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Coochas

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Antenna doesn't go down all the way?
« on: February 01, 2015, 20:28:53 »
Hi,
As long as I can remember, the antenna on my 1971 280SL stays 'up' about 12 inches when fully depressed.  Is this normal or should the antenna go all the way down?
It's been like this forever and I am hesitant to use any force especially if it is normal!
TIA
1971 280SL Signal Red
Dave B.
Sudbury, MA USA

Jonny B

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Re: Antenna doesn't go down all the way?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2015, 21:16:31 »
Auto or manual? But either way the standard Hirschman antenna should go all the way down. That is what the little key is there to help with - get it back out!
Jonny B
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Re: Antenna doesn't go down all the way?
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2015, 21:20:06 »
I'm assuming it's a manual antenna!
I'll try some love taps and penetrant to see if it will go down further.

Thanks.
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Dave B.
Sudbury, MA USA

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Re: Antenna doesn't go down all the way?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2015, 14:01:20 »
Dave,

Do you have a key for your antenna?

http://www.sl113.org/forums/index.php?topic=21439.0

This might help.

Kevin

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Re: Antenna doesn't go down all the way?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2015, 15:09:32 »
Dave,

Do you have a key for your antenna?

http://www.sl113.org/forums/index.php?topic=21439.0

This might help.

Kevin

How would a key help it go down?
Enjoy some pictures at this link:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8292359@N06/sets/72157603240571101/show/

John - Wisconsin
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1961 190 SL 23K miles
1964 Porsche 356
1970 Porsche 911E
1991 BMW 318is
1966 Jaguar XKE
1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750

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Re: Antenna doesn't go down all the way?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2015, 20:40:03 »
I was thinking that if the key was meant to lock the aerial in place, than possibly it could help "unlock" it.  Worth a try, right?

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Re: Antenna doesn't go down all the way?
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2015, 21:03:10 »
If the antenna does not go all inside, it may mean that either the telescopic tubes are damaged or the angle of the installation changed and the bottom of the antenna hits some obstacle. The space is quite scarce especially if it is an automatic antenna.
Stan
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