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.
Installed a Antique Automobile Radio in the 49 GMC tonight. I loved it from the first time I saw it but i never liked the price. I thought about different ways to go about getting tunes via Bluetooth in the truck and I have used a few different options in other vehicles with 50/50 results. I REALLY like the look of the factory radio in the dash so I ended up buying it for myself for Christmas. I ordered it in early November and it only took 117 days to come in. I understand the virus slowed down a lot of manufacturers and these guys confirmed that when I talked to them. Was a pretty easy install and it looks the part and works really well. Has AM/FM, Aux out, and most importantly Bluetooth for streaming music from my phone and it does hands free calling and voice commands. I love it so far. Very innovative in how they built it. Has a digital tuner but they use a stepper motor to move the actual dial behind the face. I bought the one with the speaker mounted under it and it has good enough clear sound for all I need.
Looks great mounted in the dash. I looked at one semilar to that but opted for the RetroSound Laguna radio with Kenwood speakers mounted in the stock location when it came time to install one in my 49. Knowing that we would probably use it very little if a all I just want a radio that worked.
Olezippi- Yes i also looked at that as a more affordable radio but in the end it just didn’t fit the look i was goin for with the digital display and i just love how timeless the stock parts look in the truck.
Phak1- I bought it on ebay from spectra or vintage auto radios. Hes just a dealer for AAR.
Jon G- No on the usb jack but it does have a seperate aux in jack that comes with a cable so with a 3.5 to usb 2.0 cable im sure that would probably work. I use Bluetooth 99% of the time so I never even though about usb. I have 12v outlet in the truck with a usb charger and I have a usb to Bluetooth adapter that I use everyday in my daily driver too.
Truckernix- Thank you! Yes the interior is basically spotless and pretty close to perfect inside beside the near perfectly barily faded gauges with the original pitted chrome rings. I just cleaned it up best I could and painted everything inside as close to stock as possible and did all upholstery as close as humanly possible to how it looked from factory. Thats why I did the old looking radio to keep going with the original flow of the truck. The really only “out of place” part that is easily seen on the truck is the underdash AC but even that is a exact copy of the early 50’s mark IV AC unit that could have been installed in that era when new. Basically everything on the truck looks stock (most actually is)...... just dont look under the hood 🤫
Last edited by Barnfind49; Thu Mar 18 2021 08:40 PM.
Congrats on that great radio! Amazing that with all the new electronics, you are able to capture and preserve the likeness of the old -- here's old style in my truck. The similarity of look was just surprising to me, minus the AC of course, way cool.. Dale
Yea they nailed it pretty good. Its the correct GMC colors too compared to the chevy ones. The only thing they couldn’t legally do was put the “GMC” logo on the face where it should be........ but i can 😏
29 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.