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Username Post: 62 radio installation        (Topic#354280)
fander 
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12-08-18 06:21 PM - Post#2753913    

Can't figure out how to get my factory radio installed. Is it supposed to go above the cross bracing in back and then forward? Not enough room to get the knobs in the holes. Thanks



 
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58Yeoman 
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12-08-18 07:58 PM - Post#2753923    
    In response to fander

I just installed a radio in my '61 which should be the same as your '62. I pulled the glove box liner out and also took the glove box door off. Had no problems positioning radio and lining up knobs. John

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fander 
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12-08-18 09:03 PM - Post#2753937    
    In response to 58Yeoman

Thanks for the reply. I took the glove box out but didn't take off the door. There is a bar that goes across the area behind the radio. If I try to get the knobs in I can't lift the rear of the radio enough to get the radio in. I don't know if the radio is supposed to go above the bar and then slide forward. The problem with that is to get the radio above the bar I would have to remove the speaker which I don't think I could get back in after the radio is in. I also have vintage air ductwork which runs above and behind the radio. That isn't causing a problem so far but it may if I try to get the radio above the bar and then slide the radio forward.



 
junky 
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12-09-18 07:30 AM - Post#2753965    
    In response to fander

It is a tight fit, and probably the Vintage Air ductwork was installed with the radio in place. Where you the one that took the radio out, and if so, you should know if the ductwork is going to be a problem.

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12-09-18 08:07 AM - Post#2753967    
    In response to fander

I have not had to have the speaker out. It needs to be in place before the radio.(I assume you are using the original speaker mount)
The knobs are not on the radio when its installed, just the two shafts on the radio. The knobs go on after the radio shafts are placed in the dash holes.

There is a slotted support as part of the dash - on the drivers side of the radio that uses a stud on the radio to support the radio.

My glove box is not in place, so I can take a picture of my radio from the back side.
Paul

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fander 
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12-09-18 09:09 PM - Post#2754025    
    In response to junky

I took the radio out but it was over 30 years ago.

That bar in the middle is what is causing me problems. I can't get the radio in by bringing it up from the bottom as the back of the radio hits the bar before the radio is lined up. I am wondering if the radio goes in above that bar and then slides forward.

I had the radio converted to AM, FM, and Aux by S&M Electro Tech in Blaine MN but there is no change in the external dimensions of the radio.

By the way I love the vintage air and I hope I don't have to reroute those hoses to get the radio in.



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junky 
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12-09-18 09:31 PM - Post#2754029    
    In response to fander

It looks tight, but doable. What specifically, are you hitting when you attempt replace the radio. From the picture, it appears that the distribution box might be in the way, but I just can't tell for certain.
I have been thinking of doing the same thing with my radio. Let us know how well it works when you get it back in.

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fander 
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01-09-19 09:25 PM - Post#2757004    
    In response to junky

I got my radio in. The fellows who installed the vintage air ran the duct work through a hole near the front of the dash instead of the hole near the rear of the dash. This didn't leave room to install the radio. I am happy with the radio. I have am/fm with aux input. I also ordered new speakers for the front and back from S&M Electro. A minor thing with the rebuilt radio is they use the original tuning knob which must still be controlled by a string as there is some play in the selector when changing stations. Radio looks original except there is a light showing am/fm/aux. The light is to the right side of the tuning dial by the numeral six and you can see the light in the picture.

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omarine 
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01-10-19 05:55 AM - Post#2757015    
    In response to fander

i think this looks great, and would like to do the same with my 61 radio. I also have vintage air and now know what to be aware of.

I currently have one of those retrosound vintage looking radios with Bluetooth and all the doo-dads.

would be nice to also replace those oval speakers in the dash with new ones.

thanks for the update on this.


cheers
Oscar


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Andy4639 
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01-11-19 07:59 PM - Post#2757165    
    In response to omarine

Glad you got it in. Looks awesome. It should sound great with the new speakers. Those oldies will sound much cleaner now I bet!


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