Good inexpensive radio for my '71 -- recommendations?

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JLT
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Re: Good inexpensive radio for my '71 -- recommendations?

Post by JLT » Thu Sep 09, 2021 4:58 pm

This is that report:

Since the docking part of the DIN slot didn't match the original Dual one, I swapped them out. The wiring harnesses were also different (no surprise there), so I spent many a tedious moment cutting what I could off the old harness and splicing it into the new. Thankfully, the speaker wire color coding was identical, so that reduced the fumble factor.

One point: when I got the radio, it came with this antenna connector that looked like a coax connector, rather than the almost universal antenna socket. I drove around to some so-called car stereo shops, asking what sort of adapter was needed and where to get it. They had no clue. Finally, I went to Best Buy and got to talking with another customer. He looked at the radio and said "You don't need no stinkin' adaptor." He then proceeded to pull out the "coax socket" which turned out to be an adaptor. The hole that was left was, of course, the traditional antenna socket. And those so-called audio experts didn't know about it. And the owner's manual didn't say Word One about it. Sheesh.

The radio seems to work fine, although making all the setting changes will require a bit of rehearsal. I'll figure it out the next time I have some time to spare. But it looks like it will do what I want it to do.
-- JLT
Sacramento CA

Present bus: '71 Dormobile Westie "George"
(sometimes towing a '65 Allstate single-wheel trailer)
Former buses: '61 17-window Deluxe "Pink Bus"
'70 Frankenwestie "Blunder Bus"
'71 Frankenwestie "Thunder Bus"

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Re: Good inexpensive radio for my '71 -- recommendations?

Post by Amskeptic » Wed Sep 22, 2021 8:26 am

JLT wrote:
Thu Sep 09, 2021 4:58 pm
I went to Best Buy and got to talking with another customer. He looked at the radio and said "You don't need no stinkin' adaptor." He then proceeded to pull out the "coax socket" which turned out to be an adaptor. The hole that was left was, of course, the traditional antenna socket. And those so-called audio experts didn't know about it. And the owner's manual didn't say Word One about it. Sheesh.

I love moments like that ... a customer told me that although her twelve year-old Kitchen Aid dishwasher worked OK, she never liked the blue trim. I peeled off the blue protective plastic and it was chrome underneath (really nice actually after 12 years of protection). She was agog.
Colin
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,730 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,865 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 132,040 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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JLT
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Re: Good inexpensive radio for my '71 -- recommendations?

Post by JLT » Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:30 pm

I assume that the owner's manual that came with the dishwasher said something about peeling off the blue plastic that protected it. The OM that came with the radio didn't say squat.
-- JLT
Sacramento CA

Present bus: '71 Dormobile Westie "George"
(sometimes towing a '65 Allstate single-wheel trailer)
Former buses: '61 17-window Deluxe "Pink Bus"
'70 Frankenwestie "Blunder Bus"
'71 Frankenwestie "Thunder Bus"

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