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Hot Rods Do you have a radio in your Hot Rod or Custom?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. Yes

    117 vote(s)
  2. Yes, I do but it doesn't work

    25 vote(s)
  3. Yes, I do but I never turn it on

    34 vote(s)
  4. No, I would rather hear the engine

    165 vote(s)
  1. Lil32
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
    Posts: 2,594


    radio/CD player under seat with 6 stacker in trunk
    plays Beach Boys or ZZ Tops
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  2. buikwag
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
    Posts: 472

    1. Buick Nailheads

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  3. Ralph Moore
    Joined: May 1, 2007
    Posts: 655

    Ralph Moore

    Don’t have one in my 31 coupe, or my daily driver.
    Never had one in my Harley either. Prefer the sound of great pipes to made up music.
    Of course if any station ever plays all Jimmy Hendrix, all the time, I’m in!

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  4. With worn out glass packs and a straight cut V8 Halibrand, added to wind noise, I can't hear somebody yelling next to me. No wonder I don't have one. Maybe in the sedan some day.
  5. 49deluxe
    Joined: Jun 1, 2008
    Posts: 144


    I have an original AM radio in my ‘49 chevy. It’s nothing fancy but I don’t have it to be fancy, I have it because its original and I love original.

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  6. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 3,964


    My coupe has no radio. At 60 mph with the windows down, and my loss of low range hearing, it would have to be cranked way up for me to hear it good enough to enjoy the music. I can however still carry on a conversation with my passenger without shouting.

    When I'm alone, I enjoy the quite of my own little world. There are times when I think I wouldn't mind having some music, but then I remember all the stuff that gets tied to the music and decide it isn't worth the effort to install something.

    The new truck won't get a radio either, I wouldn't be able to hear it at all. My old truck has a radio, I listen to it until I can't stand all the commercials (which isn't very long), then shut it off. When I drive my wife's car (mostly in the winter), I can listen to the radio in it. I can turn it up so I can hear it (the windows are up), but my wife keeps turning it down. Then all I hear is some high pitched sounds, and people mumbling. Gene
  7. my 33 pickup has a radio but I cant hear it with the old flowmasters going down the highway and Taboo doesn't have one either as the das was smoothed up in the early 90's
  8. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 23,211


    5-channel, 15" subwoofer, 1600W, quiet mufflers.
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  9. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    Got AM/FM Cassette in my 49 Chevy and AM/FM CD in my 40 and only use it for the clock to tell time going down the road.

    Camshaft and Twice Pipes is the only music I listen to.
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  10. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,107


    I have Retrosound in all three(Roadster/Hudson/Riviera). Modern radios with built in technology for today.
    They have a range of styles and faceplates that can be used for whatever era you want. I went with the same basic radio in all three cars so that I only have to remember one set of instructions to operate and change settings. Can't hear much in the roadster at speed though. The other cars are great.
    1 Roadster radio.jpg 2 Hudson radio.jpg 3 Riviera radio.jpg
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  11. Hmmm, not really sure if I have true Hot Rods or Customs......but 3 vehicles have radios (well, 2 but the 3rd one will). The ones that don't have radios are the louder ones that are music by themselves :).
  12. Rramjet1
    Joined: Mar 13, 2018
    Posts: 226



    Both of these have sound. The 50 has an original radio I converted to AM/FM Stereo with iPod input. Has an led at the top to tell you if you are on AM or FM or FM Stereo. I just installed a unit with an FM radio and MP3 player I got off of EBay in the 32. Really tiny unit. Came with nice small speakers I installed in the corners of rear window. Has surprisingly good sound. My trip back to Seattle from Montana after buying the car told me I needed some tunes on long drives.

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  13. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,206


    Not yet but could entertain it. Low on my list.
  14. hotrod1948
    Joined: Jan 17, 2011
    Posts: 512

    from Milton, WI

    Radio yes. Able to hear anything over the wind noise, mufflers, and road noise, no!
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  15. No radio, would rather listen to a lightly muffled flathead V8.
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  16. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,501

    Dave Mc

    Have one in my 29 Pickup that doesn't work . original AM Radio in my 53 Coupe Deville was Professionally restored , not working . My 33 never had one , My 48 Ford Coupe has one with a CD which I do like and use often. IMG_0201.JPG
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  17. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 3,300


    did you have to do much to the dash opening on your 48?

    I love driving with music, and a nice exhaust. I'm gonna be the guy bombing down the road blasting 80's thrash metal
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  18. I voted no I would rather hear my engine but the real truth is no I just don't have one.

    I did make a startling discovery about 15 or so years back. I was in a very light but not HAMB friendly pickup truck back in the early part of the century and driving to a photo shoot. It had a fair stereo in it and the local radio station for whatever reason was playing the worlds best late '60s early '70s rock. Well I got to rockin' and rollin' as did the little truck and I blasted right passed my photo shoot. It was then that I figured out that music is a distraction that I probably cannot afford in a vehicle that may get me into trouble.

    OK that's my rabbit trail for the day. I voted no I would rather hear my engine when the truth is that I just don't have one. ;)
  19. Roadster-No Coupe-Yes but reception is not good with the antenna under the car and then the engine noise. I think lowdug37 has the right idea. I would love to play this while driving a Hot Rod! If this music does not get you in the mood ,then you got no soul!
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2018
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  20. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 3,589

    ramblin dan

    Hot rods and Rock & Roll go hand in hand.

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  21. Yes, i put a big system in everything I build. I find that 1 watt per horsepower works out well for volume.
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  22. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,501

    Dave Mc

    My Brother traded for the 48 , a couple months before he passed away , The Radio/CD was in there when I inherited the car , so I can't say what needed to be altered if anything . D Mc
  23. There is one in the '50 coupe but I haven't tried it, it's a original AM and I guess if it does work it's probably just talk shows and colon-cleansing infomercials like LAROKE said. :D HRP
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  24. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 6,088


    I'd rather have no steering wheel than no radio. Even when the engine is sounding great, on a long drive it's like listening to the same song over and over again. Even a good one gets old after a while. I see no reason why you can't be creative and figure a way to put some tunes in the car without being obnoxious about it. It doesn't have to be a brand new Pioneer head unit sawed into an original dash.
  25. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
    Posts: 1,507

    from 1960

    Dana you are right-when we were kids no music was unthinkable! Now I find I care less and less about it so I have no radio in my cars.
  26. Mr T body
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 2,228

    Mr T body
    Alliance Vendor
    from BHC AZ

    Radio? Hell, it doesn't even have windshield wipers......
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  27. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,799

    from California

    I'd like to know how many of you without any radio in the car have a collection of music at home?
    I figure if you are not a big music person a stereo would be much less important since there is not too much to listen to on the radio any more.
  28. I have a large music collection at home. I always have a radio in any car quiet enough to hear the thing. Wind and engine noise makes it a waste of time to install tunes, in the RPU.
  29. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 23,508


    Page at his best...
  30. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 23,508


    500 in mine.....
    Wish I could say the same for my umm.... Wonna be cammer. :(
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