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I have a electric radio antenna from a 1987 buick regal the nylon string with a metal cable inside used to extend and retract the mast is broke into if i could a new piece i could fix it. walt

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  • waltace1952 Jul 19, 2008

    I don't need a mast i need the cable that pushes the mast up and pulls it down it looks like nylon from a weed trimmer except it has a cable embedded in the center. Thank you. Walt.

  • waltace1952 Jul 19, 2008

    Is there antenna mast makers that i could contract ? Walt.

  • waltace1952 Jul 21, 2008

    there are no teeth on the nylon string it is round and smooth like a weed trimmer has only there is a metal cable in the center of this the design must of changed.walt.

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Yes it is possible to replace just the mast/antenna part. You just need to goto a car audio place and get an replacement mast. The only other problem is if the the other half of the nylon piece is still stuck in the motor.
Take off the antenna nut that holds the antenna to the car and turn on the radio. The antenna should spit it's guts out, then position the new nylon lead in the same orentation that the old one came out, have an assistant turn off the radio and the antenna should get sucked back in. You need to be somewhat quick when doing the replacement part, sometimes you need to try a couple of times to get the antenna all the way in.
If it doesn't go all the way down there may be a piece of the old nylon string still stuck inside the antenna body.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008

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    Jim K Jul 19, 2008

    The replacement antenna mast comes with the nylon cable, you can't just replace the nylon cable part.

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    Jim K Jul 20, 2008

    Your best bet is to goto the local car audio shop with the broken mast. If they have replacements in stock you can match them up. It mostly depends on the spacing of the teeth on the nylon part and the diameter of the mast, and somewhat the length of the whole thing.

    At the very least, if you have the skills, for a few dollars more you can replace the whole power antenna with an new aftermarket one. The additional benefit is that you can get replacement masts from the manufacturer if the antenna gets damaged again.

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