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#817625 - Wed Jan 18 2012 08:08 PM AD Radios
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I took a radio out of a GMC AD style truck a while back and I had one on the shelf out of a Chevy AD style. The cases are different shapes, the GMC is sloped a little in the back. Is this correct? Thanks, Ernie
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#817630 - Wed Jan 18 2012 08:24 PM Re: AD Radios [Re: 57cameoguy]
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There were two styles of AD radios that were basically identical for Chev and GMC. The 1947 to 1950 had a back with a slanting parting line on the sides. The 1951 to 53 radio had a back with a straight vertical seam. The side contour of the two radios were different as you have noted. Both radios will fit all of the AD years.
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#817640 - Wed Jan 18 2012 08:42 PM Re: AD Radios [Re: truckernix]
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That makes perfect sense to me now. Thanks a lot.
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#834300 - Sun Mar 11 2012 03:35 PM Re: AD Radios [Re: 57cameoguy]
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And the 54/55.1 radios were totally different.
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#834321 - Sun Mar 11 2012 05:25 PM Re: AD Radios [Re: GMCpanel]
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Originally Posted By GMCpanel
And the 54/55.1 radios were totally different.

With very slight to major differences between the GMC and Chevrolet truck 54/55 versions.
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#836667 - Mon Mar 19 2012 03:10 PM Re: AD Radios [Re: tclederman]
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If memory serves, the 54 Chevy and GMC radios use the same case but rotated 180*, and GMC doesn't have a dashboard speaker mount. They went in the cardboard headliner, where they fell out about 52 years ago. A couple of tabs spot-welded to the roof would have done wonders for that system.
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#836695 - Mon Mar 19 2012 04:57 PM Re: AD Radios [Re: GMCpanel]
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I wondered if that ever happened! The inventions they dreamed up!
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#837047 - Tue Mar 20 2012 05:21 PM Re: AD Radios [Re: truckernix]
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The speaker falling out? Most of those cardboard headliners fell apart years ago, and that was the only thing holding the speaker up. 54 GMC radios are rare. 54 GMC speaker grilles are impossible to find.
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#837068 - Tue Mar 20 2012 06:54 PM Re: AD Radios [Re: GMCpanel]
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I have seen an advertisement where Chevrolet described the pusbutton selctors on the radio as a safety feature because the driver's attention would not be sidelined by tuning the dial. It was either for an AD radio or one before that. So in 1954 they brought out a radio without pushbuttons.
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#837072 - Tue Mar 20 2012 07:20 PM Re: AD Radios [Re: GMCpanel]
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Originally Posted By GMCpanel
The speaker falling out? Most of those cardboard headliners fell apart years ago, and that was the only thing holding the speaker up. 54 GMC radios are rare. 54 GMC speaker grilles are impossible to find.

The 12v 1954/55 GMC truck radio is probably the rarest?
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