The Ford Torino Page Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > Model Specific Forum > 1972-1976 Ford and Mercury
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Stereos???
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Topic ClosedStereos???

 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>
Author
Message
gpd294 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 18-September-2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 1748
Direct Link To This Post Topic: Stereos???
    Posted: 07-January-2012 at 4:03PM
I'm getting close to adding a new stereo to my wagon. What are the rest of you guys listening too???  I am trying to stay within the factory locations (stereo head unit and speakers)  so I'm thinking a Custom Auto Sound 630 Stereo with 5 1/4 front door speakers with 6 x 9 speakers in the back cargo area. I remember my Dad adding 6 x 9's on the back cargo area plastic covers. I remember him drilling a whole bunch of small holes on the plastic cover and then covering that with the speaker grill. I think the factory wagon back speakers were smaller 4 x 6 or 8 maybe??? According to the FORD manual they faced upward, but my Dad's version (custom) faced each other, which is what I want to go with. The manual doesn't say what size speakers they were though.
 
Any other ideas on the stereo head unit or speaker brand is appreciated. Thanks for the help!
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
Back to Top
Psquare75 View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar
Member of the Stroker Club

Joined: 26-November-2005
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 4587
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-January-2012 at 4:18PM
If I were keeping the OEM dash I'd be doing a Retro Sound.


I didn't in my Cougar. I went with a (now dated) Kenwood EZ500.. Mainly because it 'looked' old.

Paul
77 XR7 460/C6/3.00:1 *SOLD*
78 XR7 523/C6/3.5:1
79 F100 460/TKO500/3.25:1
'I also have some left over potatoes-I understand you can generate electricity from them'- Foote500
Back to Top
lynchster View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 07-January-2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Status: Offline
Points: 1606
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-January-2012 at 5:05PM
Secret Audio is an option. You don't even see the head unit and you can leave the factory one where it's at.
  
Chuck
72 Gran Torino Sport
91 F-150
Back to Top
gpd294 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 18-September-2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 1748
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 6:40AM
I've researched both of these options, Retro sound and Secret Audio. The only thing I don't like about Retrosound is the Custom auto sound stereo USA 630 looks a lil more like the factory radio and the cost is a lil cheaper too. The Secret Audio is kinda pricey and would have to be hidden away somewhere.
 
Thanks for the input guys none the less. Is there a place that changes out the guts of factory radios to a more modern stereos?
 
Anyone else have any other options???  
 
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
Back to Top
Psquare75 View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar
Member of the Stroker Club

Joined: 26-November-2005
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 4587
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 6:42AM
I have a Custom Autosound in my F100. 

My cat can meow louder than the power this thing puts out. That and the simple aux input, IMO, kills it. 

Junk!
Paul
77 XR7 460/C6/3.00:1 *SOLD*
78 XR7 523/C6/3.5:1
79 F100 460/TKO500/3.25:1
'I also have some left over potatoes-I understand you can generate electricity from them'- Foote500
Back to Top
gpd294 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 18-September-2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 1748
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 7:38AM
Well that definitely changes things then. Thanks for the input Paul. First hand experience definitely goes along way! I read an article on the Retrosound stereos installed in a Mustang fastback Mustangs Plus is building in the last Mustang monthly magazine. I wasn't a big fan about the Ipod input being right there on the face of it. I think I'd rather have it hidden behind the stereo, but we'll see.
 
The search continues then. 
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
Back to Top
Psquare75 View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar
Member of the Stroker Club

Joined: 26-November-2005
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 4587
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 7:55AM
See that's what I hate about my CA unit. It just has a simple "aux" and no dedicated IPOD connector. So I still end up futzing around with the iPod while driving. The Kenwood I used, as well, doesn't have an iPod connector, just a simple set of audio inputs.. but they are behind the unit. 6 years later, they now have under $100 Kenwoods with universal USB connectors that read iPods AND have built in HD radio. Times change.. sigh.

Paul
77 XR7 460/C6/3.00:1 *SOLD*
78 XR7 523/C6/3.5:1
79 F100 460/TKO500/3.25:1
'I also have some left over potatoes-I understand you can generate electricity from them'- Foote500
Back to Top
unlovedford View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 17-December-2010
Location: Tennessee
Status: Offline
Points: 9613
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 8:26AM
Ha! My '75 has a 70's Kraco with Jet Sound speakers, the '73 has an original radio, the '76 has an early 80's Sanyo Bi-Amp with Sanyo Bi Amp speakers. Wow, things have changed, LOL!

Now, Blaupunkt, Harmon Kardon, and Rockford Fosgate make the tunes in our daily drivers. However, for it's time, that Sanyo really sounded good...
Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)
Back to Top
gpd294 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 18-September-2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 1748
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 10:41AM
Any other folks make updated stereos that fit like originals besides Custom Autosound and RetroSound???
 
