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Old 11-08-2015, 02:17 PM   #1
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65 Mustang Antenna location

Finally my garage houses a 65 Mustang. While it is mostly original, I find it odd that the antenna is mounted on the right quarter panel (rear). The previous owner claims that the antenna was at the rear when he got it in 66 and that the radio is stock. My question to you honorable ladies and gentlemen is if Mustangs built for Canada had a different lodation for the antenna (it is a 81 code - Ford of Canada). Your input is much appreciated. ThanksClick image for larger version

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Old 11-08-2015, 11:50 PM   #2
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65 Mustang Antenna location

I know fiberglass can interfere with radio signals, dont know about any special Canadian location though.

I guess another way you could tell is on the passenger side kick panel area, if there is a whole/grommet leading to the inner fender area I'd assume that it was suppose to be in the fender.

Another note is that I've never seen a "Canadian" wiring diagram that shows an antenna in the trunk area
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Congrats on the car!

I know people have moved antennas to the rear...and isn't that where Shelby put his? When I stripped my 67, someone put the antenna on the quarter, and I can see where they patched it. I'd be curious if your front fender has a patched up hole (if it's the original fender).
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It's also possible that it was originally ordered without a radio and the dealer added it. In that case, they could mount the antenna where they wanted to.

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More than you asked for, but check this out:
http://www.mustangandfords.com/how-t...tenna-dilemma/

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More than you asked for, but check this out:
http://www.mustangandfords.com/how-t...tenna-dilemma/

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Nice. I didn't know that.
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Hello Gentlemen, thanks very much for your input. Good point on the wiring diagram. On the fender I was so far unable to determine if there was a hole previously. Above all, very good catch on the article which explains it all.


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So, did the Mustangs which didn't have radios have a cover for the antenna hole? I'm assuming the dealers didn't cut the holes themselves, right?
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So, did the Mustangs which didn't have radios have a cover for the antenna hole? I'm assuming the dealers didn't cut the holes themselves, right?

I believe that actually had to drill the hole as well.


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Hi dave, how did they drill it? A series of small holes or a single big one? Mine had many small holes and then punched the middle through.


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I believe that actually had to drill the hole as well.


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How they drilled it probably depended on who did it and whatever tools they had or preferred method. I could see the small hole method as being the safest on a contoured car surface. A hole saw can sometimes walk on you and possibly scar paint.


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How they drilled it probably depended on who did it and whatever tools they had or preferred method. I could see the small hole method as being the safest on a contoured car surface. A hole saw can sometimes walk on you and possibly scar paint.


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Maybe a step bit? That's how I'd approach it since there should be plenty of space behind it.
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I doubt they had step bits back in 1965


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I doubt they had step bits back in 1965


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Good call, patented in 1973 according to Wikipedia.
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Good call, patented in 1973 according to Wikipedia.

That sounds right the first time I saw one was in the 80's at a steel fab shop


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Some 46 years ago I had an early build 65 Convertible with power top and it had the antenna in almost the exact spot as this one. When I put a power antenna in the stock ones place it looked as if they had used a knockout punch to make the whole and a file for the tang.....
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Some 46 years ago I had an early build 65 Convertible with power top and it had the antenna in almost the exact spot as this one. When I put a power antenna in the stock ones place it looked as if they had used a knockout punch to make the whole and a file for the tang.....

They probably did use a knockout punch on yours. I'm thinking it depended on the dealer.


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