It’s no fun replacing the antenna on an AU Falcon

Snapped the mast on my car. New masts are ~$25. How hard can it be?


In the hope this helps someone else…

Put the car in the garage and turn out the lights. You’ll see later.

Turn the steering hard left to access the inside of the wheel bay.
Try to undo the 3 Philips head screws that hold the splash guard in.
They are actually a screw that expands a plastic tie. In my case one undid and could be pulled out as expected. One tie snapped. The bottom one has a slot in the splash guard, so it pulled over the screw head. These have been in place for 15 years. It’s not surprising they don’t work like new. I guess a proper mechanic would just snap all three and replace with spares….

Ok. Now pull the splash guard down and off the inside of the arch. Also work it off the triangular metal tab that goes through a slot in the splash guard.

Get a torch. Do this inside so you can see up in the dark arch. You should see the antenna assembly. It is held on by one nut at the bottom bracket. Undo the nut and try to thread the thing out of the car.

My antenna was bent half extended. I snapped it off to get enough play so I could get it out.

Undo the strap attached to the top of the mast. Ignore the black moulded plastic one.

Undo the lock nut on the top of the antenna mast housing.

Remove the Philips head screw at the bottom of the housing.

I broke the glued guide tube off the pulley housing and pulled the rope out.

Now, the mast should be pushed back down the guide tube. If you’ve snapped it, it won’t fit.

I bet the $100 complete assembly looks good about now…

I used a dremel to cut it off clean and pushed the remains out with a screwdriver. If yours is snapped too close, you might not get it out. Which will frustrate you no end after the time you’ve put in. Also the reassembly required to be able to drive the car.

The instructions that came with your mast have you covered from here.

I’m happy with the outcome. But dirty and with sore fingers from trying to get the now old and stuff splash guard back in place.


Why! Oh why?

see, cleaver people are able to keep their wits about them even when so many other things (and 5 year olds) are vying for their attention.

Not me, I slipped up and opened the 4 roll tank “a bit”. Maybe I’ll get something off the bottom roll. I hate myself right now. Slicing life a bit on the thin side I think.

Time will tell.

[update] top roll is toast, next is badly streaked, bottom two might be usable…

[next update] streaks not so bad. Need to find scanning time. Quite behind… But in general I think I got lucky here.

My favourite camera

I like to campaign them. I was keen during my teens ( the 80s… ). Dad had a Nikon F, F2, and F3. I’d been given my mother’s Yashica 35, but I notice lots of photos from that era show me with the F.

Fast forward to today. I have a 5 year old and a D90. But Dad gifted me his film cameras, and I picked up some “dream” bodies for a song too. So my walking around cameras tend to change often, but whatever made the last “favourite” photo tends to be the go to body.

Now that my daughter can handle long city walks, I’m going for more cityscapes and street photos. So small and quiet are popular. If only I was any good…

I love my FA at the moment.


Here: industrial chain near where I work. Fuji 64D cross processed in C41. Nice texture. Sloppy remjet removal.

It’s hard to line up a sunset

When you see travelling and you want to take photos of things like sunsets, it’s all a bit hit and miss. Without knowing the best places for that time of year, you are often running around the streets in vain looking for a view that is a little more westerly. But there always seems like there is a building in the way.

Here are a few from Berlin tonight.