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Rusty Heaps

Antenna removal for '52

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I need advice on removing a complete antenna assembly on a 1952 Special. The one on the project I have is gone and I have found a couple of decent ones for a driver in a junkyard and would hate to destroy one out of ignorance. Also are there significant differences from 1950 to 1953? I ask because of the years available in said junkyard.

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If it's like my '51 Super, first remove the tiny set screw on the knob and pull it off. Then to come off is is a brass slotted retaining ring that needed a special GM tool to unscrew. I made one out of this red jack handle by simply grinding off material so that it left 2 protrusions that fit into this brass thing. Then just unscrew it and the whole assemble should wiggle free.

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Thanks for the jack handle idea! What type of set screw? Phillips, slot, or allen head? I ask because as some of you may know, it can be cumbersome to tote too many tools with you in a junkyard, so I am trying to keep it to a necessary minimum that will still get the task at hand accomplished. Many tasks for many parts. Wish me happy hunting!

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The knob's set screw on mine is slotted and is tiny, easy to overlook unless you have good lighting.

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I would also suggest bringing something like "P B Blaster" with you, spraying it liberally before trying to turn out the screw.

It has always seemed to work well for me. :)

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Antenna mast reproduction parts can be purchased from CARS, Inc.(www.oldbuickparts.com) phone 908.369.3666.  Call to see if they still carry the antenna removal tool also.

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There may be what is called a fhanstock clip under the nut.   This is the clip that the wire going down to the radio clips to.  Also, convertibles and a couple of other models use a Knuckle that has a slightly different angle to it (the chrome part the ant mast fastens to)  That knuckle is not being reproduced.  Cars buys their ant parts from Bobs fyi 

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Update. I was able to remove the nut on the antenna with a pair of lock ring pliers with the angled tips. Thanks for the info on the base knuckle differences, I'll have to do a test fit. The car I'm installing it on is a '52 Special coupe, the car it came off of is a '52 Special 2dr sedan..

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