Welcome to the Shortened Antenna Page
At the Modular Shootout July 2000 my friend JC
showed up with his Cobra and a "Shortened" Antenna on it. It looked really cool
so Tom Crews and I asked him to do ours. He said "Sure" and a few minutes later
they were all done.
The funny part was, that he had NO tools to help. No vise-grips, no
Cutting tools but never-the-less JC prevailed to succeed at the job
He used the assistance of the Crystal INN bedroom door to pull off the ball on
top, and used his weight and the curb to snap the antenna at the perfect
location. I don't think anyone else could facilitate this modification so
eloquently as JC.
The "NORMAL" method would be ....... Unscrew the antenna by first loosening up
the nut at the base.
The Ball on the top is only held on by friction and will pull off with
negotiation - Use vise grips. Clamp them down loosely around the antenna just
before the ball. Then slide the vise grips back and bang the ball. It will come
off, perhaps with a couple whacks (Just make sure you don't lose the ball
because it IS small).
Decide how high you want the antenna to be - we all decided to line it up just
under flush with the roof (instead of 12" higher).
Use a hack saw to cut it at the selected height.
Use a file to remove any burrs and to slightly taper this new tip so it will fit
back inside the ball. Don't taper it TOO much - just enough to get the ball back
over. Use red "lock-tight".
Press the ball back down and tap it with something until it is firm.
If you scratched the ball during any of the process, dip it into a can of paint
or use touch-up paint to fix it!
Screw the antenna back into place and tighten the bolt back down!
None of us have noticed ANY difference in the performance of the
antenna as far as reception goes!
Here is a pic on my new Car>>>>