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Radio Antenna differences

Postby YVRHotRodLincoln » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:50 pm

Does anybody know if the radio antennas for 1986 had 3-wire or 2-wire connectors? I understood that the 90-92 antennas were different from all years prior to those but I'm not sure in what way. I think it was that they raised and lowered automatically on startup and shutdown as opposed to pre-90 where you had to operate the dash switch to raise/lower it. If that's the case then likely the pre-90's are the 3-wire and the post-90's 2-wire...sound right?
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Re: Radio Antenna differences

Postby CDW6212R » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:30 pm

The 90-92's have a special module behind the dash trim, right behind where the older cars have the switch. I think the antennas should be the same for all, just the switch or module controls being different.
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Re: Radio Antenna differences

Postby WHITEOXLSC » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:12 pm

CDW6212R wrote:The 90-92's have a special module behind the dash trim, right behind where the older cars have the switch. I think the antennas should be the same for all, just the switch or module controls being different.


91-92 Both my 90's have the switch, but I'm sure some late 90 production cars had the module rather than the switch..... :roll:
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Re: Radio Antenna differences

Postby CDW6212R » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:58 pm

Yeah, it was a mid year 1990 change, I think either my or my friend's 90 had no switch in it.
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Re: Radio Antenna differences

Postby YVRHotRodLincoln » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:04 pm

...thanks guys..so is the 3-wire the one with the switch and the 2-wire the later (mid-90-92) w/o the switch? Sounds logical. Just getting one from Tom Curry and we're trying to figure out which is the correct one for my '86....think it's the 3-wire..

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Re: Radio Antenna differences

Postby YVRHotRodLincoln » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:11 pm

...sorry Don, re-read your post and I think you're saying that the 3-wire is the early switched one, correct? Sounds logical...and I finally refinished my set of Tom Curry 91 SE wheels...did gold centers to go with my Dark Sandalwood Met. color. Haven't seen any other than mine with gold centers..
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Re: Radio Antenna differences

Postby CDW6212R » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:59 pm

Very nice SE wheels, I like gold too. I still have one good SE wheel, a lightly used one from about 2000, from eBay. I should clear out some stuff.

I'm not sure what antenna differences there are, let's have John Dancy come enlighten us. Night,
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Re: Radio Antenna differences

Postby oldschool1 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:28 pm

GRRRR.
My 1986 is off site in the garage so no definitive pictures tonight. Maybe I could shoot the 1985.

1984s came with automatic antennae. I can shoot THAT wiring tonight.
Some 1991s and at least the 1992 LSC came with the same automatic antennae that the 1984 had.
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Re: Radio Antenna differences

Postby YVRHotRodLincoln » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:44 am

...thanks guys...appreciate the help. Tom and I think my '86 is a 3-wire unit as it's a switch-operated. Any thoughts to the contrary would be appreciated...
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