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Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by relic7680 on Mon May 28, 2018 6:39 pm

The antenna wire lead/connector coming out of the windshield in my '76 Sprint is broken, and not able to be spliced......see pics. I have not been able to locate an aftermarket solution for this, or come across a used pigtail to splice on.

Has anyone else here found themselves in this spot? I would like to keep this thing stock.

Or does anyone have a good used pigtail?
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by Joe73 on Mon May 28, 2018 7:30 pm

In the second row of pics on the bottom looks like what you need. Probably will have to solder it. http://www.pcsridgway.com/products/wire-lead-assemblies/

Since its already broken off, I'd cut off some of the boot to expose the wires and try soldering them up. Then some liquid electrical tape and heat shrink tubing to finish it up.

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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by thatfnthing on Tue May 29, 2018 10:51 am

IIRC the female connection on the cowl should be a standard RCA jack. So if you can't locate an exact connector, any male RCA plug should work. You just have to sufficiently waterproof it.
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by aretubj on Tue May 29, 2018 5:39 pm

I'll look, but I should have one.
Just give me some time
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Post by relic7680 on Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:11 am

aretubj wrote:I'll look, but I should have one.
Just give me some time
Joe

Any word on this?
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by thatfnthing on Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:26 am

What about this?

https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Switchcraft/3502RABAU?qs=sGAEpiMZZMv0W4pxf2HiV%252bUVOYJL7OFxC09XN8jV0H8%3d

And then wrap it with some silicone tape to waterproof it. Not OEM, but should work.
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by aretubj on Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:58 pm

dumb as me, i was thinking the other side.
I think your splicing it..

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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by g3chevy on Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:46 am

I would try repairing it. Get a pick and some WD-40 and spray both ends of the plug. Then work the pick around the broken wire inside the plug. Also work around the plug side to get the lubricant all the way through the plug. Then gently either push or pull the broken connection out of the rubber housing. Then work the other end of the broken wire from the windshield through the rubber housing of the plug. Pull it through enough to strip the end of the wire and solder it to the connector. Then lube it up again and pull it back down carefully until its in place properly in the rubber housing. That should get you back to operating condition.
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:30 pm

How exactly is the end attached to the windshield antenna?  And, how difficult is it to remove?  This thread got me to looking at the one on my Laguna and it's just a bare wire without the protective casing encapsulating it (Looks like it's designed with EMI/RFI protection in mind?).  I was hesitant to pull on the end to disconnect from the windshield antenna for fear of breaking it off.
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by g3chevy on Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:45 pm

These windshield connector wires should all have the protective casing around them. But over the years they deteriorate and leave a bare wire. I usually use liquid tape to remedy this. The end of the wire is soldered directly to the windshield where the antenna "foil" runs down the middle.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:20 pm

Interesting...I would never have guessed replacement windshields would come with the pigtail connector. Good thing I didn't try to remove it.
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by g3chevy on Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:07 pm

Yes, the last 2 new windshields I had installed already had the pigtail on them. That's of course only if you order a windshield with the built in antenna.
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by thatfnthing on Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:59 am

My replacement windshield came with it too.
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by relic7680 on Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:50 pm

I love going down these rabbit holes to get original systems back online....
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by pila on Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:41 pm

I have one of those lead-ins. I'll look for it & post if I can find it...

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Post by relic7680 on Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:06 pm

pila wrote:I have one of those lead-ins. I'll look for it & post if I can find it...

That would be awesome, thanks
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Re: Windshield Antenna Lead Splice?

Post by pila on Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:26 am

relic 7680...I have the other half, the part that is in the cowl...sorry. The part you need appears to be the lead from the windshield.(?) With care, it can be spliced back together, and some shrink tubing slid over the coax before it's soldered together. The shrink tubing has to be kept away from the solder joint, so it doesn't shrink before it's slid over the joint etc..

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