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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-02-2011, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Radio Choices For 68 w/Console???

I searched and have ruled out the "Custom Auto Crap" as described by many. I doubt Ken Harrison is any/much better. I see others listed as "Non Console" applications. I am seriously considering sending an original AM radio to Mike Hagan for conversion, and that looks like the only good option I have at this point. Wondering if their are any newer units on the market that anyone here has used and is happy with? Again, this is to go in a 68 WITH padded console. Thanks

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-02-2011, 09:49 PM
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I think the radios are the same for console and non-console cars. The only thing different would be the knobs. They are longer on cars with a console. Maybe someone else will chime in, but pretty sure the radios are the same.
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The radios will be the same. Only difference I know of might be the knobs. I can't remember if they are a little longer than non console knobs. I've had the same radio in a non console car and a console car without problems.
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You can find AM/FM radios on E-bay (I think there's one currently up for bid). "68 through '73 are all pretty similar, with minute differences, if you're not going concourse. NPD sells the longer console type knobs, $40+/-.

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I know, I know, but five years ago CJ had a nice selection of updated radios that were look-alikes to the originals, so I ordered one for my old '68. It was a perfect fit, and sounded great. You couldn't tell without being an expert that it was aftermarket. I don't know if they still have them, though.

My new '68 has a modern radio with a friggin DVD player from the previous owner. I am planning on replacing that asap. One thing I noticed is that the mount sticks way too far out for my taste, so that's something to take into account.

I'm sure people in '68 would cringe at the thought of a DVD player in a Mustang. If they knew what DVD players were back then. Ha!

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Could always do what I did. Took a pioneer radio marked the console with a pencil and used a dremel to carefully enlarge the hole. I'll take pictures tomorrow.
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Chris, and others... looking forward to seeing pics of minor customization. Lee

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The radio bezels are the same size/mount for console/non cars right?
My original was in good shape so I picked up an original off fleabay that someone had already drilled some holes in and dremeled it out to fit a DIN radio. I tend to overdo things so I made and alum. bracket to support the radio better.






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