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Re: '54 radios
#91175 Fri Nov 16 2001 04:59 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 198
Most tube radios of the 50's do not matter what polarity they are hooked up to, ONLY if the vibrator is NOT of the solid state type. If you use a solid state vibrator they must be ordered for + or Neg ground and are not interchangeable.

Re: '54 radios
#91176 Fri Nov 16 2001 05:05 AM
GM, you can make the 55-59 radio fit if you hack the dash. The 54 GMC radio shared the same housing as the 55-59 & it also LOOKED alot like the 53/54 Chevy car radio & housing, but the 54 GMC dial housing & dash opening was specific to 54 GMC only.

Re: '54 radios
#91177 Fri Nov 16 2001 07:05 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 18
Thanks Mothertrucker, I have a GMC radio that has a rectangular dial housing with the CD markings on it. I know that the GM radios started using the CD (CONRAD?) markings in 1956, so this radio is at least 1956. I remembered looking at a 54/55 first series chevy truck and it had a rectangular hole in the dash. Will the radio I have fit in the 54/55 Chevy truck dash or was this a one of a kind radio too? At one time I thought that a rectangular bezel was made to convert the 53/54 car radio so that it would fit the 54/55 trucks. Am I having a senior moment or do you know of a retro kit? .............g :confused:

Re: '54 radios
#91178 Sat Nov 24 2001 05:20 AM
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Posts: 30,306
ace skiver
OldCarKook provided useful information for this thread in the "Lounge":

Good pictures and information.

Tim []
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [] - part of the family for 15 years
- 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 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. []
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