Repeat for the upper strap. The antenna bracket swivel sections never even moved even though they ended up bending the clip part and bending the tarheel. Place the rivets, and then remove the clamps. This worked out well — in just under three weeks in my spare time, I had the job completed. I really needed a car wash then.
If you don't, you may get an unpleasant surprise. My good memories far surpass that one, though. To save time and effort when you paint the fixture, smooth the edges with sandpaper or a file, and sand the surfaces lightly before assembly. You might also consider mounting it to the luggage rack. I have a collection of Hamstick antennas — one each for 75, 40, 20, and 15 meters. Be sure to fit a grommet to protect the antenna cables.
Attach the support pieces to the fixture with wood glue and a wood screw. The constant flexing would eventually take its toll unless I could figure out how to reinforce the skin from the inside. Repeat for the remaining pieces. If you cannot find out our color code matched to your car, please ask us before your order. Clean the finished assembly with soap and water, rinse it thoroughly with plain water, and then leave it in the sun to dry for a couple of hours. The flexible guide pulls out easily on both ends to make installing the cable easier. Paint the fixture with the same latex spray paint as the antenna mount.
Well - one more thing to consider then: Get a good hand wax before winter arrives. I need the antenna mount to screw into the door frame, not the door. Figure 3 — Installed antenna mount Attach the grounding straps to each of the antenna mount locations. Remove the two top spare tire mount bolts. Repeat for the upper strap as shown in Figure 2. Attach the coax connectors and label each to help with maintenance later. This makes routing the cables much easier and prevents damage to the connectors.
Figure 12 — Transceiver installation Attach the microphone to the dash with a stick-on cup hook. Figure 7 — Coax cable routing Drill a 1-inch hole in the side of the plastic cargo pan for the cabling. Align one of the straps with the left edge of the A-311 strap as shown in the Figure 1. Dress the cables so that they lay flat against the vehicle body, and then cover the opening with a small piece of duct tape to keep water out. For best results, be sure to follow the directions on the can for drying times between applications and final drying time. Figure 2 — Antenna mount top view Test fit the antenna mounting hardware.
So far, this has proven adequate, even in the hot weather we have here in Texas. These connectors will be installed later. Install the two 40A fuse-holders on the power cable near the battery, and then connect the power cables to the battery. They can do a lot of damage to the finish. These spacers will tilt the spare out just enough so that the spare tire cover is not pinched between the tire and the antenna mount. I was stationed in North Dakota for three years long ago.
Depending on the antenna base you choose, you may have to enlarge the two holes in the top of the antenna mount. Pepper in my car 2 the one before my 18-year car 3 over night when it was parked outside. Figure 4 — Upper grounding lug One at a time, remove the upper spare tire mount bolts, pass the bolt through one of the lugs on the ground strap, and then re-install the spare tire mount bolts. My neighbor made me smile when she said that. I planned an installation that required as few permanent modifications to the vehicle as possible, with no holes to drill in the vehicle body. When all wiring has been routed to the front passenger seat, re-install the interior trim components and the lower glove box. Align the protruding screws with the pilot holes, and then clamp the two pieces together before driving the screws home.
I had forgotten about the gaskets. To avoid damage to the finish, place it in a safe place. If you have access to a band saw and a drill press, even better. These are available in several sizes at very reasonable cost from Harbor Freight www. If you absolutely refuse to do that, just be sure to keep checking that co-ax. Break the sharp edges with a file or countersink. When the assembly is dry and cool enough to paint, apply two or more even coats of paint.
This is especially true with non-conductive roof racks or when the roof rack is attached to the body with insulating fasteners. Pre-purchase inspections in the dealership confirmed the practicality of building a mounting bracket that would also enable me to keep the spare tire cover in place. Figure 9 is the finished mounting fixture before painting. If possible, crimp connectors are best, but solder-on types work well also. The interior was a dark burgundy, too, and it held up as well. Countersink each hole for the flat-head wood screws.
You do not need to remove the lower bolts or the spare tire mount. Place the rivets and then remove the clamp. This was the option I chose. Route the cable under the console. At Andy's Auto Sport, we have a huge variety of Toyota Rav 4 antennas to ensure that you have every antenna option available to you. I wasn't planning to use the vehicle for towing, so a trailer hitch just to mount an antenna seemed a bit excessive. Good grounds, adequate wire size with adequate fuses for protection of the wiring, vehicle, and radio are a necessity for a safe mobile installation.