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Jambo Parts -- Antenna

  Antenna
The Jambo was not supposed to come with a factory installed radio. However, we know that some did. For the most part, however, it seems as though radios were a
dealer-installed option. The standard AM/FM antenna was mounted
just below the cowl and front fender on the passenger side.
The placement of CJ antennas is a touchy subject. If you look at the Jambos on this site, you will see many different placements. This was likely related to the fact that most Jambos did not come with factory-installed radios. Therefore, the antenna was installed by the dealer or some other shop and there was lots of variation.

Jeep did offer a template with each Jeep antenna. However, the template that we have today seems to be incorrect. We elaborate on this below.

The Jambo Registry has created a correct template, which is available here. It is very important that you print this pdf actual size! The template should be 8" wide and 5" high.




The original factory template is shown to the right. This was supposed to be positioned on the passenger side, just behind the fender. The top line correctly identifies the top of the COWL. However, the left-hand line is identified as the FENDER. That cannot be correct because that placement would place the antenna on the fender itself.

If one thinks the diagram is mislabeled and the right-hand line should be labeled FENDER. Then you get a placement that we call LOCATION B. Many Jambos on this site have their antenna in this location.

However, this does not match the photo of the Jambo above, or other factory photos.
Here is a picture showing the antenna placement for location B, using the factory-supplied template.

Note that template needs to be moved up to just below the cowl before drilling the holes. We are just showing the lateral position. Notice how location B matches a natural interpretation of the Jeep template.
To get the factory location shown in the picture you have to REVERSE or MIRROR the template. That is, you have to assume everything but the lettering was somehow flipped.

Crazier things have happened. Today's baseball diamond is not actually square. Second base is actually too far back. This was a result of a mistake in the diagram put in the rulebook in the late 1880s. Yet, here we sit today with an non-square infield diamond and life goes on.

Back to our story...once the diagram is flipped you get the correct location, which we call LOCATION A. This is the correct factory location.

Most Jambos on this site don't have location A or B. Of those that are either A or B, about 60% are A and 40% are B.

Location A is the correct, factory, location. However, we believe that location B should be considered as an acceptable alternative, given that it is a natural interpretation of template. In fact, it is a more natural interpretation than saying the original template has to be flipped around and looked at from the backside--flipped letters and all.
Here is a picture showing the antenna placement for location A, using a REVERSED version of factory-supplied template.

Note that template needs to be moved up to just below the cowl before drilling the holes. We are just showing the lateral position. Notice how location A matches a rather unnatural interpretation of the Jeep template.
 
 
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