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Postby kurt » Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:07 pm

What have people done for radios? I would like to have a sound system. My dash has three holes for a stock radio now although I don't have the radio. I can't see putting a modern radio in it would look really out of place. Is there any old looking modern radios? Or is there a way to have the stock radio modernized? I guess I could always go with the hidden sound systems.
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Re: Radio Options

Postby FourDoorScore » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:41 pm

try these guys

http://www.classiccarstereos.com

once i realized i was unlikely to ever install a cd player in my dash again, i made a radio delete plate. then i made another plate with a cutout for the radio i got from these guys. this solved the hacked dashboard issue as well as the not having a radio issue.

mine came with a 1/8" socket (i added a 3' extension to it) as well as a usb socket for a jumpdrive.

it drives two 6x9 {3way} loudly and clearly without additional amplification
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Re: Radio Options

Postby wally426ci » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:55 pm

I would find an original and then get it fixed by wards. That's what I did.
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Re: Radio Options

Postby rockingkay » Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:25 am

you might want to check out http://www.retrosoundusa.com/
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Re: Radio Options

Postby kurt » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:24 am

Thanks, The wards route looks like the best to keep it original looking. They can put in am/fm and input jacks to the stock box but its king of expensive at almost $500. I already had to switch out my gauges for Autometers to work with my computer engine so as long as it looks somewhat original I am fine with aftermarket. I will likely get one from retrosounds you can select the knobs and faceplate to make it look more correct and its less than $200. They have an AM faceplate when the radio is off and the digital stuff shines through when its on.
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Re: Radio Options

Postby wally426ci » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:38 am

I plan to use an fm converter i bought for $20
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Re: Radio Options

Postby CSS-Registry » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:47 pm

my wards converted radio sounds pretty clear and with the reproduction speaker it still has that 60's single speaker sound...

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Re: Radio Options

Postby kurt » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:17 pm

The Wards is pretty nice. I guess I will leave the three holes in the dash for now and make my decision later. I am shooting the first primer coats this weekend so I was hoping to get the radio figured out. I am trying to throttle how much money I put into the truck or at least spread it out. Everytime I think I am close I find another $200-500 to spend.
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Re: Radio Options

Postby Txas2step » Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:39 pm

kurt wrote:The Wards is pretty nice. I guess I will leave the three holes in the dash for now and make my decision later. I am shooting the first primer coats this weekend so I was hoping to get the radio figured out. I am trying to throttle how much money I put into the truck or at least spread it out. Everytime I think I am close I find another $200-500 to spend.


Kurt, you are preach'n to the Choir. :lol:
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Re: Radio Options

Postby CSS-Registry » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:46 pm

Txas2step wrote:
kurt wrote:The Wards is pretty nice. I guess I will leave the three holes in the dash for now and make my decision later. I am shooting the first primer coats this weekend so I was hoping to get the radio figured out. I am trying to throttle how much money I put into the truck or at least spread it out. Everytime I think I am close I find another $200-500 to spend.


Kurt, you are preach'n to the Choir. :lol:


Sing it!
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Re: Radio Options

Postby wally426ci » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:52 pm

I'll 3rd that! :joker
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Re: Radio Options

Postby WD » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:37 pm

I've got an older Blaupunkt out of a VW or Mercedes, AM/FM/SW, set up for mono only use. $1 (what I paid for it) plus shipping... PM works best, I NEVER and mean NEVER, check my e-mail.

Same condition as when I bought it, unknown. Tossed it in the truck cab and forgot about it. I run a cheap CD deck since the dash was already hacked.
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Re: Radio Options

Postby nytemuvr » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:26 pm

WD wrote:I've got an older Blaupunkt out of a VW or Mercedes, AM/FM/SW, set up for mono only use. $1 (what I paid for it) plus shipping... PM works best, I NEVER and mean NEVER, check my e-mail.

Same condition as when I bought it, unknown. Tossed it in the truck cab and forgot about it. I run a cheap CD deck since the dash was already hacked.

Those were top line in the 70s and 80s, had one in my Challenger. Only stolen radio I bought and someone broke my quarter-window to steal it. Had a friend work at the Honda dealership that had the keys to the new stereo cage, he made a mint before he was fired. Karma...
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Re: Radio Options

Postby 66patrick » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:13 am

I saw a neat little install in a '56 Chevy Nomad wagon recently...if I still have pics of the car, I'll post them. It is an MP3 unit that fits in where the ashtry is on the '56 - totally invisible, unless you are looking for it. All of the amps & speakers are hidden, too; so all you see in the car is an original (and functional) stock AM tube radio. The volume, balance and such can be controlled off the dash unit or with a remote. It is one of the most clever units I've ever seen! I want to use this in both the lowered truck and my Coronet.
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Re: Radio Options

Postby 65alldatjive » Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:15 am

Another potential option with modern day amenities. http://www.vintageautoradio.com/index.p ... &Itemid=67
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Re: Radio Options

Postby kurt » Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:25 am

1965 or so ford radios fit the stock dash also. I went that route when I couldn't find a Dodge radio for under $200. The ford ones come up for under $50 quite often. I am going to send it to Ward's.
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Re: Radio Options

Postby MadMC63 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:10 pm

Exactly what you're not looking for.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-AM-FM-CAR-T ... Gm&vxp=mtr
1971 Dodge D100
So what's wrong with setting beneath a single pull string incandescent light bulb writing angry letters?
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Re: Radio Options

Postby dodgeboykim » Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:33 pm

I have the stock working radio in my 66W100 and put a remotely operated AM/FM/CD in the glove box. Door needs to be open to change functions. I remember ones that had a small module on the dash (or under) and the main part could be under seat etc.
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