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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Radio for 70 Impala

Looking for radio for my 70 Impala wagon. What other years would fit? I need something that will look like stock but not necessarily #s matching. The goal is to rip the insides out and install remote controlled mp3 player.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 06:20 PM
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Hey Alex,
Here is another "possible" solution....www.rediscoverradio.com. I have heard REAL GOOD feed back on this product.
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Interesting. I have seen new radios made to look like old ones but never heard about this little gadget. Thanks for the link.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 08:28 PM
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I have a Custom Autosound USA-04 that I am thinking of selling.

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Year: 1969
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Engine: 327 V8
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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I still haven't decided what I am really going to do. I have three options:

1. Leave my current setup which is a crappy AM/FM/Cass HU with mp3 player connected to it.

2. Upgrade HU with something current that's going to be moved to the glovebox as I do not want to cut the dash.

3. Get older radio and stick mp3 player in it (kinda DIY project).

What would you do? I am asking because I am adding amplifier and subwoofer so upgrading my crappy HU would benefit the whole system.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Update:

I have purchased NOS (1970s) Kraco AM/FM radio to put in the dash. It was a hard to pass $12 Ebay find. It looks pretty much correct for the year. Now, in the glovebox I put modern CD/mp3 player that comes with remote. On top of that I put 10" sub and 4 channel amplifier in the cargo area. Now I am happy :-)
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Your list of options didn't include

Having the old radio (or another just like it from ebay) gutted and modern innards put in. Called a 'conversion'.
http://www.vintageautoradio.com/inde...d=45&Itemid=54

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A new radio that is made to fit, without cutting and has old style looks to go with your car, but not does not look exactly like the stock radio. Usually called 'retro style' radios
http://www.casmfg.com/



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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2009, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I knew about those options but they are pricey. The first link (Vintage Auto Radio) charges $395+ for the conversion of 60-70s radios. That's steep. I built an amplifier for way less than that. Plus they claim 180W of power. Hard to believe without huge heatsink and running on tiny gauge 12V wire. My 4x75W amplifier is five times the size of my radio and needs at least 8AWG wire that runs directly to the battery.

Anyway, thanks for the links. Good for somebody that may have similar question. Once I finish my setup (still need to mount the IR repeater) I will post pictures.
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