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i did a search and i didn't find anything. ok you know those old antennas that you have to pull out with your hand on the top of the driver's side? I want that crap off NOW!! (well, as soon as i get my new sound..). I wanted to get one of those remote antennas, you know the retractable ones that only come on when the radio is turned on? LIke on a mazda 929. Is that possible to do? If so, how do i do it? I need to know how to take off the old one, put in a new one, and if possible, where to get a new one at... ANY HELP APPRECIATED!
 

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for removing the old one, I'd think just pull it out.. now I could be wrong. What you'd have to do after that is make sure that the hole is sealed properly, and then bondo it. I think for a motorized one, you'd have to customize that.... You could probably find an automatic one and the motor for it at a junkers, and I'd recommend moutning a new one near your trunk, as the original position would be fairly difficult. You would also have to make a manual switch in the car for it.... I guess you could use a ground wire from your deck to start the motor when your car turns on, but I'm not sure how you could get the motor to start, or how to get it to retract.... personally I'd just put a little toggle type switch in the dash somewhere with up and down for it.
 

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You can easily remove the antenna by udoing the 2 screws on the base and pulling it out. There is a connection at the radio, but I don't know if there is another one. In case there is just the one, undo it first so you can draw the whole cable out. If there is another somewhere along the cable, maybe just puling will undo it. Maybe there is one at the bottom of the antenna, I never looked.
Then get a blanking cover for the hole. It is found on Escorts with no radio, so you could check the boneyard or the dealer. How much could it cost?
Then get a power antenna from walmart or something. It is controlled by the power antenna lead on the head unit. If you are about to buy a head unit, then get one that has a power antenna lead. Most do these days.
The antenna needs a constant 12V and the control lead. It's cool because the antenna goes down when you switch to CD.
For mounting, they come with a variety of bases to accomodate most deck profiles and angles, but you still need to be somewhat horizontal, unless you're prepared to do major bodywork for a nice recessed hole in the side of the body, so pick the top side of a front or rear fender. Rear seems better here.
You also need room underneath for the guts of the antenna, so some trimming and re fabbing of the interior panel might be needed.
 

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I personally like my manual one.... although I never use it anymore. Before I got my deck all I had to do was reach out the window and pull it up, and the opposite to put it back in. It's got a nice clean look to it in my opinion.
 
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