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Old 04-26-2014, 04:38 PM
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AM/FM Radio

I have a 77 short bed I am working on. It came in many pieces. I decoded the radio to find it is an 84 AM/FM. I want to put the correct radio back in. I dont care if the numbers are not correct, I care about the look and the fit. I have read on line that they are slightly different. Can anyone confirm that or shed some light for me? Thanks
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:05 PM
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The radios used in 1973/79 F100/350's and 1978/79 Bronco's are unique, will not fit any other FoMoCo vehicle.
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Is there a certain code or number stamped on the radio that I should look for? I want to look for the am fm stereo radio for my truck. Thanks.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:37 AM
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There is an engineering number stamped on the left side of the radio chassis.
I'm not sure exactly what numbers were used over the years but I would say that you need to look for numbers that start with D3T through D9T.
The "D" is the '70s decade, the "3" is the year and the "T" is truck.
Any radio in this range of numbers should work, a radio out of a '78 will fit in a '75, etc.
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The Philco name on the radio dial is correct for 1974 and earlier. Ford sold Philco to GTE in 1974, keeping only Philco-Ford Aerospace division, renaming it Aeronutronic Ford in 1975.

Some 1975-on radios will have just the Ford oval logo, some have nothing and some say Aeronutronic with the oval. (Probably some exceptions to this as leftover stock was depleted.)

That being said, if I found any nice factory AM-FM Stereo for my truck, I wouldn't be too hung up on that minor detail.

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Once you find one here is a trick for you once you locate a radio or this guy might have one?

"While it's there you might see if he'll wire in an aux input jack. I had it done with mine, and it allows me to run my I-pod through it. Basically when the I-pod is connected it becomes the antenna source. Cost in parts was under $5. I set mine on a 12" extension so I could just drill a small hole in the dash by the ashtray, which I'm turning into a covert charging / storage station for my phone and I-pod. won't cost much more. The guy I used is in Scottsbluff Nebraska. His name is Gene Cochran, and he works out of his house. He's a crusty old codger, but does some tremendous work. While he had the radio apart, he updated some of the internals and cleaned the heck out of everything. My total bill was $25! His number is 308 632-2520 (I checked with him at the time I collected my stereo, and he was OK with giving his number out) He also lined me out on the manner in which the old radios were wired (mine at least). The speakers are in series meaning positive from radio to positive on speaker #1, negative from that speaker goes to positive on speaker #2. Negative from Speaker #2 goes to Negative on stereo. Now the stock stereo rocks as loud as the little 51/2 speakers can handle!!!

And a touch more just in case.

The OEM radio was powered by a GREEN 2-terminal pigtail. YELLOW with a BLACK stripe is switched power, BLUE with RED stripe is dash illumination. Do not mistake the BLUE with RED stripe wire for ground. The OEM radio grounded through its mounting chassis. The speakers were connected over a separate pigtail.
Ok I looked behind the glovebox and found a connection the goes off the green and yellow. GREEN with YELLOW stripe wiring is hot-at-all-times power for the courtesy lamp circuit. Use that. There is a 3-connector pigtail behind the glovebox (which also goes on to power the cigarette lighter).
It's not the stock radio wire because the stock radio didn't need hot-at-all-times power (EXCEPT the factory digital AM radio for clock memory).
solid black--power
blue with red stripe--dial light
black with gray dashes--ground
orange with green dashes--right speaker
white with green dashes--left speaker
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That's exactly what I want to do with mine. Thanks for this info.
I don't think my truck was ordered with a radio at all, I wonder if the wiring harness will have the proper plug anyway? I will have to dig into that.

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Here you go, I am sure it is back there.
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The harness will have the plug for the radio. The shell will be green and have two wires going to it.
With an am/fm stereo you'll need the speaker wiring also. If you're going for the original, stock look Dennis Carpenter reproduces all of the speaker harnesses
You'll also need to drill the holes in the door jambs and doors for the wires to pass through. The location is easy enough to figure out. Ford stamped a dimple in the sheet metal to mark where the holes go.
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LMC does to......and it comes with the door and cab grommets.

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LMC does to......and it comes with the door and cab grommets.

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DC is cheaper.
More than likely the ones LMC has are from DC.
I've gotten stuff from LMC that was still in the DC packaging and when I checked, the same items were cheaper from DC .
Check before you buy.
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Oops I did not compare prices....I just remembered that I seen one in a LMC catalog the other day. I sold my other OEM one, so I am down to just one for my red truck

Yes always shop around and remember the "for sale" and WTB section in the classifieds.
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I just bought a factory AM-FM stereo on eBay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1973-79-Ford-Truck-Radio-AM-FM-Stereo-/271505993514?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=qj7r3i2HGxH6Sv39%252BkbUGE2P8xA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
It is model #6A-D7TF-19A241-AB. Hopefully, that will work for my truck.

I plan to give Mr. Gene Cochran a call (thanks 77&79 for that lead) and have him install an AUX imput and go through it and freshen it up. I also need to buy the speaker wiring from DC or LMC, and some nice speakers.

I think I will install the AUX jack inside the back of my ashtray, and use it to hold a little iPod nano and charging cord, out of sight.

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Could you give us a report on his cost (ball park) and product service when you get it back, please.
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