1966 “new” radio options?

Discussion in 'Wrenchin' Secrets' started by Bygblok, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Bygblok

    Bygblok Well-Known Member

    my 66 Special has an old sparkomatic radio in it and I’m looking to swap it out. I prefer a single DIN style radio due to the limitations of a shaft-style but would like to see some options that other guys might have tried. Mounting depth seems to be a challenge but willing to give things a try. Pics of what you have would be great! Thanks
  2. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    There was a factory AM/FM option in 1966.
  3. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    It's tough finding something that will fit the stock knob placement, the knobs need to be moved downward on the radio.
    Keeping a stock AM in the dash and remote mounting a new unit with remote control are a great option.
  4. 1968_Skylark

    1968_Skylark Member

    I have a '68 Skylark, and I ended up installing a Retrosound 2 deck in mine (a similar model, might just be newer: https://www.retromanufacturing.com/products/1968-72-buick-skylark-laguna-radio?variant=32862855950) . The car didn't have the original radio when I got it anyways, so I was starting from scratch. Luckily someone had installed a windshield with a built in FM antenna, so I was set there. I heard so-so reviews about these Retrosound radios, but I've had it about 4 or 5 years now and it's still going strong. I can't say much for the stock sound quality of the deck, as I installed a Sony amp under the passenger seat at the same time. The one I have does AM/FM and Aux Input. I hid the Aux cord inside the ash tray just below the deck so you can barely tell it's a new deck. The deck has RCA audio outs, so I ran those to the amp, and speaker wire from the amp to the new speakers in the doors.

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  5. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    Many of the older retrofit radios (think cassette deck...) had adjustable knobs - you could change the distance between them. Find them on ebay for not much money. I got one and I had to open the slots a little and it fit fine. I added a filler piece because it was a little small for the center opening. You can find them with RCA out so you can add an amp if you want.
  6. FJM568

    FJM568 Well-Known Member

    The problem with the 66 radio is not the distance between the knobs, it's that the knobs are offset below the centerline of the radio top to bottom. And not a little below, it's quite a bit.

    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
  7. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    I think 66 and 67 are the same. The knobs center on the lower face plate. You have to add a filler at the top. Depending on the radio, the slots may have to be modified. The important feature is that the volume pot and the station gear are free floating and can be adjusted.
  8. marxjunk

    marxjunk Well-Known Member

    find a stock AM and send it off and have it converted, in todays world you can have anything done to it, it fits the dash and i have done 3..they are amazing..i listen to satellite through my phone on it etc ..bluetooth or MP3..80 to 300 watts..very cool
  9. FJM568

    FJM568 Well-Known Member

    Mark, where did you send them to have them converted? And about how much was it to have it done?

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