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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.