Good Morning All,

I've pushed the '63 to the side of the garage for the winter. Snow is on it's way so the garage has to go back to being a garage again. As she is in the midst of a restoration I have decided to work on some "inside" stuff during the winter. First up is the power antenna motor.

I have disassembled it but I see that the negative brush is crimped in. Is there any way to safe un-crimp it without damaging the housing? Brushes are still pretty good and the unit still works ok but since I have it out I figured I would renew it completely.

If anyone that has done it can throw me a bone regarding the negative brush I would forever grateful.

Cheers,

Greg

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If it's not broken why fix it? It may never be the same again. I'd replace the plastic antenna line that retracts and extends the antenna and clean/lube it then give it a correct paint job. It would probably outlast the rest of the car.

I totally respect the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" stance but this car sat under tress neglected for at least 10 years. I figured as I had to take it out anyways as the mast wouldn't go all the way down that I might as well service it. The brushes were not horrible but they were short. I wanted to replace them and clean and lubricate the whole assembly prior to re installation. This will give me a lifetime of trouble free use.

Either way I have managed to replace both brushes, clean the armature and lubricate the gears. She works like a champ now.

Thanks,

Greg

Just to put it out there, while I am out of the antenna mast with cord I do have a good stock of bench tested, working antenna motors for $45 + s/h. If anyone needs just the antenna motor without the mast assembly email me at jasonedge@nc.rr.com

I'm glad it worked out well Greg, I thought when you said "rebuild it completely" that meant also sending out the motor for a rewind.
For future reference, for the rest of us, where did you find the new brushes for the antenna?
Good luck and enjoy the rest of the restoration. Regards Clovis

No need to rewind the armature and fields. They were like new! The commutator was a little "gooped" up from brush dust mixing with the gear lube. All cleaned and running great.

As for brushes I work for a major rebuilder of rotating electrical components (starters, generators, alternators, motors etc.) so I have an endless supply of brushes, bushings etc at my disposal. I just matched up a good 12V set of brushes out of our stock and was ready to roll.

Throwing this out there. If anyone needs components for a rebuild of any of the motors in our cars then let me know and I'll likely have or have access to what's needed.

Cheers,

Greg

Ahh ha now it's all making sense LOL

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