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We received permission to use this technical information which Fred found in the Chat Room of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America (VCCA). VCCA's sole purpose is to promote the sharing of information about the restoration and operation of vintage Chevrolets (cars and trucks). The author of this information is Ray "Chevradioman" Holland. He is the VCCA's technical expert on old Chevy radios and a member of the Columbia River Region VCCA.

"Hopefully, the information will aid folks in obtaining the correct radio for their "ride." It is intended to depict the correct radio for the truck line and is not intended to cover the car radio line."

Stovebolters are in the process of collecting images to go along with these descriptions. If you've got one that fits (or several), email them to Fred and he'll take it from there! ~ Editor



1937-1939   Steering column control radio Model 985286
1940   Single unit wedge shaped universal radio Model 985538 mounted under the edge of the dash
1941   Single unit wedge shaped universal radio Model 985696 mounted under the edge of the dash
1942-1946   Single unit wedge shaped universal radio Model 985792 mounted under the edge of the dash. (This radio was unlike the prior two radios as it has a plastic bezel and roll type controls)
1947-1950   First year that a truck radio was mounted through the dash in a hole specifically provided for a radio. Model 986067 and was a 5 push button radio
1951-1953   Redesigned radio and easily identified with the square back. Model 986443 and appeared from the front as the same as the above radio. (Both radios are interchangeable)
1954   Was a one year only radio. Mounted in the lower dash. No push buttons. Model 986771 Was a 6-volt radio and was used until the truck was converted to 12-volts
1955-1959   First 12-volt radio and first two piece unit. The tuning unit was mounted through the prepared hole in the lower dash and a speaker was mounted above and centered on the windshield





 

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