OEM Mopar manually retractable antenna on eBay

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OEM Mopar manually retractable antenna on eBay

Post by moe8555 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:38 am

Hi folks,
There's a seller in Germany that is selling new OEM Mopar manually retractable antennas. Part number 4793962AC (Chrysler export only).

I ordered one yesterday to replace my broken mast. He's selling for only 15 Euros! (They wanted $95 at Chrysler Israel).

It says shipping to Germany only, but I contacted him and he agreed to ship here for an additional 9 Euros.

Here's the link for whoever wants in: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 1421121176

there's a pic in the listing.

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Post by r/tguy02 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:48 am

neat item,
does anybody know if they ever made a power one for a neon?
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:25 am

r/tguy02 wrote:does anybody know if they ever made a power one for a neon?
Not to my knowledge.
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Post by occasional demons » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:45 am

Might be cheaper to get it from a local US dealer, if they are available...


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Make: Chrysler | Part#: 4793962AC
List Price: $25.15
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Post by moe8555 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:51 am

Bill,
I did some checking around before buying from the German.

Nobody seemed to actually have it in stock in the US despite it appearing for sale on parts sites.

This is a reply I got from allmoparparts.com:
Hello,
We regret to inform you that the parts you requested are export parts and
are not available to us. The part you are looking for is of the export
market. To obtain this item you will have to refer to an export
dealership. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thanks for your inquiry, Mike D.
WE DO NOT SELL THIS PART.
PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS E-MAIL.
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Post by occasional demons » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:57 am

Yeah, I figured it was probably the case, thus the bold type "if".

Seems they list a lot of stuff that is no longer available lately. Or price it at a redikerous price so you won't even consider purchasing it.

Like the correct o-ring for the pre 2003 water pump inlet tubes. The o-ring cost as much (or more) as buying the updated tube. Imagine that.
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Post by moe8555 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:15 pm

So which one of you bought it???

Until I posted about it here, there were no watchers and nobody had looked at the listing.

A short time after posting, there were 3 watchers. And now it's sold...
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Post by r/tguy02 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:08 pm

Wasn't me, peace
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Post by occasional demons » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:23 pm

Me either. The 1gn is shaved, and the 2gn will be using the onE it has till it's final days.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:41 am

It was me. Thanks moe8555 for posting about it- I wouldn't have known about it otherwise. :thumbup:

The seller has another one for sale.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 1064932535
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Post by Jenni » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:09 am

That is just the antenna and not the mechanical part that sits in the fender. That is just to replace a broken antenna.
I am pretty sure you will need more to make it work!!!
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Antennensockel-A ... 4617d6f4de

No one in the german board tried to install a motor antenna.

And i will never understand why your stupid dealership does not sell export parts to you. that is just ridiculous!

Ask Gnuserup, he parted many Neons and i guess he has some antennas flying around.

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Post by moe8555 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:29 am

Wow good call!

I hadn't even thought of that because this kind of antenna is stock on my car and I just need the mast!

Fortunately somebody is selling that too :-)

Better grab it before it's gone!! (Nice touch that the part is Made in USA and not Made in China like the fixed antenna is these days)
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:15 am

Jenni wrote:That is just the antenna and not the mechanical part that sits in the fender. That is just to replace a broken antenna.
I am pretty sure you will need more to make it work!!!
Thanks for pointing that out. I went ahead and bought it so that I won't have an antenna that I can't use.
moe8555 wrote:...Nice touch that the part is Made in USA and not Made in China like the fixed antenna is these days...
Yes, I was happy to see that both the antenna and cable are American-made. :thumbup:
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:42 pm

Still waiting for the antenna and cable to arrive- should be in my post office box any day now. I took copies of the seller's pictures to the dealership today and the service manager quoted a labor price of between $100 and $110! I'm wondering if this is something that could be installed with my new tool kit and the collective thinking of everyone at one of the upcoming meets... :scratch:
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Post by A@ron » Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:01 pm

Shouldn't be too bad. The one end of the plug is the standard Motorola antenna plug from what I see in that picture. The current antenna should twist off counter clockwise at the base.

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Post by occasional demons » Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:03 pm

Considering that's give or take an hours worth of labor charge, probably a fair price.

The wheel has to come off, the fender liner at least pulled back to get to the lower mount, and then the cable pulled out of the interior, the new one put back in, hooked up, the fender liner and wheel put back on.

I can't recall if they used an extension, or if the cable goes all the way to the HU. If it goes all the way to the HU, the HVAC bezel and radio need pulled too.
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Post by moe8555 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:22 am

I'm still waiting for the mast to arrive too.

