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Old 12-14-2006, 11:25 AM   #1
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I need to find an OEM design replacement for the Bonne'* power antenna mast. I actually only need the solid steel rod center shaft of the mast, with the attached plastic over steel wire cable and its 'j' hook metal end that connects it to the motorization. Does anyone know where these are reproduced? It is very simple to fix these power antenna units. Drill out three rivets, take the rest apart, swap the mast, and reassemble. I don't think I should be forced to replace the whole unit for $100 or more, or even $35 for a 'universal', meaning maybe it will fit, unit.

I am currently persuing replacing the plastic cable with a steel one.
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It'* not worth it. Been there, done that. You can buy an antenna that works from the wrecker for less money.

Drill out the rivets in the housing, open it, clean out the gunk, re-grease with white lithium grease, and have years of enjoyment. Try for an antenna from a 99 Bonneville. I've done that to both my Bonnevilles now. Make sure you also lightly lube the mast.

You can get the antenna from the wrecker in 5 minutes of work with a 10mm socket or wrench. Install into your car is less than 5 minutes.

Put the gearbox housing back together with machine screws and nuts after re-greasing.
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I have to agree with you. I bought one from a salvage yard. I got lucky it was $1 day. Unfortunately, the one I bought was just as broken as the one I wanted to replace. I eventually bought some plastic coated twisted wire cable and set about replacing the very weak factory plastic cable. I have some tuning to do, then I can post some pictures of the process.
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