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The existing RF cable from the TV aerial to the back of the media unit will have a plug on the end of it (sometimes it's a standard RF or an F type plug but occasionally it's a plug and adapter but can't remember it's name) so can just be unplugged.
Changing the monitor for a drop down TV is, in principle, achievable however there are a number of complexities you'll need to consider. I've listed some of these below (note there may be others) -
- how will you fix the TV to the over cab position as it may not have the same fixing positions?
- the RF cable will need to be rerouted to the over cab area that will probably mean removal of the headlining
- the TV will need to be 12v operation to retain the current functionality
- unless you run audio cabling from the new TV to an input on the head unit you'll lose the output to inbuilt speakers
Suppose the key question for me would be why do you want a TV with HDMI input? Is it so you can plug in a media device?
If so, I would suggest it may be much simpler, and potentially as effective, to replace the head unit with one with an HDMI input and leave all the existing connections to the existing over cab monitor. You would, of course, have to ensure the new head unit had either an inbuilt DVB-T tuner or the capability to attach an external one to it.
Replacement of the head unit is relatively simple as a number of AT owners have replaced the woeful 12ELE \ 13 ELE media head units, ourselves included. Not sure if your model has this though. A photo of the back of a 12ELE below (a 13ELE is very similar).
If yours has a single DIN mounting slot this can, normally, be converted to a double DIN facilitating the installation of a much better head unit.
Hope the above brain dump drivel helps but let me know if any specific questions.