removal of fact am/fm radio 1972

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  1. mikess68

    mikess68 been there and back

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    just need some info to not totally disassemble the dash/car etc. just need to remove the radio and get it checked/repaired. does it come out the glove box area or do I have to remove the console? whats the path I need to go after? thanks!
     
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    Ricks72Z28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Remove the glove box insert, and the side brace on the drivers side. The radio should drop down and slide out the passenger side. Maybe think of rebuilding the front speaker at this time if it hasn’t been already.
     
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    mikess68 been there and back

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    ok, any trick about the ant, like is there enough slack to unplug without damage to the wire going to the glass? I also think I will replace the speaker while im at it.
     
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    You can unplug the antenna once you can reach the back of the radio.

    Shouldn’t be hard to unplug that.

    There’s usually a stud or bolt on the back holding it to a bracket too.

    I swap stereos with the console out and the glove box in place.
    But mine is an 80 and the console is different. I’ve never removed the console on an early 2nd gen.
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    On my '70, all I have to do is remove the one bolt that holds the bracket and the two front knobs and umplug the wiring. Then it drops out the bottom of the dash, but I don't have a console to work around.
     
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    I professionally installed car radios in the 80’s, definitely easier to remove the console.

    1) 4 screws around the shifter plate assuming an automatic.
    2) Two screws in the bottom of the console storage will allow you to carefully remove the console storage box with the armrest partially opened so you don’t damage the side of the console.
    3) Then you will see two more screws bolting the console to a bracket welded on the floor.
    4) Next two screws are horazontally thorough an L bracket on the front of the console into the bottom of the dash.
    5) Carefully lift the console while moving the shifter plate as it stays behind. Console should be out with the radio exposed from under the dash.
    6) There is a bolt on the back of the radio holding into a bracket/part of the dash frame.
    7) Remove wiring plugs and antenna from the back of the radio.
    8) Pull knobs off and shaft nuts (9/16” nuts if I recall correctly) which will require a deepwell socket or nut driver.

    Best of luck!
     
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    ^ That is the easiest method to remove the radio. (I’ve done it more times that I care to admit.)
    I can remove my radio in my sleep now. :screwup:

    With an automatic... put the shifter in Drive and you can rotate the bezel through the console as you lift the console up.

    No need at all to remove the shifter knob.
     

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