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  • #16
    That is really something,weird I would think it would be much bigger than that.things from yester year usually are bigger than a more modern unit ?
    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
    Here's a Philco unit in a 1931 President.

    Joseph R. Zeiger


    • #17
      That is just the control head. The part containing all the tubes, speaker, etc was mounted on the firewall and connected to the control head by bowden cables.



      • #18
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        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"


        • #19
          The positioning of the headset shouldn't be in question. It was the only logical place in the dash that the unit could go. These radios were an afterthought in a dash that was rather small, the left side of which was taken up by other things. The center of the dash was where the gauges were positioned, no room there. In addition what space on the left that might have been available, was overwhelmed by a large diameter steering wheel. Underneath the dash, center is a handle used to open the cowl vent, no room there.

          Some cars like my 1933 Pierce Arrow had symmetrical glove boxes on the far left and right of the dash. This made a dash mounted radio difficult. For these cars, and for other reasons of convenience, some radio manufacturers produced a radio head unit that attached to the steering column.


          • #20
            Yes, here is the info that I posted back in 2012:

            Some additional information for your consideration. Studebaker began to wire their Commander and President closed models for radio in March 1930. This would have been the 1930 models FE and FH Presidents and Commander GJ and FD. The lead wire came through the left front pillar to the chicken wire in the roof which acted as the “antenna.” This would allow for the installation of any brand of radio though at the time Studebaker was not offering a specific brand or model.

            The first radio offered by Studebaker was a model 7 Philco Transitone officially introduced on June 3, 1931, it was given a part number of AC-3. As noted in the photo in the previous thread the head was mounted on the far right side of the instrument panel accessible only to the passenger. The radio box (i.e. tubes) was secured in the center of the firewall. In April 1932 a new Philco Transitone Super Heterodyne unit was adopted and offered with a steering column mounted head so it could be operated conveniently by the driver. The price was $69.50 installed ($5.00 more west of the Mississippi). Studebaker continued using the Philco brand right on through the post war years though Motorola offered a replacement “aftermarket” radio in the late 30s.

            Photo below shows installation in a '32. Have other photos, advertising material etc for all years 1931-32-33 etc.
            Attached Files
            Richard Quinn
            Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review


            • #21
              Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
              Here's a Philco unit in a 1931 President.

              Very rare radio. Only know of 4 in dash units. Most are steering column mounted. See youtube video at the 3.9 minute mark.
              Last edited by studerex; 01-11-2020, 07:22 PM. Reason: time change


              • #22
                Most were column mounted. Here are photos of one i seen last March. Has big box and speaker under dash and some other power unit under floor in back of sedan.