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  • #16
    Currently there is a 56 push button Sedan Radio on Ebay for $299.00. My non push radio works but all the numbers have dropped off. I already talked to Roy about this, they are NLA. Having time to think around ways to fix things, I thought about painting the numbers on the outside of the face plate and leave the radio still working in the car. Only thing is I don't have a picture of the radio face plate.

    Do you think it is possible to do that? After painting I would put some type of protective plastic over the plate. Since the car is a driver and will never be shown at a SDC meet it just matters to me. Would I have to put some type of etching stuff on the glass before I paint it?

    Bob Miles

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    • #17
      Originally posted by 6hk71400 View Post
      Would I have to put some type of etching stuff on the glass before I paint it?
      I know on the '55's, the glass is etched from the backside, and I was able spray a coat of ivory paint on the backside of the glass, and when it got tacky after a few minutes, scraped the paint on the flat smooth surface away with a razor blade. The ivory paint remained in the recessed numerals and Conelrad symbols.

      I believe '56-'58's are also etched from behind the glass? (I'm aware 1955 & earlier are Philco radios, and later car radios are Delco.)

      Craig

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      • #18
        Craig,

        I am not sure if they were etched or not. I had contacted Roy about the glass face. Brent Hagan had made a silk screen for the 56 (J) models but is no longer doing that. Roy used the last one recently. Roy said all of the 56-57 Radio have had the numbers just fall off.

        There is a place that does silk screen work here. I would be willing to take the radio out I just don't have a pattern for the numbers on the dial. I just tune it as I know most the oldies AM Jazz and Country. There is also a sport AM channel. So it looks like the 56-57 radio is distinct. The 55 is 6 volt, 58 changed and then 59-66 models all interchange. As someone said (JClary?) this is what we get for liking the cars we do.

        Bob Miles

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        • #19
          Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
          I believe '56-'58's are also etched from behind the glass?

          Craig[/B]
          Nope. Not true

          Just the facts, please.
          Last edited by RadioRoy; 08-19-2020, 11:12 PM.
          RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

          17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
          10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
          10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
          4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
          5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
          56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
          60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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          • #20
            Originally posted by 6hk71400 View Post
            and then 59-66 models all interchange.

            Bob Miles
            Nope. Not true

            Just the facts, please. ‚Äč
            Last edited by RadioRoy; 08-19-2020, 11:12 PM.
            RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

            17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
            10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
            10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
            4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
            5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
            56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
            60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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            • #21
              Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
              Nope. Not true.
              Okay, good to know! (Hence the question mark in my sentence.)

              Craig


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              • #22
                How about vinyl stick on computer graphics? Have them printed backwards and then stick them on the backside of the glass...

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                • #23
                  Roy,

                  You are right. I think it is 58-61 radios that will interchange, although I had heard that the 58 was one year only. This was the topic of discussion at our breakfast this morning. Bruce Sandburg mentioned he may have a couple of 56-7 core radios and is going to check how the glass dial plate is. Fingers crossed.

                  Bob Miles

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