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Ight someone answer my question and il do the 10 footer lol
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hahaha. I learned a neat trick today with an antenna, don't know exactly how its done. and I'm sure if the person who did it, see's this, he'll tell me to STFU lol. so lets just say, I think he might of used it for something illegal per say? and been caught in the act, therefore, causing him to drop it and run. or maybe he just can't find the location of the !$#* thing on his truck
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I stfu'd :P I'll figure out how to do it. don't worry. I have all day, every day to try it.
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i may show you one day
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well, I will say, if something goes missing, you will be the first person I suspect lol.
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So any answer on the antenna threads
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So any answer on the antenna threads
nope kyle already took my antenna out once today, and its a 1 a day maximum!
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What tools would one need to measure antenna threads??
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What tools would one need to measure antenna threads??
one of those nifty things that autozone, advanced auto parts, or oreilly's has, that you screw the thing into to see the tread count, size, etc. someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Match it up woth a bolt an tell me that size lol i have a antenna my brother gave me for his f 150 and he said its for fords but idk if itl work on my ranger
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if you have the antenna you can use a tap and die set to measure the threads, just dont force it as it will cut the old threads off if your not careful
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or just take the antenna into lowes, nobody will look at you weird if you start screwing an antenna into the bolts sizer in the hardware section, lol
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or just take the antenna into lowes, nobody will look at you weird if you start screwing an antenna into the bolts sizer in the hardware section, lol
talk about stealing my idea
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Or you guys just tell me if ford truck threads are universal to eachother lol
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i dont have a clue, dont have a f150 antenna to test it
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kyle has an 02 edge! perfect for what you were asking. ask him to measure the threads :O
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Or you guys just tell me if ford truck threads are universal to eachother lol
Or walk out side and see if it screws on?
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If your school has a CNC lathe than it should have boxes of bolts laying around. I know ours did. If it doesn't than find a tap set (please tell me ya'll have that) and see what tap fits the hole the antenna goes into.

What are you going to use for the antenna? How long will it be? What will the final diameter of the antenna be?

Reason I ask is that CNC's put huge horizontal pressure on what it cuts. I had a 7in long piece of 4150 at .750in Dia that moved on me while, I was only having our HAAS SL-30 take .060 with a 55 degree carbide cutter. I couldn't use the tailstock cause I couldn't center drill the piece. I figure that is going to be your problem on the antenna. Its going to want to move toward you (if the cnc is turret style) or away from you (if it's like a tool room lathe).

There are many ways this can be countered. Cut the piece longer than needed and center drill and use the tailstock then just cut off the center drill and chamfer or do something on the end with a manual machine. If you are not wanting to make it anything to complicated than a manual lathe with a follower rest may be better.

Now that judgement is just from what was said in this convo so far. I am a machinist and will be glad to help you out if I can. Just PM me.

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well im thinkin bout 5 inches long, 1/4 inch wide and we have lots of tap and tie sets, and we have a miniature cnc, it can do some really intricate cuts...
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Wish we would of had a mini. I wouldn't have been so scared of it. Now it seems small to some of the ones at work. We got a mill that can hold 22,000lbs on the table.
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jesus h christ lol....we just have like 7 lathes that can hold about a 3ft diameter piece, 6 migs, 3 tig/arcs, 14 oxy acetylene booths , 3 drill presses, and 2 cold saws, and a whole lotta other **** lol
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