Wanting to install a retro looking radio

Discussion in 'Car and Home Audio' started by 65restomod, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. 65restomod

    65restomod In Fourth Gear BRONZE MEMBER

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    Surveying the needs of the '65 I see it is in need of a good radio.
    2 owners ago installed a stereo and pulled it when he sold it to the last owner, dash had been hacked up a little to fit the radio.
    PO found a radio dash trim and had the plastic chrome redone so now it looks good but no radio.
    There was a Ford AM radio in the dash when I got it but it is not working.
    I took delivery of the car with 2) 6X9 Road Master RS900 3 way speakers in wooden boxes behind the seat I would like to use them with a FM radio that will fit in the dash.
    I did a quick look up on the speakers and found good and bad comments on them but some technical site say they can handle 400 watts?
    Any ideas on what radio can be used to drive those speakers?
    I prefer not to add door speakers or cut up the kick panels. I know there are some speakers incorporated into new kick panels.
     
  2. colnago

    colnago In Overdrive

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    If you want to drive the speakers at 400W, you'll probably need a stereo with preamp outputs, then wire them up to a dedicated amp that you install behind the seats, next to your speakers. Then find a good audiologist, because you'll probably blow out your ear drums.

    If you only want to drive them at more normal listening levels, you'll probably need to find stats on the resistance of the speakers, then find a stereo that is matched. There are only a couple of stereos that I have found that will fit the dash space. You can find them on amazon or eBay. They won't fit the Deluxe radio trim, unless you remove the bar separating the buttons from the display.

    Will you wire up the dash speaker at all?

    Joseph
     
  3. 72GTVA

    72GTVA Administrator Staff Member

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    Have you looked at Classic Auto Sound? A few members here have used them...

    http://classicautosound.com/radios.php
     
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    Hillbilly In Maximum Overdrive

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  5. pmrphil

    pmrphil In Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    That would be Richard, he's great to deal with - he's done my 67 Ranchero radio and my 64 Sprint. Both with AM/FM/ Ipod plug. Right around $500, but well worth it.
     
  6. beerbelly

    beerbelly In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    I can tell you that based on the reviews of both Custom Auto Sound and Retrosound, I went with Retrosound. I know just enough about stereo stuff to be dangerous, and the number you really want to look for is RMS power per channel. It often times seems low, but it's the rating level for the cleanest, most pure power, like high-end home stereo stuff. Anyone that claims "300 watts per channel" for an inexpensive unit is using a very noisy rating system, meant to sell cheap radios to young kids.

    Here's the unit I bought, which is designed for early Falcons/Rancheros:
    https://www.retromanufacturing.com/products/1964-66-ford-falcon-laguna-radio?variant=32868511694

    Colnago is right- if you have the Deluxe 4-piece plastic dash (like I did), you would have to remove the bar between the display & the buttons. But I removed my dash parts because they were in poor condition, sold them on ebay for $400 and converted to a steel dash with a Mustang gauge cluster. I plugged the Deluxe dash mounting holes with black plastic plugs, and used one of holes for the Retrosound AUX cable, so I can plug in my iPod Shuffle. I also made a "boom tube" out of some 4" ABS pipe and installed some long-throw mini bass speakers in each end, then mounted it under the package tray. It keeps the floor area open for other road trip stuff.

    I also installed the Rhino kick panel/speaker set. Very happy with that, but I did decide to move the headlight dimmer switch about 1" closer to the center of the car for easier access.

    IMG_7204.JPG 3.5mm plug.JPG IMG_7266.JPG
     
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  7. colnago

    colnago In Overdrive

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    BB,

    I like your install. It's giving me some ideas about what I can do in my '64.

    Joseph
     
  8. 65restomod

    65restomod In Fourth Gear BRONZE MEMBER

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    Thanks for the info BB but the dash bezel/trim is pretty well near untouched and was just had the plastic rechromed just before I got the '65 so it would be sad to modify it. Plus, I gather it it is hard to find the Deluxe radio trim on good shape.
    I do like the look of your set up though.
     
  9. 65restomod

    65restomod In Fourth Gear BRONZE MEMBER

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    I am in contact with Richard , I just sent him a photo of the trim he has to see what he has.
     
  10. pmrphil

    pmrphil In Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    You most likely will have to find a 65 Falcon/Ranchero radio for him to convert - either year (64 or 65) will fit, but the dial faces are different. You might try Falcon Club of America chapter(s) near you, or online.
     
  11. 65restomod

    65restomod In Fourth Gear BRONZE MEMBER

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    I have a nonworking radio that came in the vehicle.
    As per last owner, 2 owners ago had installed a aftermarket radio and cut up the original trim and dash to fit the radio.
    I think last owner said he found a radio and trim to fit and did a quick install to sell vehicle.
    I sent picture of the old radio and trim.
    He said he might have one
     

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