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Old 06-08-2008, 06:47 PM   #1
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Removing airstream radio from 73 Overlander

My radio is a factory radio. I can see that there are two rivets holding a bracket in the back which I will drill. I see two rivets or screws that are coming from above through the cabinet and into the radio. If I remove the two rivets underneath and use my Reciprocating Saw to cut the rivets will the radio come out? How did you get your 1970's radio out? I want to upgrade with all new electronics.

You can see my radio in the picture I posted.

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Old 06-08-2008, 07:46 PM   #2
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Brian,

On my 72, 4 screws and the radio is out. There are screws at the back, where you say you have rivets on the bracket, and screws on the sides of the box that houses the radio. They are near the top of the vertical supports that form the sides. One on either side. I overlooked the ones on the sides at first, the heads are brown and just blended in with the brown inside of the storage compartments.

BTW, my radio compartment and central control panel look exactly like yours but as we all know it may be attached completely different.

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Old 06-08-2008, 07:59 PM   #3
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Looks the same as my 72 Tradewind. I'm keeping the stereo, however, because there is something satisfying about having the option to play 8-track tapes!
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:41 PM   #4
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My 73 has a cassette?? I wonder if it was changed? I musta been cause I dont think cassettes had been invented yet?? Not sure though was but a wee little tike in 1973 haha ...SAM
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:56 PM   #5
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There certainly were cassette decks in 1973. My father's Volkswagen had one. I think it was a Philips.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:09 PM   #6
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I want to put in a AM/FM, CD, and weather radio. I have a flat panel TV my kids bought for me which I will put on a Wall mount. I will install a DVD player.

Thanks for the help. I am going to pull that radio and I did not want to ruing anything.

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If you have an ipod, you may want to hardwire a cable for that while you're at it. Very handy.
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I had a '72 at one time and replaced the radio. I don't recall exactly how it was attached, but there were screws you could get to by removing the control panel from above. The control panel comes out with a screw on each side, iirc. Then you can reach in from above and deal with the radio mounting setup. Good luck!
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Old 06-09-2008, 02:52 PM   #9
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I dropped the radio only to find mass amounts of wires back there. I am afraid to cut them because I do not know what they all go to.

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There are a lot of wires! You'll basically have 3 different categories:
  1. Power & Ground
  2. Antenna
  3. Pairs of wires to each speaker
If you have a tape player, then there are more for that!

They are all listed in the Service Manual as to color and function.

Your replacement stereo will come with a harness. Just match up all of the different wires in the pigtail and you're set to go. The antenna coaxes have changed somewhat through the years. Take a look at yours for size. You may have to buy a converter to use with newer stereo head units.
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You should have 4 speakers 2 wires each,a + and a - ,any more than that,i have no idea. Dave
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Now that I have the radio out I am evaluating the antenna. The Motorola works but I only get one station. Should I change out the antenna?

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What antenna do you have? Does it feed back over to the television antenna, or is there a seperate antenna for the radio?

I have the wiring colors if you need them.

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Make sure you have the antenna extended all the way first! (Grab the little ball on top and pull out all three sections) Also, the newer tuners are a lot better receivers than your old Motorola, so I wouldn't make any conclusions until you confirm reception with the new radio. Both of my 70's vintage antennas have worked well. The original Motorola radio in my '72 could not hold a station anymore and was very 'deaf' even with the "distance" function engaged.
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:21 AM   #15
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Thanks for the great information guys. I think that is a good idea to find out if the new tuner will work well with the existing antenna. I have a factory airstream radio antenna that is on the side of the trailer. Jim that would be great if you could forward the wiring diagram to me. That would help.

I have my 21 year old son checking with his friends to see if they have an old car radio in the garage they might want to sell. Kids always like to upgrade their radios when they get a car. We had three a few years ago but sold them. All I want is a disgarded radio that works for a good price. I am going to check with the local salvage yard today. One of my favorite places to visit. They have hundreds of radios.

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Sound System wiring

Brian, sorry it took so long to get this. Here you go:

Power/Ground

Heavy guage (about a #10, I think) Blue wire is power for stereo
Heavy guage (also a #10) White wire is ground

Speaker wires

Roadside Front: Blue/Black pair
Curbside Front: Red/Black pair
Roadside Rear: Grey/Black pair
Curbside Rear: Orange/Black pair

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