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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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1965 Radio delete

Hey guys.....got a '65 Impala with a factory radio delete plate. Does anyone know how to get the plate off without damaging the dash? Thanks for any help in advance.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 07:28 AM
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Delete Plate

It's removed from behind the dash, should have two studs threaded on the end with bolts. You should be able to access from behind the dash and remove it from there, otherwise you would have to pull out the dash.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 11:23 AM
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Take out the glove box and its easy to get to it. Also very helpful when installing a radio.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 11:45 AM
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I would also hold on to that radio delete plate as it is a very rare option that was usually found only on race cars or stripped to the bone municipal vehicles that rarely survived to modern times. Race cars were ridden hard, and put up wet so they are used up long before any one can restore them usually. The cheapo stripped down municipal car (meter readers or transport for supervisors of bus lines or fire stations) was driven 'til the wheels fell off, and then sold for scrap. As such there are few radio delete plates left.

If that radio delete plate fit a Camaro it would be worth hundreds of dollars to someone building a COPO clone. As it is the radio delete plate fits the car's dash and they are unique to the vehicle model, even though all cars used the same radio each car had it's own unique radio face plate to match the dash.

If someone where building a D/S clone of the 409 stockers that owned drag racing they would probably give you some good money for that piece of tin. A car built to look like Dave Striklers Ole Reliable (tuned by Bill "da Grump" Jenkins) or Ronnie Sox (ya he started his winning career in Chevy's) A/FX funny car would use such a plate.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Once it is removed, is the dash able to accept a radio? Didn't know if the dash would be different?
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 03:41 PM
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It was a plate that covered the hole stamped in the dash to accept a radio since it would be impossible to stamp it at the dealership. Once they have a hole 95% or so of the cars sold would have a radio of some kind (usually the cheapest option which was the AM radio that required you to tune each station with a knob). The same hole accepted every radio option offered with the exception of the eight track stereo tape deck which was mounted under the dash.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for all the great info guys. It is appreciated!
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