic base piece. Need to figure out a way to speed that up too.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@fusium - pm sent
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely! I have had both a Hirschmann and a Bosch. I think the rare ones are for the PS. Haven't seen one of those yet.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was there ever such a thing from the factory, or at least from the dealer?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well i tryed and snaped mine in half would love to just buy one already done i know this is a old thread but if anybody is selling let me know
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bravo!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

right on, thanks for the updated pictured tutorial.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally had a need to make a safari antenna, and I got some great information off this thread. However, I saw that Scott didn't get around to posting instructions working with the newer stainless steel antennas, so I thought I'd update this with a tutorial. My antenna came from Wolfsburg West, who I believe manufactures their own antenna, so the information should be accurate as long as you get the antenna from them.

Here is what you are starting with. A stainless steel antenna with a chromed plastic base, nuts, washers and a seal.
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Take off the nuts, washers and seal.
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Remove the large thin nut.
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Unscrew the large post by double nutting the threads.
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Slide out the antenna from the base.
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Using a utility knife, cut the plastic sleeve as pictured and remove.
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EXTEND THE ANTENNA, then cut the bottom portion of the antenna as shown. I just guessed how much to cut. Luckily, I cleared the brass plug. Also, if you don't extend the antenna, you might hit the lower portion of the middle section making the antenna not stay extended.
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Using the side of a Dremel cut off wheel, very carefully cut through the antenna left over on the brass plug. Try not to grind the brass plug itself.
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Using pliers, pull off the cut piece of antenna and discard.
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Mark where the end of the brass plug will be on the antenna as well as where the grooves of the plug are.
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Buy some 1/4" aluminum rod and cut off about 9". This is per Scott's original tutorial. You might be able to get away with less, but I didn't want to take a chance.
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Chuck up your 9" piece of aluminum rod into your drill press and sand away. I used 80 grit sandpaper and it took a loooong time. If you have a metal lathe, use that. If you have neither, sand it by hand. You'll eventually get there. You will also need to debur the antenna where you cut with the tubing cutter. Otherwise, it will give you a false impression of how much you need to shave away on the rod.
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Insert the aluminum rod in the base of your antenna. Put the brass plug in to keep the aluminum rod from sliding out. Don't worry about the orientation of the threaded hole on the brass plug at this time. I measured about 2 1/2 " up from the antenna base and started my first bend there. I bent the antenna at a 45 degree angle.
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I measured up 2" and made the next bend the opposite direction at 45 degrees. You can see the slight crimping at the bends. These are unavoidable, but do not look that bad at all. Without the aluminum rod inside, the antenna would kink.
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Now that the bending is done, make sure the threaded hole in the brass plug is facing as shown in the picture then peen it on the marks made earlier on the antenna that coincide with the grooves. This will keep the plug from spinning or popping out.
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Cut out the grooves on the inside of the plastic sleeve with a 17/64" drill bit. You can do this by hand or with a drill. You could skip this step if you peened the antenna evenly all the way around.
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Assembly is the reverse of the steps shown in the beginning and you are done!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful job! I like to see thigs done well . . . and with innovation.!!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

inserting a long narrow spring would work as well, to keep the antenna from collapsing at the bend
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldestbusdude,

Yes, when you destroy or have to destroy the terminal, just take a piece of 10 gauge copper wire, file the ends a little and tap the wire into the hole.
I have that fix on my current antenna and it works great.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2003 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott,

Thanks for the info. I have destroyed a couple of antennas in my day trying to put the bends in them.

I just need a little clarification. I took my antenna apart but the terminal rod wouldn't twist out like you said. I had to drill it out and now I don't have one to put back in the new aluminum rod.

Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, wasn't sure the sand would have cut it for the super thin antenna metal. Looks great!
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