Does anyone know where I'd be able to find an adapter that would fit newer,
North American antenna models? I disengaged the power antenna and bought a
simple replacement, however, the Mercedes end of the wire requires a male
adapter that would need a very small pin at one end and a standard female
connector at the other end.
Somewhere in Canada would be good!
Actually, you can get the adapter you are looking for at WalMart in their
car audio section. I bought a pack with both the german-american and
american-german adapters for about $7 if I recall. It was actually labeled
for VW, but was a perfect fit. And yes you do need to connect both the
center pin and ground the shield.
I am assuming you bought the generic Hirschman antennae... I think it is
2040... I did this to my car... the grounding is though the chassis mount.
You can see the black wire is supposed to be mounted to the mouting
bracket... which is then attached to the body chassis... hence the ground.
with my wife's '81 300D. I simply installed the antenna, hooked up the black
ground wire to the inner fender well "fin", plugged the blue wire from the
antenna up/down sensor into the corresponding wire in the MB plug, found the
"always hot" wire, and plugged the antenna "always hot" lead into that. The
wiring instructions with the antenna were pretty much straight forward.
Viola, everything has worked perfect since.
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