Did he send it with a tracking number to you? He claimed that there was no reasonably priced option with tracking, even though I sent him a link from the Germany Post site showing him that there is.

My dealer quoted me $20 labor to replace just the mast, but I'm going to do it myself anyway.

Here, an hour's labor at the dealer runs about $65-$75.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:33 am

occasional demons wrote:The wheel has to come off, the fender liner at least pulled back to get to the lower mount, and then the cable pulled out of the interior, the new one put back in, hooked up, the fender liner and wheel put back on.

I can't recall if they used an extension, or if the cable goes all the way to the HU. If it goes all the way to the HU, the HVAC bezel and radio need pulled too.
That's what I figured. Oh well, another hit to the savings account. :lol:
moe8555 wrote:Did he send it with a tracking number to you?
No, no tracking number. I'm not quite in the middle of Ebay's estimated shipping times so I'll give it a few more days before I contact the seller.
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Post by moe8555 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:18 pm

I got the note today that the package can be picked up tomorrow!

He actually sent it registered mail with a tracking number. No clue why he didn't update me even after I asked...

Looks like I got a project for the weekend!!

I'll let you know if it's how it appears in the picture.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:36 am

Cable arrived Tuesday which is odd since the antenna was shipped first. :shock: I sent the seller a message via Ebay, asking for a tracking number for the antenna- he replied that he sent it regular post so no number. I checked my post office box again tonight (Wednesday) but still nothing. I hope that I don't have to contact the postmaster to do a trace on the package. :banghead:
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Post by moe8555 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:40 am

I wouldn't worry. That's pretty good time coming from Europe. Just think how much closer I am and mine came only a day or two before.

Give it another week, tops.

I just haven't had time to collect the package from the post office, but tomorrow morning I'll get it so I can install this weekend.
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Post by Jenni » Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:54 pm

Why don't you just remove the antenna and use something else? Window antenna?

Like said: ask Gnuserup.

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:41 pm

Jenni wrote:Why don't you just remove the antenna and use something else? Window antenna?
I like using OEM Mopar parts and this particular part has intrigued me since it is BUX and unavailable here. I rarely listen to the radio but I could pull up the antenna when needed; otherwise, it would be lowered and out of sight for a cleaner look. I don't want a plastic plug in the fender nor do I want an aftermarket shorty antenna.
Jenni wrote:Like said: ask Gnuserup.
Good idea, I will. :thumbup:
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Post by moe8555 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:19 am

Well, I tried replacing the mast yesterday and just couldn't figure the damn thing out. I can't believe it!!!

I removed the fender splash shield, no problem!

Then I used the antenna wrench and tried to remove that weird nut on the antenna base but nothing would unscrew. Everything spun together. I can't even figure out how to pop the whole base off the fender.

I applied force on the antenna from inside the fender and tried to hold the antenna in place as I unscrewed the nut, but still nothing.

I used the Chilton guide, searched the web, and even found the chapter in the FSM.

Any ideas? Is there some other screw somewhere else that I have to remove, maybe in the fender? I feel like I'm missing something....
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Post by Gnuserup » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:13 am

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The price for the "mast" is quit good. But sure only if it arrives :roll:

Unfortunatelly the mast seems to be one the most popular things to be broken by stupid passersby.
I actually have no mast left - sorry.

All the spare Neons I have have broken masts :(
a neon - what else ?

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:21 pm

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Post by Jenni » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:18 pm

Gnuserup: you have the inner parts and more pics?

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Post by Gnuserup » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:14 pm

I should - you know I am having problems to thow neon parts away, even if they are damaged.

:lol:
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Post by occasional demons » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:24 pm

moe8555, you may need some penetrating oil, and locking pliers to hold the base, then try get the nut out of the base. The locking tab may have corroded off the base, so it is just spinning in the hole. Probably need to mask the area off, and put some paint on both sides of the fender, if it has torn up the paint.

Not sure on humidity there, but here, the rust would do it's work, and the antenna would fall through the fender.
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Post by moe8555 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:30 am

Thanks for the tip!
No worries about rust here: no snow, no salt. I really don't have a spot of rust anywhere on the car and the paint is still original according to the previous owner and what I can tell.

The locking tab: is it that little thing sticking out on the bottom of the base, inside the fender? It's like a little tab that can be pressed like a spring and spun a little. I'm talking about the piece that's right on top of the base up top inside the fender.

I tried holding it with my hands and spinning the nut... I opened the hood and took off that black guard that sits on the windshield so I could get my hand in there and a light.

When you say hold the base, where exactly? The top part, the plastic base sitting on the fender? Or the inside part of the base, the bulge sitting just under the surface of the fender?

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