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    Good evening.

    I know that I need the two long screws that go through the bottom of the radio and into the dash, but where do I purchase them?

    Is there any other places that require a fastener?

    How do I remove the speaker grill from the dash, if I should need to do so?

    It feels and looks like it will pop out with a little pressure, but I am not interesting in tearing it up to find out.

    I have a factory repair manual and the owners manual.

    Neither cover issues regarding the radio installation or removal.

    Thank you.


  • #2
    Those long screws are hard to find. The car radio is really easy to put in. Make sure you have the right car radio. Please state which model number you have? You need to ask any SDC member for extra long screws. I have mine, but will not give up. Call Studebaker West.

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    • #3
      Dave Mottle has the radio manual and installation instructions.

      http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com...rtemplates.htm

      Brad Johnson
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
      "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.
      '33 Rockne 10,
      '51 Commander Starlight,
      '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
      '56 Sky Hawk

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      • #4
        My Champion originally came with a radio and all of the wiring is in place.

        I have not found another radio as good as the one that was in it yet, but I already have a spare.

        My spare is an "Airline" AUTO RADIO model number 61-6782 SERIAL NUMBER 51W-111299

        It was a gift left from a parts car from another project I worked on years ago.

        From what I understand, these Airline radios were aftermarket accessories available for a time from SEARS and Monkey Wards.

        It came from a 1950 or 51 Studebaker parts car.

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by royvaldez

          Those long screws are hard to find. The car radio is really easy to put in. Make sure you have the right car radio. Please state which model number you have? You need to ask any SDC member for extra long screws. I have mine, but will not give up. Call Studebaker West.
          Could you supply me with the thread pitch, over-all length, and diameter of both ends of the screw?

          If you you could supply me with this information I could reproduce the screw.

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          • #6
            Besides the two long screws that go up through the dash valance, there is a
            3/16' diameter rod that is threaded on one end for a wing nut. One end of the rod is bent
            at 90 degrees into a hook about 3/4 inch long. The rod is about 8 inches. The hook end
            goes into a firewall hole and the other end, with threads, fits into the slot in the fitting
            at the lower radio back. This hook support is important to keep the radio solid in the dash.

            ....Dick Curtis
            The 1950 Champion Starlight
            Santa Barbara
            CA

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            • #7
              Another thought. The valance screws are unique in that they go through the radio bezel and
              come out the chrome top. On the half dozen Stude 1950 radios I have repaired, all had a thick leather washer like fastener that the screw threaded into rather than a nut. I think you could use a 3/16" lag screw about 3 I/2" long and make a 1/8" thick leather washer for it to thread into.
              ....Dick
              The 1950 Champion Starlight
              Santa Barbara
              CA

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              • #8
                The best and cheapest thing you can buy to mount that radio is battery hold down bolts. You can buy a set of two. They have a hook on one end that will go through the eyes on your radio. The other end is threaded to hook to your dash. You will need to cut them off on the threaded end. Just remember to leave the wing nuts on before you cut them off.

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by uasrs

                  The best and cheapest thing you can buy to mount that radio is battery hold down bolts. You can buy a set of two. They have a hook on one end that will go through the eyes on your radio. The other end is threaded to hook to your dash. You will need to cut them off on the threaded end. Just remember to leave the wing nuts on before you cut them off.
                  I am not sure if I have an accurate mental picture of what you are describing.
                  Do you have any pictures of the finished product in use?

                  [?]

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                  • #10
                    What size inline fuse should be used with these radios?

                    My radio was previously wired for an inline fuse, the Champion was not AFAIK.

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                    • #11
                      I too am eagerly following this thread and hoping for a solution to the replacing of the two mounting screws that go up through the radio head to mount it. I had forgotten how even an AM radio is far superior to none at all when driving to the meets, especially during football season. Could anyone supply the necessary dimensions to fabricate and post a good picture?

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                      • #12
                        The long, wing nuted, hook end bolt was used on radios beginning with probably with the 1938 models. Eye ball any one model year and you can get an idea what they look like. Easy to fabrecate using threaded rod.

                        Richard

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                        • #13


                          I tried to get photos but too cramped under the dash. The illustration I scanned
                          from Studebaker mounting instructions. and added notes. The dimensions are
                          from memory so approximate. The key is mounting some sought of captive bolt retainers
                          on the ledge before install since near impossible to get them in place with radio
                          put in place. I think a 1/4' metal screw would be best to navigate blindly into the captive
                          nut assembly.
                          Hope this helps.
                          ...Dick
                          The 1950 Champion Starlight
                          Santa Barbara
                          CA

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                          • #14
                            I forgot how to edit but the 1/4' should of course be 1/4 inch diameter
                            The 1950 Champion Starlight
                            Santa Barbara
                            CA

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                            • #15
                              Thank you Starlightchamp for the work you put into your post.

                              That helps!

                              What size fuse should be used with that radio?

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