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original am radio
#88388 Mon Dec 29 2003 07:57 AM
Joined: Mar 2000
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dave b Offline OP
before dropping some dough on a custom autosound unit for my '56 i thought i may see if i can get the original 12 volt radio to work. the p.o. had clipped two of the three wires on the back top left side of the unit. the wire that is still intact goes to the bulb in the bottom on the unit. of the two clipped wires one is both a heavier guage and copper. would one of those wires be powered from the ignition switch and the other a ground? i'm assuming that the inlet hole in the center of the bottom is for the speaker? if so can a mono speaker from radio shack be used; i have an extra one that has a + and - terminal on it. i realize the am selections are somewhat limited but even talk radio would be better than my own singing. thanx, dave b.

Re: original am radio
#88389 Thu Jan 01 2004 12:28 AM
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 130
Shop Shark
Last summer I had my AM radio from my 59 GMC refreshed and I was amazed at how economical it was. I found a retired radio tech and for $85 CDN he cleaned it up relaced a couple of parts and gave me a new speaker. After seeing used radios sell for next to nothing and restored radios going for big $$$ I am wondering why.

Ask around maybe you can find soneone in your area.

Blaine Dumkee
59 GMC 9314
Fort Smith NT
Re: original am radio
#88390 Thu Jan 01 2004 12:47 AM
Joined: Jul 2001
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Master Gabster
hey Dave- what Blaine sez is so - shouldn't cost much to make it right if ya can find an ol fashion radio tech - here\'s the installation info from the accessory manual - sounds like you understand the wires


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Re: original am radio
#88391 Fri Jan 02 2004 07:50 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 198
You might get lucky, check at the library for the Sam's Photofact, copy of the schematics. Most of the time you will have to replace all of the old paper capactors, most important is the .0068mf 1600V on the output of the transformer on the OZ4. The power lead wire normally goes to a plate mounted on the inside of the case and then to the power switch. the antenna goes to a resessed hole someware in the case.

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