We are still asking: What did you get done on your Bolt today ????
The question, initially posted May 23, 2005, was:
"Whatcha do on your Bolt this weekend?"
After 51,906,997 views, 7378 replies over 185 pages, this thread in General Truck Talk is a happening! And it's not just weekends anymore.
Close to installing - still waiting for antenna to arrive. Am I missing some hardwAre at the top of the radio that would secure the radio at the top to the dash, after the switch/volume and tuner projections are pushed through. Knobs alone sure won’t hold it. Also,how do you preset stations? I have pushed, pulled and pressed up and down on the preset buttons with no luck. Anyway here’s what I’m starting with to install at the top. Anything missing?
there are nuts 7235969 that go behind the knobs to hold the radio in the dash also two bolts with spacers at the bottom i attached clips from the radio installation manual
the top special spacers 7255934 and bottom spacers 7256466 are available to buy online from a few places rubber washer 7253485 is not special, it just keeps the bolt in place while you hold the radio so that you don't need 3 hands to install
don't forget felt washer 7242365, you can cut that out of felt or leather, it's to keep dust out of the control shaft and make a nice cushion for the knob
Thanks for the files - that helps a lot - any idea which online dealers might have the spacers? Tried a few of the usual suspects so far and struck out. I can probably conjure up the nuts maybe, but the spacers seem to be pretty crucial.
I did find the original nuts on EBay and ordered them, a bit spendy for two nuts, but at least they are on the way.
Last edited by cameo1956; Sat Feb 27 2021 09:03 PM. Reason: added
They are sorta standard nuts for that application noting sacred about em Used everywhere
The spacers ChevsOfthe40s 986444EF I’ve seen them at a few places but I think this one was the best price Classicparts.com I think used to have too for better price but didn’t find it with my phone. -s
I cancelled the nut order so will look around here for some based on your advice. Thanks -- Ordered the spacers from Chevs of the 40s, good call, thanks again. I was sure there must be something on the forum on the setting stations buttons, but darned if I could find it. I will try to pull them out again (they must be in there really hard) to see if I can set them. BTW - looking around for a place to install a ground wire I found the tuner adjustment near the antenna socket you mentioned earlier. I couldn't see that before for some reason from outside, but it's fun to find these probably little known features. Dale
I believe you need to pull the button out a little to the left when you want to change the setting. When you push it in all the way it will be set to the current tuner location. If you create a little bare metal under one of the bolts on the dash, that will be the only ground you need.
Thanks to both of you, it’s always a great day when the lights come on and you can see what you’re doing and know what you need to do. I’ll keep looking for those nuts Stan, but keep me in mind as you’re looking around, I might still need a couple —-
Found the nuts - ironically also on Chevs of the 40s - they rearranged my spacer shipping to include the nuts and it all ended up cheaper thus offsetting the cost of the nuts. Nice people.
Thanks again for the offer -s, that was most kind of you.
Last edited by cameo1956; Mon Mar 01 2021 06:54 PM.
Well, here I go again, just when I thought I understood the installation, I finally received the radio installation instruction today I had ordered some time ago.
To my surprise I see that in addition to my mechanical understanding, I now have to learn a bit more about the added electronics, specifically according to the instruction: 1) a generator condenser 2) distributor condenser 3) front wheel static suppressor 4) ignition coil condenser 5) voltage regulator condenser 6) ammeter condenser.
As far as I can see I have none of these, although I have not yet looked inside the distributor and can't remember what's in there besides points etc. Are all of those additions really needed just to avoid noise in the radio? So far the only availability I can find matching that need is a "suppressor" at Jim Carter ($20 ea.), and I'm not sure if that can be used in multiple places, or even which location is the most critical to begin with, or is it all of them?
I have read earlier that Jon G has developed an alternative but I'm not sure that is even applicable to radio noise although I will pm him and inquire. Any thoughts along this line of questioning would sure be helpful.
I also just received the antenna today and will be pondering, at great length, just exactly on which side I want to make that hole. I do have the antenna template for the left side so I will worry over the which side issue, but not too much (pretty sure left side will be good) as I am really preoccupied now mostly with 1) what to do about and 2) where to get all this condenser/suppressor/collector information and availability. Those will keep me thinking.