Although often times overlooked due to its seemingly simple job, an antenna can play host to many problems just like any other vehicle component when it is not properly tuned or maintained. A properly working antenna system will bring in local and distant stations while helping to shield out annoying electrical interference.
Remains of a factory installed antenna system can often times give an important clue to what type of radio was originally installed in a vehicle.
Here are some examples: If a 1965 Malibu has a factory rear antenna, that car was not originally ordered with an AM/FM radio. If a 1968 SS has a fixed-mast, front fender antenna, the vehicle was originally fitted with an AM/FM or AM/FM-stereo radio. Click on the usage chart below for more information.
Chevelles ordered from the factory with radios came with factory-installed antennas. During the years of 1964-1972, the types of antennas can be broken down into three groups. Front fender-mount (either telescopic or fixed-mast), rear quarter-mount (either telescopic or power), and windshield type.
1964: One style available from the factory. A telescopic front fender mounted antenna on the passenger side. Dealer installed options included a rear quarter mounted telescopic antenna on the passenger side and a matching dummy antenna mounted on the drivers side.
1965: Two options available from the factory. A telescopic front fender mount antenna on the passenger side or a rear telescopic antenna mounted on the passenger side. (Rear antenna not available with vehicles ordered with FM radios).
1966: Available factory antennas (for AM radio equipped vehicles) included telescopic front fender antenna, or choice of either rear telescopic or rear power antenna mounted on the passenger side. The only available factory antenna for FM radio equipped vehicles was a front fixed-mast antenna mounted on the passenger side.
1967-1969: Two options available from the factory for AM radio vehicles, either telescopic front or telescopic rear mount on the passenger side. Only one available antenna for FM radio equipped vehicles, a front fixed-mast mount on the passenger side.
1970-1972: All factory installed antennas were of the windshield-type. The windshield antenna was the only antenna available for factory-installed radios. Dealer-installed options included front fixed-mast or telescopic antennas mounted on the passenger side. The telescopic antenna was only available on 1970 models.