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'54 radios #91165 Tue Nov 13 2001 08:38 AM
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54gmc Offline OP
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I've noticed that many radios that say they fit '47-'53 trucks note that they will not fit '54's. I would like to put in some type of radio but I don't want to have to butcher the dash to do it. Anyone know of a radio that would fit a '54? Doesn't have to be stock, just want some news, weather & sports and maybe some tunes while I drive. Thanks! cool

Re: '54 radios #91166 Tue Nov 13 2001 09:01 PM
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vwnate1 Offline
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It certainly _appears_ to be the same as 1954 passenger car radio - I see them @ Pomona all the time , with knobs for $20.00~$50.00 untested or working condition
(remember 6 volts!) for $50.00~$175.00 this is AM only . if you get one , try changing the vibrator before send it out for big buck$ rebuilding .

Next Pomona swap meet is December 2nd , be there out of your car by 05:30 ! .


-Nate
There is no problem so difficult it cannot be overcome by generous application of brute force & ignorance
Re: '54 radios #91167 Wed Nov 14 2001 12:50 AM
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tclederman Offline
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As I recall that the '54 passenger car radio had push buttons. The "problem" with the '54 truck radio is that there were no push buttons. There were two knobs and the dial - not enough space for an aftermarket radio with dial and push buttons. I know of no aftermarket radio for a '54-'55 (first series) truck. If someone knows of one (and has seen it installed in the original cutout) please let us know.

Has anyone mounted a radio to the underside of the dash?

Thanks, Tim


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: '54 radios #91168 Wed Nov 14 2001 08:14 AM
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48 CARRYALL Offline
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The 1955 - 59 truck radio works if you have 12 volts or use the 1953-54 passenger car manual radio if you have 6 volts. I believe that the passenger car radios have the speaker attached to the radio where the 55-59 truck radios used a remote speaker. They all fit the original hole in your dash. I collect radios and have a couple of the truck radios. If you look on ebay you can get them from $10-$150. Be patient and you will find one under thirty dollars. .........g grin

Re: '54 radios #91169 Wed Nov 14 2001 03:52 PM
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Wally / Montana Offline
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A fellow named Bill who used to visit the old Classicar web site is a radio expert and repairman. His advice to me was beware when using old 6v radios without rebuilding them. Make sure you use a minimum amperage fuse to minimize the chance of a fire.


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet

27 Years of Daily Driving. Now with a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, 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.
Re: '54 radios #91170 Wed Nov 14 2001 06:01 PM
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Frank54 Offline
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54GMC:

I don't know about the '54 GMC dash, that's the year that GMC went to the dash that's different from the Chevy, isn't it?

A '53 Chevy car radio might fit too; I have one in my '54 Chevy truck, however, someone cut out the bottom of the dash under the radio opening to accomodate a '52 or earlier GM radio; fortunately, the carnage is not obvious with the "radio-delete" plate in place.


Frank McMullen
1941 Chevy dump truck
1949 GMC 100 pick-up
1954 Chevy 3600 pick-up
1955.1 4400 dump truck
1941 De Soto & other MoPars
1928 Model A F**D Special Coupe
Re: '54 radios #91171 Wed Nov 14 2001 07:41 PM
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ALBERT Offline
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I've rebuilt many of those radios of that vintage ,it's best to replace all the old wax and paper capactors with the modern mylar type, 50% of the time that will get the radio working ,the other 50% it's the vibrator.

Re: '54 radios #91172 Fri Nov 16 2001 02:50 AM
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tclederman Offline
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Does 54gmc have to be careful installing a 6-volt Chevy radio if he has a stock 6v positive ground system?

A while ago Jim Carter had a 1954 GMC radio for sale (this is not a cheap item - they are rare).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: '54 radios #91173 Fri Nov 16 2001 04:47 AM
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54 GMC radio is a 1 year Truck only option. It is NOT like the Chevy car or truck radio .
If you are going to the Pomona swap meet Volkswagen Nate is partially correct in his 5:30 am quote, however most of the major vendor wholesaling dealing takes place between 9:00 PM Saturday night & 5:00 AM sunday morning.

Re: '54 radios #91174 Fri Nov 16 2001 04:57 AM
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48 CARRYALL Offline
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I AGREE WITH MOTHER TRUCKER, I DID NOT NOTICE THAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR GMC.

MOTHERTRUCKER, AM I CORRECT TO SAY THAT THE THE 1955-59 GMC RADIOS WILL FIT THE OPENING OF THE 54-55 FIRST SERIES? THE DIFFERENCE BEING THE LATER RADIOS WERE 12 VOLT? I BELIEVE THAT KOOK HAS ONE FOR SALE ON HIS WEB PAGE.

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