I've looked on Ebay for old 2 shaft style stereos, but so far have come up empty. Dead 
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
Back to Top
occupant View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 23-October-2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Status: Offline
Points: 1969
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 11:32AM
You can find them on eBay, the older style ones. Search by brand name and then sort for the cassette, that'll get you started:

Jensen
Audiovox
Kraco
Sparkomatic
Sony
Kenwood
Pioneer
Sanyo
Alpine
JVC
Panasonic

Don't forget the oddball brands or the ones no one thinks of anymore:

Realistic
Motorola
RCA
Automatic
Learjet
Becker
Blaupunkt
Hitachi
Clarion

Just do a search for phrases like "shaft" or "old school" or "vintage" in categories like Electronics: Car Audio In-Dash Units, or eBay Motors: Vintage Car Parts: Radios and Speakers, or something like that.

For example, $149 is enough to get this Pioneer unit, and it even has an analog display with a real dial, not an LCD screen!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-School-Pioneer-KP-5011-Shaft-Style-AM-FM-Stereo-Cassette-/120818051686?pt=Car_Audio_In_Dash_Receivers&hash=item1c21512a66#ht_500wt_1413

Now you have me on a roll...$350 for a Pioneer SUPERTUNER model, analog dial, gorgeous, includes some speakers you could resell, and has a nice looking amp that appears to be small enough to hide up in the dash:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pioneer-Vintage-Super-Tuner-KPX-9000-TS-M2-TS-66-Surface-Mount-Speakers-AMP-/270889138281?pt=Car_Audio_In_Dash_Receivers&vxp=mtr&hash=item3f12403869#ht_500wt_1413

Same seller has a parts radios similar to it for dirt cheap, radio works, 1 broken pushbutton, tape player dead.

Edited by occupant - 09-January-2012 at 11:46AM
Back to Top
mule323 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 12-September-2005
Location: North Carolina
Status: Offline
Points: 603
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 11:47AM
Just do an ebay search for shaft radio. Quite a few on there.
             (Steve)
73 G.T.S. Fastback, 351C, C6
Back to Top
gpd294 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 18-September-2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 1748
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 12:07PM
I'll let yall know if I find something. Thanks for the help!
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
Back to Top
Psquare75 View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar
Member of the Stroker Club

Joined: 26-November-2005
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 4587
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 12:27PM
I have a Kenwood KRC-3006 with a trunk mount CD changer. That help you?


Paul
77 XR7 460/C6/3.00:1 *SOLD*
78 XR7 523/C6/3.5:1
79 F100 460/TKO500/3.25:1
'I also have some left over potatoes-I understand you can generate electricity from them'- Foote500
Back to Top
gpd294 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 18-September-2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 1748
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-January-2012 at 12:48PM
PM sent
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
Back to Top
Eliteman76 View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar

Joined: 20-March-2006
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Points: 4486
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-January-2012 at 12:17PM
I still use the 1987 Alpine deck my Mom or Brother bought for my Mom's old Ford Elite.
I am using a cassette adapter to plug into an iPod.

I have a bunch of old school kenwood amps and a EQ with the DIN cord setup, and yet to bother with installing them.
I have bigger plans for the stereo. Just need to up the alternator first for what I am planning.
Andrew
Back to Top
gpd294 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 18-September-2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 1748
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-January-2012 at 8:04AM
Be sure to post what you end up doing when you get to it.
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
Back to Top
TV 2M8O View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 20-September-2006
Location: Southern Ohio
Status: Offline
Points: 1613
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-January-2012 at 2:27AM
UNEARTHED A NOS PIONEER AM/FM/8 TRACK SUPERTUNER IN DASH STEREO in my parts cache. I also found my old cassette to 8 track adapter and all my old 8 tracks.

Now I need to hook up with a savvy electronics guru to figure out my amp, speakers, woofer, etc. Satellite radio would be nice too!




TV 2M8O OUT
JOE
1976 Gran Torino S&H season 2-4 Clone
Project Blog: http://tv2m8o.blogspot.com/
Back to Top
gpd294 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 18-September-2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 1748
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-January-2012 at 2:32AM
Nice find! I have a bid on an Alpine stereo on Ebay. I'm kinda leary about buying an old stereo, but I got lucky on my gauge cluster so I figure I'll try and keep the lucky streak going....But I'm kinda cheap so I don't want to spend all that much on a 15-20 year  old stereo. LOL
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
Back to Top
iangj View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 06-March-2009
Location: Fonthill, ON
Status: Offline
Points: 981
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-January-2012 at 3:06AM

If anyone needs a CD changer, I have a 10 disk Sony unit I'd like to get rid of. It is a FM modulator type.

Can send details and pictures if interested.

Ian Glyn-Jones
Fonthill, Ontario, Canada


Montego GT Registry
Forum; http://mmgt.forumchitchat.com/
Back to Top
unlovedford View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 17-December-2010
Location: Tennessee
Status: Offline
Points: 9613
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-January-2012 at 5:38AM
That is so cool.
Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 11.10
Copyright ©2001-2017 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.094 seconds.