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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-17-2017, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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I need to access the body cavity below the antenna hole on my Duetto.
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What is the best way?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-17-2017, 08:03 PM
Go thru the wheel well. The panel aft of the wheel is screwed in. Remove the panel and you should be able to access the antenna.

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Thanks! I'll give it a try.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-17-2017, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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It was hard to see the panel with all of the old layers of undercoating on it. Once I got it open, I also found not only the antenna that I had dropped in there when removing it, but the original one that the PO had dropped! I installed an original looking antenna to replace the rubber one the PO had installed as it looked odd.
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It was hard to see the panel with all of the old layers of undercoating on it. Once I got it open, I also found not only the antenna that I had dropped in there when removing it, but the original one that the PO had dropped! I installed an original looking antenna to replace the rubber one the PO had installed as it looked odd.
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Well done . Oh and while in there, clean all the dirt out and rust proof/paint, especially on top of the sill/rocker panels.

Now I'm wondering what the two black wires are?
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Now I'm wondering what the two black wires are?
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One if for the side marker, the other goes to the door jamb switch.

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The other project i tackled this last weekend was fixing the horns. I have to get the car safety checked before I register it here in Hi. They give you thirty days from delivery at the dock to get the registration and plates changed to HI. So the safety check is a general review of lights, horn, tire tread and other basic items, it is a yearly requirement here.

I took the horns off and cleaned the terminals and tested both to confirm they work. I ran a ground wire to each one when i reinstalled them. The car was painted by the PO and I wanted to provide a definite ground. I then opened up the relay and cleaned out 50yrs of corrosion and cleaned the contacts. I tested that and confirmed it worked.

I traced the wire to the steering box and cleaned and remade that connection. The horns still did not work so I tested the ground connection in the horn hub and found that not working. I could ground the wire that comes up through the steering column on the hub and the horns worked, so I knew I was getting close.

The final project was removing the steering wheel. I bought a simple steering wheel remover from O'Rieley Auto Parts (#W8065) and two thick washers and two 6MM x 100mm bolts from Lowes. With some homemade penetrating oil (50% ATF/50% acetone) I removed the securing nut from the steering wheel and lubricated the connection at the hub. After replacing the securing nut and leaving it 2 revolutions from contacting the hub, I put the steering wheel puller on the hub and used the bushing provided to center on the nut. I loaded the puller to the point the washers holding the 6mm screws started to deform. One smack with a hammer and the wheel was free. When I removed the contact from the back of the hub it was heavily corroded and both surfaces had to be sanded to a clean surface.

Of course while the wheel was off I had to polish the spokes, so that added several hours to the project. With the wheel back on the horns worked!
Overall a good weekend.
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Mark
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