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  1. #121
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    To mount an antenna here takes someone who is very brave, or very stupid. This is what I get for my lack of planning. Granted, I love the location. The fit is in perfection (3mm gap from mount to taillight). To get it done? A nightmare.

    Ok, I’m being a little melodramatic. But it is very difficult to do. First, the top bolt must be shortened so that is just a bit shorter than the bottom bolt. Next, the plastic liner for the bolt cannot be used. Yeah, the one that keeps the metal that carriers the transmission from touching any other metal? Can’t use it. It’s to thick. You will need to make one that is much much thinner. I used a drinking straw from a sports bottle and electrical tape. You will also need skinny fingers. Seriously. The nut for the top bolt is almost to thick to fit.

    After 6 hours of fighting (yes, Vixen demanded blood), and working though each of the challenges as they presented themselves, it is done, and it is nearly perfect.

    I get a lot of antenna wobble from the spring so I may take that off. And while the radio is wired up, and the antenna is tuned, I still need to actually mount the radio. Just two more screws, but I still need to do it.
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    VX Status: Running Great! Build is coming along nicely...

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    That's a pretty good spot. I gotta admit I didn't think people even used CBs any more. I guess it's still about the only method to OPENLY communicate on the open road though.

    Plus, I worked with a guy that's president of the shortwave radio club in Lawrence KS. So I SHOULD know people are still using "over-the-air" communications.

    2001 Ebony VX and 1989 Custom 383 Corvette

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    Hahaha now that’s funny

    Seriously though, I use it when traveling long distance and most jeeps on the trail have at least 2 in any group you find. I haven’t decided on handheld or vehicle mount for the GMRS/FRS setup yet.

  4. #124
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelgord View Post
    Hahaha now that’s funny

    Seriously though, I use it when traveling long distance and most jeeps on the trail have at least 2 in any group you find. I haven’t decided on handheld or vehicle mount for the GMRS/FRS setup yet.
    Good idea.... Come back Rock-Reticulator...got your back...Wait! Whaaaaa Look out for the GIANT BOULDER!!!!

    Or....

    HEY! Little Big Rocker.... Am I the only one that left my beer cooler back in the hotel room?

  5. #125
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    That’s a big ten four ... although I did find a free cooler back there!

  6. #126
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    Ok, I have to cut myself off from buying stuff for a while. I still have to finish the driver window (realign the track). Replace the passenger window motor. Install my Curt Hitch. Install trailer wiring. Finish the mounting of my CB. And now? Now I made the mistake of going to Harbor Freight. I got the BadLands 12,000 pound winch for $200 on a close out sale. I also picked up the mount plate so I can use it to build my winch mount/crash bumper.

    No more buying stuff until I get all of this installed! LOL!

    [edit]
    Almost forgot about the external tire carrier that I got to put on the rear door. Still need proper hardware and another 16” rim.
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    Spent yesterday doing a lot of the non-exciting stuff, cleaning up more of the electrical work. I have found more than few wires that run to ground (a simple screw through the floor) than I don't know what to do with. Well, I do, I remove them. I should have said I have no idea what the intent of the wire was. I remove the screws, patch the wholes ot prevent rust, toss the wire out. They are not connected to anything, they are just there.

    I also just discovered that the cruise control doesn’t work. So that will need to be diagnosed as well.

    And finally I think I may have a broken top radiator mount/clip/whatever thing. So there is that.

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    hope you treated the area around where you drilled for the antenna, so that it won't rust with rain.

  9. #129
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    Of course

  10. #130
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    Looks real good. Great spot for the CB antenna.

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