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Features What's on your.... AM radio?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by 1953naegle, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,534


    Do not have a working AM radio in any of my old rides,when I was building my 53 Olds years ago I had a some what working wonderbar radio for it that I had planned on getting rebuilt but the only AM station that played music changed format to talk/sports so from then on all got modern stereos. I do like the sound of a tube radio much better then the moderns stuff but I like music when driving,another thing is I do not think there is anyone locally now who can fix them.
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  2. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,774

    from oregon

  3. earlymopar
    Joined: Feb 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,242


    Conservative talk radio and most all stations
    are accompanied by static.

    - EM
  4. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,850

    from California

    back in the 80's when I had my 1962 Cadillac there was a great station for driving a 62 Cadillac, "Magic 61". it was all like Bing Crosby and those guys. I used to tell people I only get old stations on the radio like it was the Twilight Zone.
  5. Mimilan
    Joined: Jun 13, 2019
    Posts: 639


    If you have a good working AM radio, and are reasonably skilled with a soldering iron
    You can splice a Aux input phone jack between the "Tuner" and the "potentiometer" [volume control]

    When a 3.5 jack plug is inserted in the phone jack it switches off the tuner signal and redirects a signal from the jack plug.
    It still uses the stock potentiometer [on/off and volume control switch]

    Here's a schematic [note you need 2 resistors to convert stereo input to mono input]

    mono phone jack.PNG
    Here is one I made to hide the phone jack in the glove box [all you need is a 6mm or 1/4" hole to mount it]
    The whole exercise cost about $10 including some shielded wire [+ some patience]

    You can listen from an MP3 player or your phone via your AM radio

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Feb 19, 2020
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  6. Rush.

    I researched what Ed Roth used in the 1963 Mysterion show car. Realize in '62, transistors were still oddities. After market radios for cars didn't exist. It was still a couple years before the introduction of 8-tracks, several more before cassettes. I finally determined he must have used a Magnavox 110V tabletop stereo. I found one that looked right and made it work with a Harbor Freight 12V to 100V power inverter. Works like a champ. Rush is clear as a bell!

    body mount 7.JPG interior radio1.JPG 3aclean.jpg 1962_EdRoth_MysterionRecreation_45 small.jpg
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  7. Yutan Flash
    Joined: Aug 6, 2008
    Posts: 696

    Yutan Flash
    from Gretna, NE

    Bing bong Bing bong - weather and traffic together. News, Sports radio and Rush or Glenn Beck but there is a limp-dick computer-programmed oldies station in our area. Plus the occasional bible-thumpers, farm market reports and Mariachi bands..
  8. Desmodromic
    Joined: Sep 25, 2010
    Posts: 571


    As my parents used to say, "Yep the 30's and 40's had some good music. Too much garbage today".
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,117


    AM 1070 Classic Country. Wichita, Kansas. Or 1330 conservative talk radio.
  10. PhilA
    Joined: Sep 6, 2018
    Posts: 794


    Nothing yet- it's still all torn apart awaiting a recap. I've made a start on the 12V conversion, it's now got a 12V power transformer in from a later model radio, need to get some of the same model tubes with 12V heaters. Gonna retrofit a Bluetooth module inside, with a relay switched from the "connected" output so it's a regular AM radio but will play from my phone when it's set to connect in my cell when there's nothing on worth listening to.
    The original Sylvania radio from the car is a pretty good design, the power amplifier is the same that Fender used in their smaller guitar amps.

  11. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,314


  12. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,274

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    Anyone know how to filter out the ignition static on the AM band of my radio?

  13. XERB in Chula Vista BABY!
  14. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 4,142

    from Ioway

    Need to filter it out, as close to the source as possible, the usual suspects being ignition coil, generator/alternator armature, and armature contacts at the voltage regulator. The OEMs had "noise suppression" capacitors for this purpose. They look a lot like ignition condensers, but are a little larger in value.
  15. 1953naegle
    Joined: Nov 18, 2013
    Posts: 243


    That's exactly what I want to do. It's easy to pull music up on your phone and you can pipe it into the car speakers, but IMO the whole point of a car radio is for it to be insantly going when you start the car.

    There's 2 extreams in 1: being your own DJ and having to constantly keep track of the radio, and 2: being at the mercy of what's on the air-ways. I think the happy median is what people want. Having "their" music going with as little effort as possible.
  16. NWRustyJunk
    Joined: Jan 2, 2017
    Posts: 341


    I found an AM station that plays '60s and '70s out of McMinnville, Oregon. I also installed one of those RediRad doodads in my car. Now I can hook up a portable music player and play it through my factory dash speaker.
  17. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 920


    Huh, I didn't know they had comedy stations on AM!

    Around here we have HANK AM playing country mostly from the 60's-80's. It's better than almost everything on FM.
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  18. Mimilan
    Joined: Jun 13, 2019
    Posts: 639


    If you're not quite such an electronics circuitry geek but understand a basic electrical circuit [as in wiring a radio into a car] check out my thread on installing a hidden bluetooth amplifier.
    There is no knobs at all , it totally relies on a phone or MP3 player to control it.

    Since that thread we've added a door relay to switch off the sound system [because 57 Chevys don't have an accessory position on the ignition switch]

    The sound system works so well that we have added 2 more into our house [powered by a 12v 8a computer AC adaptor]
    I now have a totally hidden sound system in our home with the speakers hidden behind curtain valances
  19. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 548


    Hank, why do you drink and why do you smoke...............Love country from that era....
  20. Not attempting to turn this into a political shit storm but all afternoon I'm tuned into I Heart Radio listning to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Reason is my son does a lot of voice work for I Heart and Fox. Their political views are highly informative and entertaining but the AM static is kind of annoying along with the weak signal.
  21. ned5049
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 376


    KB radio 1520, Buffalo,N.Y. Could pick it up late at night clear down in Florida. Miss it.
  22. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 7,115

    jimmy six

    Angel/Dodger baseball, news/traffic when baseball’s not on, and RUSH LIMBAUGH from 9:00-12:00.....
  23. ned5049
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 376


  24. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,720

    from norcal

    My Dads Minnesota Dragways Trophys image.jpg
  25. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 2,492


    When we bought the wife’s Corvair and brought it home she sat in the driver’s seat and turned on the stock radio. When it didn’t come on instantly she said, “radio doesn’t work” and turned it off. I said,”give it a minute”. It not only came on, but it was on a distant oldies station, KVIN, the Vine from Modesto. The beginning of a beautiful relationship with our little Monza coupe.

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  26. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 4,142

    from Ioway

    ^^ Get those consoles tuned up with a fresh power supply and alignment and they really crank LOUD.

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