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69 GTO AM FM Stereo Radio

 
gtojack1366 gtojack1366
Guru | Posts: 1223 | Joined: 11/09
Posted: 11/28/13
10:10 AM

Would this radio work without the amplifier that go's with it ? Or could you hook up a different amplifier to it ? My book says they come in matched sets and should not be separated ? But the amplifier for this radio is missing .  

Mr.Milt Mr.Milt
Guru | Posts: 1135 | Joined: 08/08
Posted: 11/28/13
11:49 AM

Hey Jack! Welcome back - I am so sorry you had to work through all the unnecessary bovine scat (BS) but we are glad you did.

All radios need an amplifier and in years gone past they were always built into the radio and they did not have much power.  If indeed it is a 69 radio it should work fine (I think) but the amplifier will increase the power output for bigger speakers and better sound quality. It is possible that the amp that goes with it is tuned to the radio but I am guessing it is simply a power booster.  Some after market amps are worth the extra money but I will let the eclectically inclined folks chime in on that.  Why don't you test the radio by hooking it up out of the dash. Any reseller should let you do that.

Have a grate Thanksgiving!
Milt  

gtojack1366 gtojack1366
Guru | Posts: 1223 | Joined: 11/09
Posted: 11/28/13
05:50 PM

Thanks Milt .I just wanted to know if this radio is worth anything without the amplifier or is it just good for filling the hole ! Finding a amplifier for this radio is next to impossible and if I did find a amplifier would it work right with the radio ? I have a 69 am fm mono radio in mine now that works .A friend of mine has nothing in his 69 GTO and needs a radio to fill the hole .  

Mr.Milt Mr.Milt
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Posted: 11/28/13
06:15 PM

I think it should work.  I hope someone that knows more about them than I do will add to the thread.  

Originally they cost an obscene amount of money at the time but they were good radios. Obviously if it works it is worth more but I have no idea about how much it would be worth today.

Milt  

Torqued400 Torqued400
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Posted: 11/28/13
09:26 PM

Jack, could that amp be a reverb unit?  
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Brazil Brazil
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Posted: 11/29/13
02:12 AM

Jack,as long as the radio has normal RCA (red and white) input and output jacks, any amp should work. Since the early radios were pretty low power you wouldn't need a high wattage amp to boost it. I get items like that cheap from pawn shops around my burg, just have'em test it first, $35 - $40 should get a good Sony or any brand. I would be more concerned that the radio it'self still works. The one in my 66 Mustang is dead in the water from age, all the caps and electronics inside get corroded and wear out. I still have my original in place, but a geat sounding new ($65) pawn shop special w/CD mounted next to me below the dash.

Also, Rob has a point. I have heard that alot of late sixties, early seventies cars had a seperate reverb amp to simulate the effects of a four speaker setup.
Since those early radios were usually self contained, the "matched set" amp they refer to may just be a reverb amp.  Let us know what you find...  

gtojack1366 gtojack1366
Guru | Posts: 1223 | Joined: 11/09
Posted: 11/29/13
02:22 PM

This stereo radio has a big round plug end with about 10 prongs that plugs into the amplifier plug end . I just bought a 69 AM radio that's been sitting on a shelf for 40 year and looks new maybe it even works ? Anyway he'll have something to fill the hole and put a good radio in the glove box . Here's what the plug end that go's to the amplifier looks like . Radioplugend Zpsf8aa1dd1  

Brazil Brazil
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Posted: 11/29/13
04:51 PM

Yeah, that looks like some accessecery plug. A back view of the radio would put it all in perspective.  

gtojack1366 gtojack1366
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Posted: 11/29/13
05:20 PM

69 stereo radio back .The black bunch of wires go to the amp .It's model 92AFM1 A2c79835 22Fd 41F5 B59d Eddd09424931 Zps8dab3ee5  

Brazil Brazil
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Posted: 11/30/13
06:57 AM

Mornin' Jack, hope you had a good Thanky'day!

From the pic, it does look like the radio needs that amp that came with it. There is no RCA in/outs for a newer amp, and no speaker terminals. Bummer - guess it's gona just have to fill the space.  

Mr.Milt Mr.Milt
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Posted: 11/30/13
07:42 AM

Morning Guys!

Joe when it comes to this stuff "you the man"; however, I do have a question.  When there radios came out 1/4 jacks were the common jack connection but only on things like instruments,and stage amps and some high end electronics like my Roberts -I have never seen those on a OEM car radios.

By 1972 I was selling some of this stuff in my store and I started to see the RCA connectors on some speakers an I had a Pioneer Stereo with those on the back.  I don't recall seeing these on high end car radios until the later 80s,  So, did I misunderstand?  

I want to recall (keep in mind that recall isn't that good no mo') but this depicted modular plug could plug into an amp; but I think (again I remind you that I don't recall this well) it could also plug into a wiring harness that connected it to speakers, lights, power, etc.

This is your bailiwick and I trust you implicitly - I just want to get it straight in my head and I know that may take a 2 pound ballpeen.  Please forgive me for the question.

What's his name - oh ya ...
Milt  

66beaumont 66beaumont
User | Posts: 138 | Joined: 03/12
Posted: 11/30/13
07:55 AM

morning guys. Dug through a few books and found your radio info. It's an am/fm multiplex receiver. They were matched set with amp and also would be damaged if powered with out both speakers connected  
alley find 69goat #'s match 400ys,th400,3:55,249000 miles / 66 beaumont,454,tko500,3:73 auburn ls

Brazil Brazil
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Posted: 11/30/13
03:55 PM

Sir Beaumont has the best answer on this one. All the later stuff connects to amps via RCA jacks, but it looks like the modular plug has it's own harness that goes with it as you noted.

Kind of out of my catagory, Wayne would know more on this one I'm sure.  

66beaumont 66beaumont
User | Posts: 138 | Joined: 03/12
Posted: 11/30/13
09:08 PM

amp was mounted above glove box,looks like it was only available for 69&70 ,would be a valuable piece if amp was with it!  
alley find 69goat #'s match 400ys,th400,3:55,249000 miles / 66 beaumont,454,tko500,3:73 auburn ls