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Username Post: 61 Impala radio        (Topic#372530)
Sal 
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02-04-23 04:03 PM - Post#2854123    

what is the correct radio for a 61 Impala bubbletop? is it the one with pushbuttons with the letters CHEVY?
thanks



 


58Yeoman 
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02-04-23 04:18 PM - Post#2854124    
    In response to Sal

The radio in my 1961 Impala convertible had the Chevy letters on the pushbuttons. I believe the front of the 1962 Chevrolet radio looks the same as the 1961 radio but did not have Chevy letters on the pushbuttons.

1958 Chevrolet wagon (Yeoman)
1961 Impala convertible
1958 Impala coupe (parts car)


 
Sal 
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02-04-23 04:28 PM - Post#2854125    
    In response to 58Yeoman

Thats exactly what I read somewhere on the internet
thanks for the information, now I know for sure



 
327 
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02-04-23 06:53 PM - Post#2854128    
    In response to Sal

Yes that is correct.



 
327 
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02-04-23 06:57 PM - Post#2854129    
    In response to 58Yeoman

Yes that is correct. Also the 1961 radio was a tube type. Then in 1962 they were transistor.



 
dgstarr 
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02-05-23 11:08 AM - Post#2854150    
    In response to 327

You guys are correct accept for one thing. The 61 radio is a transister radio.



 
doubleE 
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02-11-23 02:20 PM - Post#2854391    
    In response to dgstarr

  • dgstarr Said:
You guys are correct accept for one thing. The 61 radio is a transister radio.


Not true! The 61 was maybe a high-bred tube/transistor but the 62 was 100% transistor. Easy to tell when you first turn the radio on - the 61 took a moment for the tubes to warm up, the 62 was almost instantly on.

Growing up in the 50s and 60s, remembered how Amazing and magical those "all transistor" radios were when they first came out.

Oddly I had a 62 Vette with the Wonder-Bar radio and it still had tubes in it as I had to take it apart to replace the tube that made the signal detection wonder bar function. And it took a few seconds to warm up before your heard audio.
Eric

Proud owner of My Blue 62 Impala SS


 
dgstarr 
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02-13-23 11:12 AM - Post#2854443    
    In response to doubleE

My 61 with a Delco push button radio did not require a warmup, it must have had a 62 radio installed as a replacement.



 
rrausch 
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02-13-23 04:48 PM - Post#2854454    
    In response to dgstarr

Is it possible different factories installed the all-transistor radios at different dates in '61-'62, as they ran out of the tube types?

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
58Yeoman 
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02-13-23 05:01 PM - Post#2854455    
    In response to dgstarr

Does the radio in your 61 have the letters CHEVY on the front edge of push buttons? If not, it may be a 62 radio.

1958 Chevrolet wagon (Yeoman)
1961 Impala convertible
1958 Impala coupe (parts car)


 
dgstarr 
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02-13-23 07:24 PM - Post#2854460    
    In response to 58Yeoman

I owned the 61 in 1964 and can't remember all of the details. I had a 60 Impala after the 61 and remember that the radio had a warnup time.



 
62sedan 
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02-14-23 07:47 AM - Post#2854469    
    In response to dgstarr

Remember that Delco was not the only producer of radios available. Motorola was also a supplier, and they could have been installed by the dealer as they were an avenue for the dealers to make a few extra bucks over what a factory installed unit would bring them at final sale.

I still have a complete NOS Motorola TRANSISTOR unit I bought in 2004 but never used.

Chuck






 
Tony1963 
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02-19-23 11:41 AM - Post#2854709    
    In response to 62sedan

  • Verne_Frantz Said:
'62s were also transistor radios. The '61s had tubes to warm up.

Verne




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Edited by Tony1963 on 02-19-23 11:42 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
omarine 
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02-20-23 07:15 PM - Post#2854812    
    In response to Sal

If anyone is looking, i have an original 61 radio…

Cheers

61 Impala bubbletop, 283, 2bbl Rochester, generator, points and drum brakes- daily driver
'49 Harley Davidson FL - Panhead


 


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