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61-62 Cadillac Owners Group => General Discussions => Topic started by: CAD161 on January 05, 2019, 08:37:33 PM

Title: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: CAD161 on January 05, 2019, 08:37:33 PM
Hey, has anyone put a retro sound radio in their 61?

Chris
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: Clewisiii on January 05, 2019, 08:46:00 PM
After Dans suggestion I will be using Redirad

https://redirad.com/
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: CAD161 on January 06, 2019, 12:45:13 AM
Thanks clewisiii,  I donít have the original radio .when I got my car it had an after market head Unit in it . I want to stick with Bluetooth and the modern convenience of a current radio.also itís easy to get here in Australia . Just wanted to see what it actually looks like in the 61 dash.  I can only find pictures in a 59.   
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: 1962sedandeville on January 06, 2019, 01:04:05 AM
Check out custom auto sound. I've used them in old corvettes and they look good and sound nice and have all the modern options
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: 1962sedandeville on January 06, 2019, 01:06:32 AM
After Dans suggestion I will be using Redirad

https://redirad.com/

I made my own one of these in a 71 c20 truck. It only costs about five bucks in stuff from radio shack. If you search the internet you can find instructions
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: CAD161 on January 06, 2019, 08:42:06 AM
Thanks 1962sedandeville, Iíll have a look. 
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: cadsquatch on January 09, 2019, 03:58:56 AM
I put a retro sound in my 61, it works, it looks ok, but I'm not really happy with how it fits - gaps around where the face come through the dash, has to mount to the bezel instead of the dash frame, had to install separate 3 position switch for the antenna.  For my 57 and 47 I'm going this route: www.randbvintageautoradio.com  He uses original radio case and puts new guts in it
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: CAD161 on January 09, 2019, 08:07:39 AM
Hey Cadsquatch, do you have any pictures of it in your 61?  Thanks.
Chris
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: cadsquatch on January 09, 2019, 08:37:08 PM
I'm at work now, I'll post some pictures when I get home in the morning
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: CAD161 on January 09, 2019, 08:53:17 PM
Cadsquatch,Thanks a lot.

Chris
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: Perk2 on January 10, 2019, 10:28:45 AM
I had my original radio looked over and then an integrated iPhone jack line installed.
Factory look, factory sound (used new original speakers), factory antennae, and now can play any tune directly from my phone...its not wireless bluetooth, but still very slick.
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: cadsquatch on January 10, 2019, 06:49:49 PM
Kinda hard to see but in the second picture the bottom sits back behind the bezel and the top sticks out. The radio face is flat and the bezel is angled back. Other then that I am happy with it, I only have 1 speaker right now and it still sounds pretty good
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: CAD161 on January 10, 2019, 09:22:03 PM
Thanks cadsquatch , yeah I see what you mean.  Itís a shame it doesnít fit perfectly but Iím yet to find anything after market/ reproduction that does.  Looks good enough for me are they the knobs that come with the it?
Chris
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: cadsquatch on January 11, 2019, 04:40:24 AM
I bought it from crutchfield.com and order the free installation kit that included knobs and adapter.
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_068LONGBC/RetroSound-Long-Beach-Long-Beach-C-Chrome-Face-Chrome-Buttons.html
I also bought a repop convertible top switch and installed it to operate the antenna.
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: CAD161 on January 11, 2019, 07:40:37 AM
Thanks for all your help cadsquatch really appreciate it

Chris
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: cadsquatch on January 11, 2019, 04:44:19 PM
Glad I could help
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: FINCADI on January 12, 2019, 11:23:34 AM
Chris,
I had the radio in my '61 Caddy converted by S&M Electro-Tech. I wanted to keep the stock appearance and operation and the end result was spot on. I opted for the AM-FM conversion, but you could also have other goodies such as Bluetooth added. (If I had it to do over I would have opted for the Bluetooth option).  I could not be more pleased with the quality of their work and the turn-around time was fairly rapid. Everything looks and works as it did prior to the conversion including the power antenna and wonderbar control (wonderbar works from the radio or foot control the same as it did before). To switch from AM to FM you just turn the left volume control knob on and off rapidly and it switches bands. I also ordered two new speakers and they fit perfectly, sound great, and came with wiring and connectors to make installation seamless.  The radio came back about 50% lighter in weight as all of the guts were replaced with new electronics. I have attached a photo showing that everything still looks stock. I tried to load a video of it's operation but it would not load.  Let me know if you want more information.  - Doug 
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: Clewisiii on January 12, 2019, 12:06:03 PM
Thank you for the recommendation. I have been trying to figure out how to remove my radios chrome parts for replating before I send the mechanism off for rebuilding. But after opening up my radio, and seeing how intricately the chrome buttons weave into the guts, I will need whoever rebuilds the radio to either send the parts back to me for chrome, or have it done themselves.

Can you give us an idea of the cost for planning purposes.
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: moefurd33 on January 12, 2019, 12:22:56 PM
those button actually are just pressed onto those steel shafts. If you clamp a small pair of vise grips to the shaft to pry against, the button should pry off,did it that way on my 63.
maurice
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: FINCADI on January 12, 2019, 12:42:02 PM
S&M Electro-Tech charged me $635.00 (April 2017) for the conversion, speakers and cleaning the radio dial and lens up.  Fortunately my radio was in pristine condition chrome wise so didn't need to re-chrome anything. -Doug 
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: FINCADI on January 12, 2019, 01:09:44 PM
Here is a video (shorter version so hopefully it loads this time) showing the operation of my radio following the conversion. - Doug 
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: 6Caddy2 on January 12, 2019, 01:45:01 PM
WOW!!! nice radio, I know that car very well!! looks good Doug, sounds great,  glad this came up, just getting ready to do something with my radio, was checking out the options for our radios, this option is good to know, more options are always better! thanks for posting Doug!
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: CAD161 on January 12, 2019, 08:17:27 PM
Thanks Doug, looks great something to keep in mind , I would have to find a decent donor radio first .my car did not have the original in it. 
Chris
Title: Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
Post by: CAD161 on January 13, 2019, 12:32:24 AM
Clewisiii, just saw some buttons on eBay , the pics may help you out with removing yours.
Chris