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#1424212 Thu Sep 16 2021 12:00 PM
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I have a restored 6V AM radio that I run in my 1948 Chevy 1/2 ton truck. Are front wheel static collectors (GM part 494786) still needed to maximize reception? I do NOT have them on my truck. I read somewhere that today's modern tires contain graphite, cancelling out the need for the static collectors. A few condensers are installed in various locations around the truck. If advised that using the static collector is still a good idea, where would a guy source a pair of them?

fonz8261 #1424248 Thu Sep 16 2021 07:12 PM
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Are you talking about the same things as discussed in this Buick forum?

1954 1/2 ton 235 4 speed
fonz8261 #1424253 Thu Sep 16 2021 08:11 PM
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Yes. That is an interesting post. Thanks for sharing it.

fonz8261 #1424316 Fri Sep 17 2021 11:25 AM
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They were an item offered I believe by GM, I think on their big trucks. Today I think they are irrelevant. They did use condensers on the generator, regulator and coil feed to cut down on other interference. They are useful, especially in low signal situations.

fonz8261 #1424321 Fri Sep 17 2021 12:02 PM
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When I first started driving in 1974 I had a 62 Chevy Impala and then a 64 Impala. I remember putting some sort of condenser inline of the radio wiring to cut out the engine noise. It was sold specifically as a noise suppressor for the radio. They worked for the most part but were not 100%.

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fonz8261 #1424326 Fri Sep 17 2021 12:22 PM
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This page is taken from the 1951 Chevrolet Radio Service and Shop Manual. #3 references the static collectors.

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