Getting a Sound Implant

That's a radio install

This is not really so much a project but a simple upgrade to a factory AM radio in a car that did not come with one. And Yes! It is an UPGRADE! From NO radio to A radio!.

For normal people that's a radio install

Finally got around to getting the install done on the 65

Really pretty straightforward. I removed the radio delete panel and the ashtray assembly. The ashtray removal is more for visibility and maneuvering space. Removing the top dash grille gets you the top access to the radio wiring and the speaker well.

The radio was a swap meet unit that tested good and cleaned up nice. And the original cast knobs were intact and in good shape to boot! The radio is pretty easily fenagled in from under the dash through the dash faceplate area. A couple of nuts and washers on the stems and it is in. I got a new repop speaker from NPD so we are good. The only hunting expedition was for a hot for the radio and I found the factory drop over by the fuse box and simply ran a simple bullet style jumper from the fuse box area over to the radio.So with the addition of an antenna we have a whole upgrade.

Presto! Chango! We have an AM radio complete with noise er... music! A quick buzz with a 3/4 inch stepped drill bit in a known good location on the right fender allowed the new Ford (70ish) one piece stainless style antenna to be easily dropped in and fished through the kick panel. A plug and go install and it was complete.

After having to cut an access hole in my cover and tweedling with the screwing and unscrewing of the antenna I came across a neat flush storing mast that pretty much is a direct replacement for the full sized fixed unit so with a few minutes of time I swapped it in to the same spot and I now have a flush storing antenna. Simply putting it down flush for storing with the cover on.

OK! After that exercise in putting in the factory radio and an antenna I had a blinding flash of genious. Well, I thought so at least. A portable music box! I don't have to install a system in each car I can just take the box with me and plug it in. You can see the MUSIC BOX PROJECT here.