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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 9:24 pm 
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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,

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Mounting
PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 10:20 pm 
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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!

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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!

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Mounting
PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 12:59 pm 
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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 .

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 7:44 am 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio Mounting
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 8:37 pm 
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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 :?:

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:10 am 
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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!

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