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Radio antenna hole #1341711 Sun Jan 12 2020 03:29 PM
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Joes49 Offline OP
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Purchased a 49 , without a radio, with dash plate, previous owner installed an antenna, would like to remove antenna and cover since I can’t find a radio in my price range. What would have covered that hole where the antenna is ? Can I purchase?

Re: Radio antenna hole [Re: Joes49] #1341721 Sun Jan 12 2020 04:20 PM
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Why not leave it there and put a Jack in the Box antenna topper on it? I'd keep my eyes out for a radio or at least a front plate, then put in an aftermarket radio. I've seen people attach a stock face plate to a newer radio...

If you are for sure never going to install a radio, then an option is to cut out a piece of metal the same size as the antenna hole and weld it up.


Another quality post.


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Re: Radio antenna hole [Re: Joes49] #1341727 Sun Jan 12 2020 04:55 PM
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Joes49 Offline OP
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Thank you, the replacement radios I have seen is 550+,

Re: Radio antenna hole [Re: Joes49] #1341734 Sun Jan 12 2020 05:13 PM
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Brad Allen Offline
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Where is the hole drilled? In the correct location or another spot? I have never seen a factory plug for a removal, I would think the reason being is the radio delete did not require one, it was the default. It is a pretty rare option. When you build 300,000+ trucks a year you eliminate where possible you do not add.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/8325779281/in/album-72157632386552074/

Re: Radio antenna hole [Re: Joes49] #1341937 Mon Jan 13 2020 07:42 PM
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bartamos Offline
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The previous owner drilled a hole. Before that, there was nothing there. It all depends on your taste now. Whatever you want to do is OK. The proper thing is what Rusty said..... Weld a round patch in the hole.

There are hole plugs available at the hardware store or mount something else there. Light, mirror, siren, duct tape. (matching color duct tape, of course)
There are other lower priced radios available but don't cut the dash if they require that.


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Re: Radio antenna hole [Re: Joes49] #1342023 Tue Jan 14 2020 01:14 AM
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Put an antenna in the hole and buy a hide-away stereo. They use a remote control to operate. Plenty of places to put one of those radios it these trucks.

Re: Radio antenna hole [Re: Joes49] #1342029 Tue Jan 14 2020 01:35 AM
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Look on fleabay. Modern radios that fit the opening start at $180 and go up from there. Then you’ll have a reason to put an antenna in the hole.


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Re: Radio antenna hole [Re: Joes49] #1342152 Tue Jan 14 2020 05:39 PM
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Since we are on the subject of antenna holes. I'm going to hijack your thread a bit. I have two cowl covers for my 67 suburban. one has a hole (poorly done), the other does not. since the truck came with a radio, where does the antenna mount?


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Re: Radio antenna hole [Re: Rusty Rod] #1342160 Tue Jan 14 2020 06:32 PM
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bartamos Offline
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See google and our gallery for pics of originals. 99.956% of all antennas are on the passenger side. Exact location/measurements can be found at car shows, meets or on the street. Same cowl as truck.
Location here.
And here.


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Re: Radio antenna hole [Re: Joes49] #1342249 Wed Jan 15 2020 02:22 AM
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To the OP, keep looking for a radio which you can hook your antenna to. Driving these trucks without having tunes is just NOT right.


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