Author Topic: Retro sound radio in a 1961  (Read 578 times)

Offline Perk2

Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #10 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.
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Offline cadsquatch

Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #11 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
1961 Fleetwood 60 Special
1957 Fleetwood Series 75 Sedan
1947 Fleetwood 60 Special

Offline CAD161

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Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #12 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

Offline cadsquatch

Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #13 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.
1961 Fleetwood 60 Special
1957 Fleetwood Series 75 Sedan
1947 Fleetwood 60 Special

Offline CAD161

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Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2019, 07:40:37 AM »
Thanks for all your help cadsquatch really appreciate it

Chris

Offline cadsquatch

Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2019, 04:44:19 PM »
Glad I could help
1961 Fleetwood 60 Special
1957 Fleetwood Series 75 Sedan
1947 Fleetwood 60 Special

Offline FINCADI

Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #16 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 
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Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #17 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.
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Offline moefurd33

Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #18 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

Offline FINCADI

Re: Retro sound radio in a 1961
« Reply #19 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 
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