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Radio Mounting

Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 9:24 pm
by osholt
Hello again,

I replaced my centre console today as the old one was in particularly bad shape.

The old one had a modern DIN radio just sitting in the hole above the heater with a bit of chipboard nailed to the wood surround to act as a platform. Under heavy acceleration it had a tendency to slide out.

I want to put a period radio in but I am unsure how to mount it or secure it. The hole for the radio is not a perfect rectangle; how do you normally cover up the gaps?

If anyone has any photos of their centre console with a radio fitted that would be very helpful.

Any general advice in this area would be welcome.

Thanks,

Oliver

Re: Radio Mounting

Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 10:20 pm
by johnnydog
Hi Oliver,
The radios of the period were usually those with two control knobs - one for on/off, sometimes with a rearmost twist ring for tone control, and the second knob for manual tuning. The knobs pulled off the spindles to reveal two small nuts. There were special brackets that were offset by the depth of the wood trim and located behind the edge of the wood, and fitted round the control knob spindles, and these brackets were secured by a facia plate and the two nuts. The knobs then fitted back on the spindles.
The depth of the period radio was a lot shallower than single din radios of today, hence the common use of a additional piece of old Triumph wood to position the modern radio further out of the recess. Some Triumph specialists do a kit for fitting a modern radio that effectively repositions the radio further out to clear the heater, but I personally prefer keeping a period style radio rather than a modern all singing and dancing set!
You can get period radios that have been modified internally for FM, and they also have a iPod or MP3 connections etc (I'm a bit clueless about these type of things though!) whilst retaining their original look.
Hope the fitment bit makes sense!

Re: Radio Mounting

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:59 am
by Charles H
You can buy modern radios with all the singing and dancing Bluetooth etc etc that look like period radios and are only half the depth of the usual units. Phil Smith is in the process of doing this. I will ask if he can post some more details!

Re: Radio Mounting

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 12:59 pm
by pete lewis
you may need a plastic filler panel to make it DIN fitting size eg

https://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/Item--i-GRID008670

also available from others .

Pete

Re: Radio Mounting

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 7:44 am
by Clifford Pope
Remember that FM is shortly to be abolished, so the choice will be a period radio that doesn't work or an old one converted to DAB.

Re: Radio Mounting

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 8:37 pm
by johnnydog
I'm sure there will be a small DAB adaptor or receiver that will be available relatively cheaply for FM /AM only car radios like there was the 'digi box' when TV signals went digital.
Hopefully it will be small enough to fit discreetly in classic cars so that the original radio can be used :?:

Re: Radio Mounting

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:10 am
by Mike Stevens
Clifford Pope wrote:Remember that FM is shortly to be abolished, so the choice will be a period radio that doesn't work or an old one converted to DAB.
I think that idea has been delayed. I certainly hope so! The frequency range released by 'selling it off' (like they did with analogue TV) is quite small in comparison and hardly worth the ensuing hassle. Mind you, we are talking about politicians!

Cheers,
Mike.

Re: Radio Mounting

Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 4:19 pm
by Phil
Following on from Charles suggestion. I have just purchased this Kenwood Radio as it has no CD player it is shorter front to back.
It still has the bells and whistles though FM / DAB inc DAB aerial (stick on screen) USB Bluetooth playback and Hands Free, although not classic look it is quite plain. The console had been altered with a raised piece of wood to convert the 1 1/2 Din to single Din and to give space for the CD player to fit in.
We decided to let in piece of plywood to fill in the 1/2 Din. As we were re doing the veneer this patch would be completely covered

eBay item number:401262763732

As the car had stood for a number of years with the windscreen leaking most of the lacquer had blown as had a lot of the actual veneer. I'm not a great fan of the burr walnut look and Stags I've seen done with American Walnut that is supposed to be what was original used look too dark to me. I decided to use Teak and ordered enough to do all the wooden bits.



The rest of the wood is in various states of varnish to be fitted once its ready.


ImageIMG_1888 by Philip Smith, on Flickr

Re: Radio Mounting

Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 4:23 pm
by Phil
With the Veneer fitted

ImageIMG_1887 by Philip Smith, on Flickr

Re: Radio Mounting

Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 4:25 pm
by Phil
Please excuse the mess around the console its very much work in progress

as you can see I'm short of Heater Knobs

ImageIMG_1891 by Philip Smith, on Flickr

Phil