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Old 06-26-2010, 03:47 PM
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Pushbutton AM Radio

I thought I would share my lastest junkyard find, a Pushbutton AM Radio from a Canadian '63 F100. I read about these in some older '01, '02 posts, but the pictures were long gone? From what I've read, these were only available in Canadian Ford and Mercury trucks, not sure if they could have been in certain cars? Anyway, I thought it was kinda cool! Not sure if I'll ever use it, as my dash hasn't been hacked apart yet. More pics in my gallery.
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Mercury owners are drooling all over there keyboards.... Nice find!
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Thanks. I consider it to be a great upgrade to the radio I have now, whatever it is?
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Cool radio, since dash is already cut to fit I would install the AM radio. I prefer original appearance and considered installing a later model AM/FM/CD player in glove box when an FTE member posted a link to a company who has come up with a 'plug n play' type adapter where one can plug in there Cell phone, CD player, MP3, or simular device and does not appear to require any major refab., most important no chopping up the dash. Anyhow, watched the demo and looks interesting and the $130 cost for the equipment seems like may be the cheapest option.

Demo videos of the RediRad classic car AM radio adapter - in use

By the way, don't know how hard the 'MERCURY' tail gate is to come by may want to rescue the one in the pic, seen a good body may bring a tail gate in simular condition back to like new. Anyhow, food for thought!.
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That is a very cool radio. I am an AM talk radio junkie. I don't listen to much else when I am in my truck. I sent my stock AM radio to an antique radio rebuild shop. They went through it and added a hidden ipod plug in. The radio sound is great. I have only played my ipod on it once to test it. Too bad about your dash. Your radio would look great in the stock placement.
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That's a pretty neat radio, I have never seen one before. You learn something new every day.
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Thanks. I consider it to be a great upgrade to the radio I have now, whatever it is?
Chevrolet passenger car radio (note the bow tie emblem). I cannot recall the exact year, but it's circa 1959/61.

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The radio pictured in Post #1 may have come out of a 1963 Mercury pickup, but it's not original to the truck. In fact, it's not from any Ford or Mercury vehicle.

What FoMoCo radio had round push buttons after 1954? I dunno of any, and 1954 and earlier are 6 volt.

Only one style of radio was offered for 1961/66 trucks. It had no push buttons. The same basic radio was used in 1961/67 Econolines and 1966/77 Bronco's.
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Thanks for the comments everyone! I'm not sure if I would keep the radio original, replace the guts, and/or go with the "RediRad"? I'm trying to find a schematic for it, hoping that "CA-2TPT" is the model number or at least part of it. Maybe a schematic might refer to the company (Canadian, I assume) that built them.

Other FTE Members have posted that their Mercury Trucks had this style of radio, one claimed it was "a $90 option in 66"? Unfortunately, they didn't post any pictures. I have only seen two other pictures of this radio, one from FTE Member, James in British Columbia. Check out his 1965 Ford F250 Gallery. He claimed that it was an original radio.

NumberDummy, if these radios aren't "factory", isn't it possible that they were installed by Canadian Ford/Mercury dealers?
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Thanks for the comments everyone! I'm not sure if I would keep the radio original, replace the guts, and/or go with the "RediRad"? I'm trying to find a schematic for it, hoping that "CA-2TPT" is the model number or at least part of it. Maybe a schematic might refer to the company (Canadian, I assume) that built them.

Other FTE Members have posted that their Mercury Trucks had this style of radio, one claimed it was "a $90 option in 66"? Unfortunately, they didn't post any pictures. I have only seen two other pictures of this radio, one from FTE Member, James in British Columbia. Check out his 1965 Ford F250 Gallery. He claimed that it was an original radio.

NumberDummy, if these radios aren't "factory", isn't it possible that they were installed by Canadian Ford/Mercury dealers?
In 1965, Ford introduced the Ranger, a plush truck (for the time) that came with bucket seats and carpeting, a vinyl drape that covered the fuel tank and other amenities.

IMO...if FoMoCo had a radio like the one pictured with pushbuttons on it...doncha think Ford woulda offered it in Rangers?

The only radio available in Rangers was the same el cheapo non push button unit offered in all the other 1961/66 trucks.

There is no radio like the one pictured listed or shown in the 1964/72 Ford truck parts catalog which includes parts used on 1965 Canadian trucks.

I'll believe it's factory...when and if someone comes up with a 1961/64 Canadian only parts catalog that shows/lists it, or a 1961/66 Canadian only truck accessory brochure with the same info.

What CA-2TPT refers to, I haven't a clue. Is FoMoCo in script surrounded by an oval reverse embossed on the chassis?

