Radio advice

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Radio advice

Post by Chris82 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:08 am

I am looking for some advice on installing a new radio. I would ideally like a DAB radio with a USB connection for an ipod but I really don't want to cut the dash or locate the radio elsewhere. I did find something that might be suitable on the link below but its seems incredibly expensive and doesn't have the 'standard' 45w/50w per channel so not even sure how good it will actually sound. Any advice would be much appreciated.

https://www.retrocarstuff.com/shop/clas ... -san-diego

Also does anyone know where a might be able to source a MK3 grey gear gaitor as mine has had it really? Thanks

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Re: Radio advice

Post by D366Y » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:31 am

I know a lot of us have modern radios in our cars, but I think that unfortunately the majority will be because it has been re-located elsewhere or have a chopped up dash - £300+ does seem like a lot when moving the radio somewhere else means you can get a bog standard £30 car radio and move the wires around.

Also means that you can leave the original radio in place to keep the look as well

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Re: Radio advice

Post by Noel » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:10 am

That retrosound radio comes with an amplifier option, and has been done successfully by members of this forum, for example here:

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=53449

That is expensive, but is the only option if you don't want to move the radio, and don't want to cut the dash either.
Cutting the dash isn't a big deal in my opinion (but I would say that cos mine was already cut), but maybe get hold of a second hand dash panel that's already cut and keep your nice one in the loft?

Gear lever gaiters readily available from Capri Club in leather or they might have some vinyl originals. Capri Gear may have some too.
Always check those suppliers first.

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Re: Radio advice

Post by Jasonmarie » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:46 am

I do have the retro radio what John got me as he upgraded his and the sound is fantastic we both have the amp and the speakers that fit straight in from there as well .
Also you could put the old radio back in if needed .

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Re: Radio advice

Post by Not_Anumber » Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:09 pm

There seem to be some very cheap copies of the Retrosound stereos on Ebay currently, I wonder if anyone on the forum has tried them.

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Re: Radio advice

Post by Chris82 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:13 pm

Thanks very much for the advice. Does sound pretty good even through my desk top speakers! I do really like the simplicity of the front of the unit just need to think if I am going to spend that kind of money, as would really like to keep the radio in the correct position and not cut the dash.

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Re: Radio advice

Post by STEVEW » Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:11 pm

Hi Chris82

I suppose it depends on how much you want to spend.
The Capri that we bought came with an oversized radio that flashed green and blue and was wired into two awful door speakers and two massive Mac speakers on a self-constructed rear timber-framed parcel shelf. Naturally, this mobile disco was ripped out.
A replacement genuine Ford radio was bought on Ebay and then sent off to, "Tadpole Radios" (www.tadpoleradios.co.uk)
They gutted it and installed what they term the, "Standard Conversion".

In other words, externally it looks like what it is however, technically it's a modern radio into which a smart phone can be plugged.
This conversion cost £450 which included VAT with tracked postage to France.

It's wired into two period Blaupunkt door speakers from an '82 BMW. The looks and the sound is great.

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