Help installing new radio in '73 Estate Wagon

Discussion in 'Sparky's corner' started by 73BuickEstate, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. 73BuickEstate

    73BuickEstate Member

    For Christmas, got a new nostalgic original looking radio to replace the non functioning radio in my '73 Buick Estate. Has anyone replaced one before? How difficult is it? Any special tools needed? Any tips would be greatly appreciated before I attempt. Thanks.
     
  2. RoseBud68

    RoseBud68 Well-Known Member

    Have you made an attempt to pull the old radio out to see what you have to work with? You maybe lucky and have a plug and play radio.
     
  3. 73BuickEstate

    73BuickEstate Member

    No. Did nothing yet. Yes supposed to be plug and play....but getting the radio out.....whole dash top has to come off? Out here looking at it now.
     
  4. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    In reality, removing the padded dash is probably the easiest route. It is NOT difficult and instead of standing on your head looking up, you'll be seated and reaching into wide open spaces where you can SEE what you are doing. It's a few screws, a couple of nuts and it's off. You do have a service manual, right? If not, buy one. Best investment you can make.
     
  5. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    What Brad said! Don't even attempt this without a service manual unless you've done it many times before. The pillar covers come off first ect, ect, ect. Very easy to do a lot of damage including cracking the dash pad so learn it first before attempting to turn the first screw. These radios work well in fact so well you will find your speakers need to be upgraded
     
  6. 73BuickEstate

    73BuickEstate Member

    Excellent thanks. Yeah got new speakers too. OK I am going in. I will come back if I have any other questions.
     
  7. Luxus

    Luxus Gold Level Contributor

    Be real careful with that dash pad, it's over 45 years old. Any man handling and it will crack.

    I assume you're replacing the dash speakers. The OEM ones are very small and it's likely your new ones are just a bit bigger. You will have problems on the driver side fitting it in.
     
  8. 73BuickEstate

    73BuickEstate Member

    Ah OK thanks! I will try to go slow and be careful. There are no cracks in it now. I do not think it has ever been off before.
     
  9. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

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