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Hey all,

I bought a repro power antenna from WCCC to replace the stock antenna in the car. I'm having a heck of a time figuring out how to get this to mount. The stock hole in the fender is too big and has a cutout in the hole. There is a keyed piece of hardware that goes on the antenna base on the inside of the fender. It's used to hold the antenna tight when you tighten the nut on top of the base.

Anyway, none of the hardware in the repro antenna is big enough in diameter to cover this hole. So, I thought I could use the old antenna base along with the repro hardware. But, the old base is so thick that by the time I get all the repro hardware in place, there's no room to tighten the nut.

I'm pretty mechanically inclined and I like challenges. But, this is a puzzler!

Anyone have any ideas? Has anyone used this antenna to replace their stock one?

Moving the antenna somewhere else is not an option.

Thanks,

Greg Wilkerson
 

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So, I thought I could use the old antenna base along with the repro hardware.
That's what I did...but I don't think we have the same antenna...

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line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> I purchased an aftermarket electric antenna from Johns Mustang which ended up being a universal Napa part. I used various parts from both the OEM and Napa antenna as shown below.




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That looks really good. Yes, yours is different. The top nut isn't big enough in diameter to tighten up against the base. The antenna came with some hardware that has to be placed between the antenna base and the tightening nut. That's my problem. I need to noodle on this some more.

P.S. Nice photos; Nice car.
 

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Go to a car stereo shop that's benn in business for a long time. They should have plenty of spare hardware to help you mount your antenna. New cars have the antenna in the rear glass. I owned a car stereo shop in the 80s and we had tons of mounting hardware. The mounting surface on your Cougar is almost flat and should be easy to adapt.
 

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I installed a power antenna in my 68 Cougar 26 years ago. I remember having to make a strap to secure the bottom of the antenna, but don't remember the fender hole being an issue. I have no idea what brand mine is or where I bought it. Good luck...
 
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