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paintim613
07-17-2009, 01:18 PM
Was a push button radio an option for '53 Commanders?

Tim-Custom '53 Commander Starlight aka The Studebird in Yuma, AZ

Restoration pictures at http://www.jimsrodshop.net/31.html
Car History at http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30556

Bud
07-17-2009, 01:29 PM
Yes, the model number is S-5327. Bud

StudeRich
07-17-2009, 04:09 PM
What Bud said, yes the 8 Tube Philco/Studebaker Push Button Radio was an option, but so was the 6 Tube Philco Manual Tuning Model.

And the Clock, Cigar Lighter, Automatic Transmission (starter Switch) and Fog Lights, if you were trying to fill all the holes in the dash! [:0]

StudeRich

53k
07-17-2009, 06:26 PM
quote:Originally posted by paintim613

Was a push button radio an option for '53 Commanders?


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studegary
07-17-2009, 09:47 PM
A 1953-1955 radio will fit, but a 1953 radio should not have the CONELRAD symbols on the dial face.


There were about a half dozen of these radios in the parts lot that I sold to Bill Cathcart years ago. If you want one, you might check to see if he has one left.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Nelsen Motorsports
07-18-2009, 10:29 AM
I have an original 53' radio I can sell.

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Alex Nelsen
1954 Champion Coupe
Lizella, GA

Bud
07-18-2009, 12:32 PM
If you need a radio, I can supply you with either a manual tune or pushbutton completely restored radios. Bud

53k
07-18-2009, 02:36 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

A 1953-1955 radio will fit, but a 1953 radio should not have the CONELRAD symbols on the dial face....

When did CONELRAD symbols firsst appear on Studebaker radios? CONELRAD began in 1951 and by law all radios manufactured from 1953 to 1963 were required to have the CONELRAD markings.



Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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Deaf Mute
07-18-2009, 02:48 PM
Some '53's had them... mine did... AND DOES. Somewhere I have the dates of what radios should have them... but it will take considerable searching to find that bit of trivia. I purchased my '53 in '63 and am assuming that it is the original radio.


duane miller

53k
07-18-2009, 09:31 PM
quote:Originally posted by Deaf Mute

Some '53's had them... mine did... AND DOES. Somewhere I have the dates of what radios should have them... but it will take considerable searching to find that bit of trivia. I purchased my '53 in '63 and am assuming that it is the original radio.

Thanks for that info. The reason I was asking was because my '53 radio also has the CONELRAD symbols. I have had mine since '66 having bought it from the second owner (who only had it a few weeks). No radio is shown on the build sheet so the radio must have been a dealer install which was common in those days. I am pretty certain that the radio, back-ups and windshield washers were installed when the car was bought new. Is your '53 a LA-built car? Mine is. Perhaps the LA cars got CONELRAD radios before SB cars.



Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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studegary
07-19-2009, 09:08 PM
1953 Studebaker items like the Accessories booklet and the radio folder/manual do NOT show the CONELRAD symbols on the radios.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer