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Jolly-John
11-18-2008, 12:14 AM
Hi, Gang. I have a chance to purchase a stock Stude AM/FM radio from a 1966 Crusier. Can someone tell me if this radio will be an exact drop-in into my 1963 Avanti. Can someone comment about any differences between this Crusier AM/FM and an original one for the Avanti? Thanks. John

rkapteyn
11-18-2008, 01:39 AM
The radio is the same but it has black knobs.

Warren Webb
11-18-2008, 05:14 AM
The lens on Avanti radios where slightly different- had to do with the red instrument lighting I believe, including the above quote on the black buttons & knobs-on all Avanti's they were the off white.

60 Lark convertible
61 Champ
62 Daytona convertible
63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
63 Avanti (2)
66 Daytona Sport Sedan

JBOYLE
11-18-2008, 11:58 AM
Sounds like it may be a good buy..especially if you can get the lights changed to red.
(Probably at the Studebaker radio guy who advertises in TW).
Who knows (I sure don't) there might be white knobs somewhere.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

Dan White
11-18-2008, 12:06 PM
The knobs are the same off white for '63 and '64 and the same for the AM and AM/FM radios so if you already have an AM just use those knobs. If not SI had them.


Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

JDP
11-18-2008, 01:16 PM
The 66 radio has black buttons too, and they are hard to change. The 66 radio is very rare though. I think the chassis might be a bit bigger too, and may not fit the Avanti.

JDP/Maryland
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson

studegary
11-18-2008, 04:22 PM
Is it safe to assume that you know that AM/FM radios were not a Studebaker option until the 1964 model year? You are welcome to do what you want, but you did not indicate that you knew that an AM/FM is incorrect for your 1963 Avanti.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

JBOYLE
11-18-2008, 04:39 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

Is it safe to assume that you know that AM/FM radios were not a Studebaker option until the 1964 model year?
Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer




Gary, I agree with your sentiments..I'm not going to switch my radio for the same reason.

But, in the poster's defense...at least he was considering an original Studebaker unit and not some digital aftermarket thing that would look totally out of place.

I was considering replacing my AM with a Blaupunkt...with the idea that Stude dealers sold them to fit into Mercedes, so it would certainly would be within the realm of possibilty some well-heeled Avanti buyer would have asked for one to be fitted to his new car.
I did some research and I don't [u]think</u> it wil fit.
But if anyone has information to the contrary, I'd still consider it.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

studeski
11-18-2008, 05:30 PM
If you really have to have one you can buy mine.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=320319082405

Claude Chmielewski
Studeski
http://www.studeski.com
Fillmore, Wisconsin
47 M-16 Truck
62 GT Hawk
63 Lark
64 Commander Wagonaire
50 Champion Regal (parts car)
[img=left]http://www.studeski.com/62hawk/62hawka/dakota01_250.jpg[/img=left]

bams50
11-18-2008, 05:57 PM
My own take- I like the functionality and sound quality of modern stereos, but love the factory look; for me, I prefer a clean, sharp factory AM for looks with a modern unit installed out of sight.

But if someone needs one, Claude's is a chance to buy from a known seller (See his link).

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

bige
11-18-2008, 06:23 PM
I bought another console plate and cut it for the radio then I cut a second piece of metal, cut it out for the radio, covered it with woodrained Contac paper then bolted the whole thing together. The Emblem below the radio is a side/door panel emblem held on by Velcro. I put my XM receiver there held by the same Velcro. If I want the more original look I just unscrew the panel, unplug the radio and stick the original back in.

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