Is there an ID number like C1TB-18806-AA marked anywhere? Have you removed the bezel to see if there's any numbers marked on the backside of it?

Since FoMoCo didn't offer any radio after 1954 with round push buttons for any vehicle...why would they offer one for a 1961/66 Canadian only truck?
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NumberDummy: Good points, thanks! I do have a Ford of Canada brochure for the 1965 Ford/Mercury Light Duty truck line. There are pictures of the interior dash, but none show a radio of any kind? I signed up with an Antique radio forum and a Philco radio forum, so maybe someone there will know what that code engraved on the side means? I'll carefully take the radio apart to see if there are any other numbers on it. There was a tiny sticker on the bottom, it noted "Union Made"? Not much to go on, but I'll post some more pictures when I get a chance.
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My dad was an Olds Dealer for decades. When I was a young un' my mom would see to it that dad took me to the dealership on weekends and during the summer (I was a PITA even back then!).

What job I usually performed was washing and vacuuming out used cars, detailing engines. When you've worked on as many vehicles as I have, you could prolly ID every radio, hood ornament, engine and etc.

Besides being a dealership brat, a Ford partsman for 35 years, and in the car hobby since 1956, I've owned over 331 FoMoCo, GM, ChryCo, Studebaker/Packard, Nash/Hudson vehicles, mostly from the 1950/60's.

What this radio is from, I haven't a clue.
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Well, I took the bezel off and there were no markings or other part numbers, but now I see how tuner indicator works! That white plastic tube on the right of the bezel was pushed onto that pin by the right bulb. When you move the tuner **** or push one of the buttons, the pin moves in and out, pulling on the plastic tube that's connected to the orange tuning indicator on the front of the bezel. Not that interesting, I guess, for those who have taken their radios apart before?

Anyway, I know that you can't really believe everything you read on the Internet, but I found a link that seems to acurately decode the markings that are stamped on the right side of my radio!

Decoding Ford Radios and 8-Tracks

Blank = AM
2 = 1962
T = Transistor Radio
P = Philco
T = Truck
Blank = Front Speaker Only

Although not specifically noted, I would have to assume that "CA" denotes a Canadian made radio. I also didn't decode the Warrenty Plate info from the '63 Ford I pulled this radio from, I simply went by the grille. It seems reasonable that a radio built in late '62 could have been originally installed into a '63 pickup?

If anyone has a spare Bendix AM radio laying around, maybe they could post a pic of the side markings to see if it translates as per this web site?

NumberDummy, I hope someone will post a Canadian Parts Catalog that clearly identifies my radio, as that would be the best proof of its authenticity. It would be great if someone could post their originial Canadian Invoice, but as you have mentioned before, most of us didn't buy our Slicks new!
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Hmm, seem to have lost a picture from my last post? Here it is again.
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Puzzling to say the least. I don't remember ever seeing one like this, doesn't mean I haven't. I use to service radios years ago and I still have my paperwork/diagrams. I am wondering a few things. One is could this be a non ford made item that a vendor or a group of vendors got to install in the trucks? There were a few aftermarket radios made out there. I think automatic was one brand. Those types were sometimes not marked as well. Could it be from a mopar vehicle? It looks similar to those as well. I looked through my books and could not find a reference to a ca-2tpt in any ford,mercury,bendix,automatic or mopar radios. Another thing I wonder about is the screws. The odd head type on the case, most fords I remember used the 1/4 screws to hold the case together, most brands did. If I remember correctly most Americian made ones used the 1/4 screws and you would see the different types in aftermarket or foreign car radios. Does it have any other names,numbers,etc on the case other than what you see in the photos? If there words on the top of it? Have you had one of the covers to the top off so you can see the electronics? If so do you see any names on the parts? IF you have it off take a picture and post it. Anyway thats a stumper. If you get any more info post it and I will look again.
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Is there any kind of a casting number on the backside of the faceplate..OR an oval with FoMoCo or similar in it ???

Ive never seen a pushbutton in a Ford truck prior to 1967 model year...Last Cdn truck I saw ...a 64...had the same radio as Ive seen in every US Ford built truck from 1961-6

Furthermore, after looking at my collection of truck radios, every last one of them has FoMoCo stamped into the chassis itself...in the oval...huge stamping...

Additionally...if you look at the dash in the button holes...the last 2 button holes on the right for the pushbuttons...the holes connect...and the holes for the shafts are of 2 different sizes....


I CAN POSITIVELY PROVE THATS NOT A FoMoCo radio...you see that sticker where it says "Important"...the part number on that sticker is NOT NOT NOT any kind of a FoMoCo p/n...GM has all numbers(7) Mopar has 8...like the sticker...thats NOT an original radio...





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