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Antique Automobile Radio
#1401814 Thu Mar 18 2021 02:41 AM
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 548
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.

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Re: Antique Automobile Radio
Barnfind49 #1401829 Thu Mar 18 2021 11:09 AM
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Posts: 557
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.

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Re: Antique Automobile Radio
Barnfind49 #1401833 Thu Mar 18 2021 12:04 PM
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Barnfind49, it looks great in your newly painted dash! where did you buy that radio?


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Re: Antique Automobile Radio
Barnfind49 #1401848 Thu Mar 18 2021 01:35 PM
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Does it have a usb jack?


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Re: Antique Automobile Radio
Barnfind49 #1401858 Thu Mar 18 2021 02:42 PM
Joined: Mar 2002
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Wow thanks for the details on how it works. That is an impressive approach to the dial. Your truck dash looks like a museum piece, too pretty to get finger prints on!

Re: Antique Automobile Radio
Barnfind49 #1401918 Thu Mar 18 2021 08:39 PM
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Posts: 548
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 🤫

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Re: Antique Automobile Radio
Barnfind49 #1402002 Fri Mar 19 2021 01:01 PM
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I have the same radio still in the box. Glad to hear you like it.

Old enough to know better, too young to resist.
Re: Antique Automobile Radio
mick53 #1402149 Sat Mar 20 2021 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by mick53
I have the same radio still in the box. Glad to hear you like it.

Love it!
Im glad you have one on the shelf because they are back ordered out for a long time hahaha.

Re: Antique Automobile Radio
Barnfind49 #1402564 Mon Mar 22 2021 10:39 PM
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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

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Re: Antique Automobile Radio
Barnfind49 #1404947 Tue Apr 06 2021 09:51 AM
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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 😏

Re: Antique Automobile Radio
Barnfind49 #1407302 Sat Apr 24 2021 03:25 PM
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I plugged up the holes in my dash with an old faceplate and cheated with a modern radio in the glovebox.

The 2nd photo shows my current bezels.

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