July 05, 2004

Radio Antenna and Stereo Removal

This is actually a pretty easy step. But, since we want to remove the hood, everything needs to be removed that can come out, so they aren't exposed to the elements. So, I decided to remove the radio antenna and stereo.

First thing is to disconnect the antenna wire, that runs to the stereo, from the antenna.

Then, you remove the lower bolt that holds the antenna to the body of the car:

You are now left with this:

Then, you pull the antenna assembly out. Wasn't that hard!? I put the lower bolt back onto the antenna assembly, so it wouldn't get lost.

Next, is stereo removal. This too, is easy. The first thing I did is remove the back of the stereo from the support bracket in the rear. This was accessible from the front of the car. All it involved was removing one bolt:

So, I don't lose the bolt, I put it back on after I pulled the bracket aside:

Now, to remove the stereo from inside the car, I need to gently pull the knobs off of the stereo:

Then you remove the faceplate. You are left with this:

Then I removed the stereo, by pulling it out from the back. Notice the mangled dash around the stereo? When we got the car, it was already like that. We may try to fix that. Since the rear bracket needs to come out, and I don't want to lose it, I removed it and bolted it back on to the back of the stereo:

And, so I don't lost the faceplate and knobs, I put them all back onto the unit:

While I was at it, I decided to yank out the non-stock windshield washer motor:

We're not sure why this is even in the car. The windshield washer was powered by this reservoir in the front. You fill it with washer fluid and then hook up the valve from the spare tire to it. It works off the air pressure:

And, even our dog, Pepper looks disgusted with the removed, non-stock, windshield washer motor:

Next up: Even more things will be removed before the hood can be removed.

Posted by Valkyre at July 5, 2004 10:42 PM