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Old 09-22-2012, 08:12 PM
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51 Radio

Looking to buy a complete but doesn't need to be working radio for my 51 F3.
Anything?
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:38 PM
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Try "joining" the antique radio forum and post a (free) classified ad. They're pretty good folk and most of them aren't out for a buck. They like to share the joy of old radios. Here:
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You '51-52 guys are a lot luckier than us '48-50 owners. I think, but not absolutely sure, that the truck radios are the same as the cars, or at least very close, so your supply is quite a bit larger than the old models. The '48-50 have a specific to truck radio and are very hard to find. I've found a few of them over the years but they hard to find.
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The 51-52 truck radios are the same as the 49-50 car radios. Apparently Ford had a big surplus of them and used them in the trucks.
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They are the same in configuation, but there are some dufferences.

The Truck Radios had Black ***** with both the push buttons and on/off, and station tuner.

Also some of the Deluxe car radios had an 8 tube inner and you turned the radio on & off with the left side tuner push button.

Bobj49F2 the radio from a 1949 Merc car will fit the dash of the 48-50 trucks exact confuration to the stamp out in the top of the Dash. Now you can't run the 51-52 Wiper motor with a radio in the 48-50, as it is center mounted.
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Bobj49F2 the radio from a 1949 Merc car will fit the dash of the 48-50 trucks exact confuration to the stamp out in the top of the Dash. Now you can't run the 51-52 Wiper motor with a radio in the 48-50, as it is center mounted.
Yes, I know about the Mercury radios, I have a couple of those too. You need to build a set of side brackets for the Merc radio to fit into the truck dash, I have a detailed drawing if anyone is interested. The Merc radio has somewhat the same differences as the other truck/car radios. The face bezel is painted beige on the truck, the Merc's are chrome. The truck uses essentially the same ***** as a '41 Ford car, the truck's floweretts are brown, the '41's are clear.

I tried to run the '51-52 wipers with the stock radio. I ended up butchering the wiper set up and it never worked correctly. I just recently installed a '48-50 factory dual vacuum wiper set up and it worked fine until the wiper unit stopped working for some reason. I haven't taken the time yet to look at it.
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Your right the Merc car radio is a little different, but it does fit the dash cut out.

I had on in my 1950 Pickup, and since I was repainting the dash pod I decided to do the radio from the Merc car at the same time. I got a real close match by mixing different hobby Paints "Testors", then air brushing the plates.

I had an extra dash pod and put them both side by side, and the color was bang on. Only thing different was the small grid pattern, it disappeared but how many even know its there.

On your vacum wiper those motors work better than some think they do. All they need is a little cleanup and some 3 in 1 oil or similar.

Where did you find the extra link arm for you 50 for the dual wipers. I was lucky and got an original from a Bell Phone Truck. Could have bought the Utility Box as wwell and i should hav, but thats water under the bridge.
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I got the dual set up out of the last parts truck I bought. It was a bondo bucket mess but it must have been a relatively low mile truck. Other than the massive amount of mud on the body almost all of the parts I salvaged were in really nice condition. I just sold the exhaust manifold from it. It came off the truck with ease and it barely had a pit on it. In fact, it was in better condition than the one on my F-2, I would have swapped it but I felt it was better to let sleeping dogs lay instead of disturbing everything and making more work for myself.
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The 51-52 radios come up on eBay from time to time. The Deluxe (car version) also had 6 push buttons and said Deluxe on the dial plate.

I have two 51-52 that are supposed to work (for my trucks), but not sure if I have another decent one.
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I've got the tube radio from my 52 F6 that I don't plan on restoring... it's a beast... LOL
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photos of radios for 51 & 52

you know,

My truck's radio is out, and I got a box of parts from my dad but I
don't know if the stuff he gave me was for the 51 or where the heck it came from.

any body got a photo of what a 51 truck radio looks like?
how about a 52?

I'll google this also but thought I'd ask it' would be nice to have some tunes, (I even have an old FM converter I could use) but I'd have to get mine fixed for 12 volt unless I can make it work with a voltage drop unit of some type.

Thanks!

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The correct 1951-52 truck radio is the 1949-50 deluxe car radio. It's the one with large chrome ***** that look like gears, and chrome push buttons. Any of the versions with plastic ***** are incorrect.
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This is a motorola 505, yes it has plastic *****... appears to be 1945-46 made. took a picture but sounds like you know what you want and this ain't it... worth the try however... good luck
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Hey Guys,
Thanks, that kinda looks like it but I dont think I have gear type *****, mine are smooth but,

I'll have to do a double check.

Just for kicks,

I found this link on repro radios....

Radios** |*** Speakers* |** Seat

in case anyones interested.

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