Does anyone post to this group about older cars anymore? I just wanted
to know it if it was worth my posting?
I own a 68 Ford Galaxie 500 and wondered if anyone had ever found a
modern radio that would fit in the original dash opening of 1968 full
Before I give into the hidden radio option or expensive conversion of
my radio to FM, I wanted to give the search for a modern radio one more
I think you're going to be out of luck on that one. IIRC, even the factory
radio took a different instrument cluster lens due to the band selector. I
seeing aftermarket radios installed in those cars and they looked really bad. I
know that anyone ever made a replacement specifically for that car. 1965-6, 67,
and 69-70 full size Fords had very specific and unique radios. Your only options
factory AM\FM radio or a conversion.
As far as conversions go, I can't see them costing much more than a good
radio. Gary Tayman, who is a frequent poster here, does conversions of vintage
radios. He would be the man to ask.
Do a bit of searching - I've seen companies that make radios for
those older cars with non-standard bezels, knob placements (both knobs
at one end) and even odder like mounted vertically or on an angle...
Not a lot of choices (one or two per face format) and not all the
fancy features (and not cheap) but they are out there. Call the
Restoration Parts houses like Dearborn Classics.
Now you know why the aftermarket audio industry got the Feds to
mandate a standardized horizontal radio opening and mounting system in
newer cars - that was Detroit's attempt to be the only source of the
radios, so they could charge whatever they wanted for them.
Which sometimes isn't bad - at least till the car is older and all
the oddball radio models are all discontinued...
--<< Bruce >>--
if you look, you will eventually find a stock radio for your car. it took me
5 years, but I found a stock am/fm for my 66 on ebay for $25. most of the
time, a stock am/fm for the 65/66 brings between $400 and $800 on ebay. the
one I got for $25 was pulled in 66, and wrapped up with both front and rear
speakers and sat for 40 years. it works perfect, and looks like a brand new
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