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pfg49 Gold Member Peter Gascoigne
Southampton, UK   GBR
I have a hole in my rear wing for an aerial, so I suppose I might as well use it. It's a bit of a steep angle, has anyone got a suggestion on a suitable electric aerial please.


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JMA Silver Member John Anderson
Donvale, Victoria, Australia   AUS
Given the overwhelming response to your thread I can only assume there aren't too many MG's with electric aerials.

Although my car doesn't have an electric aerial the one I have is roughly the same angle as yours and mine is just a normal generic job, sorry for the unfocused photo.

If you're determined to go electric you could try RetroSound but as all their products are Chinese they have their fair share of detractors. Otherwise try to find someone who repairs radios, most of them do more than repair just household radios and record players as I have found. Their world is a rather small one so they know who specialises in what.

Another option is the NEC show next month in Birmingham, I'm aware the Midlands is a bit of a trip from Southampton, but a lot of the large shows usually have a side annex with the smaller players who usually supply products and services to the restoration industry. Otherwise Beaulieu Autojumble later this year if you feel like packing a few packed lunches a some hiking boots.

John

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pfg49 Gold Member Peter Gascoigne
Southampton, UK   GBR
Thanks John. The NEC is 141 miles from my house, in Oz that's how far you have to go to see your next door neighbour isn't it?cool smiley


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JMA Silver Member John Anderson
Donvale, Victoria, Australia   AUS
In reply to # 3895413 by pfg49 Thanks John. The NEC is 141 miles from my house, in Oz that's how far you have to go to see your next door neighbour isn't it?cool smiley

Not quite. I live in the north east suburb of Melbourne which has an area larger than London with a much smaller population according to this link, we exceeded 5 mil last year. Our public transport is almost non existent so the roads are packed, with "peak hour" lasting most of the day.

https://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2010/03/26/how-big-is-melbourne/



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PFT-000 Bruce Ibbotson
Brisbane, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
Peter,

I have always had an electric aerial in my C-GT, the first one was a National [now called Panasonic] and after decades of use it finally failed as the antenna rods started to break up. I found an automatic power antenna [country of manufacture not specified on pack] so bought 2 of them. I got these from a Car Radio/Stereo shop. The name horrified me ACE AUTO ANTENNA-200, it is made for the US market as they use USA names i.e. fender. This worked well but on the repaint I fitted the spare as the other had over 10 years use.

The under fender length is 13". extended length is 3'9". Cable 55". See attached photo as fitted inside left wing. The top mounting is similar to the National and the hole looks the same diameter as in your car.

There should be plenty of suppliers in the UK for a similar power antenna. I adopted the power antenna after breaking manual antennas on overhanging tree branches, I can close the antenna with a toggle switch, stops the little bastards that like to break off antennas.

The cost down here in 2007 was AUD 59-00.

Bruce.

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PFT-000 Bruce Ibbotson
Brisbane, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
Peter,

Here is the antenna as mounted, I don't have a photo of the hole but I think all antennas either manual or electric have a similar sized hole.
The 1967 National and the 2007 ACE mounting holes are the same diameter. I bought the National (self tuning am unit and power antenna) before leaving Hong Kong for the to be delivered in Australia in late1968 C-GT.

Bruce.


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windjammerusn40 Gold Member Bill McCord
East Peoria, Illinois, USA   USA
Peter,
The antenna on my 1968 MGCGT is on the right front fender. The antenna on my 1974 MGB GT was on the front left fender and I could reach it while driving if I had forgotten to extend it prior to launch. The antenna on my BGT could have been mounted at any angle on a fender. There was a diagonal cut between the two pieces that made up the black piece and you could rotate them such that the antenna could be pointed at 'just about' any angle. I was intrigued to see antenna mounted just above the center of the windscreen in the UK.

Finding an old school version of these antenna might be the difficult part. Most I've seen in the USA are short whips with a wire wound around it and then plastic dipped junk.

Good Luck Sir

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Bob in Vancouver Bob Elwin
Vancouver BC, Canada   CAN
1968 MG MGC
1969 MG MGC GT
How about an electric aerial set up from an MX 5? Should be easy to find from a wrecker. Cheers, Bob

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