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Old 05-18-2012, 11:09 AM
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RetroSound Radio Installed

Many folks here have this thing about refusing to cut our dashs to install new style radios. That includes me. So I did an interenet search last week and found www.retrosoundusa.com . I searched through the many different kits they had but nothing matched the opening in my J20 dash. So, I emailed RetroSound to get their opinion about which radio kit I needed. They emailed back and told me the 68-85 Mercedes,Porchse,VW kit would be the one I needed. It is the only kit they have that comes with a faceplate that will cover up any gaps between the radio face and the dash opening. I bought it and it was delivered on Tuesday. While I was at it, I bought one of their dual voice coil 5"x7" speakers to bolt up under the dash. What's cool about Retro's radio is the knob assemblies are separate from the radio body itself and mount to brackets that allow the knobs to orientate to fit the knob holes in most dashes. However designed this radio system was using their brain. Anyway, I mounted the speaker in first because it mounts directly above the radio. Nice fit plus the speaker is only 1.77" deep and the radio just barely cleared it. I didn't get any pictures of the mounted speaker or the radio before installing it because I didn't have my camera with me. It's installed now and all wired up. I turned it on and was very surprised at the sound quaility especially with only the one speaker under the dash and one 5.25" speaker in each door. Needless to say but I am very happy with RetroSound's radio. I still have to button up a few things but it's in and sounds good.
Here's some pictures. My camera is terrible in the dark so forgive me. As soon as I get the truck rolled outside in the sunlight, I'll post better pictures.

Here's a shot with the flash off. You can see "RetroSound" scroll across when the radio is turned on.

As you can see in this picture, the ash tray assemby has been removed. I had to remove it because the right knob assembly of the radio hit the ash tray assembly. I need to slightly trim the knob bracket then the ash tray will fit back in.

Here's an angled shot to minimize flash reflection.

The radio has RCA plugs out the back so I can run cables to my amp that will run a sub behind the seat. Plus the radio's face has a plug so I can plug in an I-pod if I wanted (if I owned one).
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:29 PM
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Very nice.

I'm another one of those "can't hack the dash up" people...and for why I don't know. I don't ever plan on ever selling my J10, so why would it matter? I dunno, but for reasons I can't logically explain, to me it does...

Paul Harvey is no longer with us, so I don't see me using the stock AM radio anymore... But I may leave it in the dash for none other than nostalgic reasons and just install a CD player in a console.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:43 PM
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I like it.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:06 PM
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Sorry for the lousy pictures. It looks better than the pictures make out. The pics will look better when the truck is outside and in the sunlight which, I hope will be soon. I've been working on the truck for over a year and everything is finally going back together.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:12 PM
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Good move. We have not seen ours up close yet but made that choice back in March.

http://www.retrosoundusa.com/products/details/id/188

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Old 05-18-2012, 01:36 PM
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Nice. That one is the universal face plate I do believe. You can choose from all sorts of knobs and I should have bought the knobs for there Jeep CJ7/Scrambler kit because they match all the other factory Jeep knobs.
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We got the Jeep knobs with ours but have the knobs on it off the original radio. The Jeep knobs may be available later...
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