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Old 06/18/2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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Question '68 radio installation question ...

Well, hopefully one of the "pros" on this site (maybe Neil or Ron or Marty?) can answer this one for me!
Up here in Canada we can get "collector plates" on older vehicles which allow us to insure the car for the entire year at a very much reduced cost. The vehicle must be basically "factory stock" or if modified in any way it must be with the use of period correct factory or aftermarket parts. I'm applying to get "collector plate" status for our GT/CS and ICBC (our Provincial auto insurance corporation) has no problem with our car other than the non-stock stereo which is currently in it. I need to swap it out for a stock '68 Ford radio and so I bought one from a member of our local Mustang club that has a part number of "8TPZ 345249" which decodes: 8=68, T=AM radio, P=Philco mfg. and Z=Mustang. The "345249" number that follows apparently denotes the "chassis" number for the radio and this is where my question comes in. After pulling apart the lower console and removing the stereo, this factory stock AM Ford Philco radio that SHOULD be correct for a '68 Mustang won't fit!

The knobs appear to be about 3/4" too wide and will not fit through either the metal console backing plate or the black vinyl console pad. The faceplate and the tuner buttons on this radio are also too large to fit through the openings on either the metal plate or the console pad too. It has me thinking that maybe there was a different chassis number for the radio that was designed to fit into a lower console, and maybe the AM radio that I have is designed to fit into the upper dash plate? Hopefully someone a bit more experienced with these various Ford part numbers can shed some light on this one and tell me what radio part number (or chassis number?) I need to find that will fit into the lower console on our car ...?
Many thanks in advance!
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Old 06/18/2013, 10:43 AM   #2
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If I may add to Al's post, we did compare the radio he purchased to the one in my car, which is a non-console GT/CS. As far as we could tell, the radio looks identical to mine, right down to the Philco branding.

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Old 06/18/2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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Should be the same console or not. I added a 4 speed console to my C code/C4 (it fits over the auto shifter bezel quite well) and the radio pulled out of the non-console bezel and then right into the console...

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Old 06/18/2013, 12:39 PM   #4
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1967 and 1968 Ford used different radio knobs with or without consoles.
We sell the reproduction 1968 console knobs.
http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/l4e7.html

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Old 06/18/2013, 01:44 PM   #5
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Hi Al

If you already don't have one, you will probably need the rear mounting bracket also shown on the same page which CougarCJ is reflecting the knobs. When I installed my center console it was missing the bracket so I had to get one for it. Luckly my mustang guy had the knobs and bracket. One of my Canadian friends also had his radio coverted to am/fm and adaptable for playing ipod and other plug ins. It was pricey though - I think around $400.00 C$ - four or five years ago. But he was glad he did it.

Hope to see you again if you are going to the International Mustang Meet which is going to be hosted by the GVMA in Vancouver next year (Labor Day weekend). I will be attending the one in Bozeman, MT, this year also.

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Old 06/18/2013, 02:24 PM   #6
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1967 and 1968 Ford used different radio knobs with or without consoles.
We sell the reproduction 1968 console knobs.
http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/l4e7.html
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Old 06/18/2013, 07:31 PM   #7
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IIRC, '67 thru '73 radios should all fit the same holes, console or not. I assume you're referring to the knob shafts (not knobs). I've installed AM, AM/FM, AM/FM stereo radios in '68 Mustangs without ever having a fitment problem. Only differences were the knobs for a console application (longer to accommodate the console pad).
I have an AM/FM to install in the Aqua CS I bought from Arlie. When I get to 'work' tomorrow I'll measure the distance between the shafts and let you know. Also, I'll check my stash- I may have an AM if you want it.
The AM/FM's I've installed are not specifically '68 versions, (not concourse correct) but passable.

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Old 06/18/2013, 08:10 PM   #8
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Al;
I have had collector insurance on all of my mustangs, even the current cobra svt. I have never had a car looked at for being stock. Is that the only insurance you can get, provincial? We have lot's of carriers to chose from in Alberta, better move here.
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Old 06/19/2013, 12:43 PM   #9
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The shafts are 5 3/4" separation.

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Old 06/19/2013, 02:47 PM   #10
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I'm pretty sure they are also adjustable.
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Old 06/20/2013, 05:12 AM   #11
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Al,
you stated:
"The knobs appear to be about 3/4" too wide and will not fit through either the metal console backing plate or the black vinyl console pad. The faceplate and the tuner buttons on this radio are also too large to fit through the openings on either the metal plate or the console pad too."

If I am reading this right, you are trying to put the knobs and the faceplate 'through' the backing plate. They are NOT suppose to fit through the plate, only butt up to it. Has your console backing plate been cut or modified, many have to accomodate the newer radios. I have attached what the correct console backing plate should look like with the extended 'tabs' that the radio knobs butt up to and the second picture shows what many look like after they have been cut (please note the cut off one is a '67 plate). Note if you have the correct 'uncut' backing plate neither the knobs or faceplate go through the backing plate but just butt up to it.

The only thing you can do is purchase a new back...I have not been able to find a fix to this as of yet.

Hope this helps.

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Old 06/20/2013, 11:22 AM   #12
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Question Hmmmm ...

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I'm pretty sure they are also adjustable.
The width of the radio shafts can be adjusted? Any suggestions on how we would go about doing that? That just might cure a bunch of the problem, plus we'll double check the backing plate to see if it has been altered or not in case that is part of the problem too.
Haven't had a chance to do anything about it yet since I've been laid low for about the past 10 days with a pinched sciatic nerve causing me a bunch of pain in my right leg. Can't even drive my truck with an automatic right now little lone the 4 speed "beast" and I'm hobbling around the house on a cane ...

I may have passed my "best before" date, but I haven't reached my "expiry" date!
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The shafts are not adjustable on the AM/FM I have.

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Old 06/20/2013, 02:41 PM   #14
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Another possibility too ...

I guess we'd better check the part number on the backing plate I have too just in case it's the wrong backing plate for the application? What is the correct factory Ford part number for the radio backing plate for a '68 Mustang console?

I may have passed my "best before" date, but I haven't reached my "expiry" date!
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Old 06/21/2013, 11:22 AM   #15
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Al,
you stated:
"The knobs appear to be about 3/4" too wide and will not fit through either the metal console backing plate or the black vinyl console pad. The faceplate and the tuner buttons on this radio are also too large to fit through the openings on either the metal plate or the console pad too."

If I am reading this right, you are trying to put the knobs and the faceplate 'through' the backing plate. They are NOT suppose to fit through the plate, only butt up to it. Has your console backing plate been cut or modified, many have to accomodate the newer radios. I have attached what the correct console backing plate should look like with the extended 'tabs' that the radio knobs butt up to and the second picture shows what many look like after they have been cut (please note the cut off one is a '67 plate). Note if you have the correct 'uncut' backing plate neither the knobs or faceplate go through the backing plate but just butt up to it.

The only thing you can do is purchase a new back...I have not been able to find a fix to this as of yet.

Hope this helps.

Doug
Doug is right on, Simple said the radio is mounted to console face with no knobs on. There should be thin nuts on each shaft that sandwich the console face and allow you to tighten and secure the radio to the console face. You then slide the radio and console face in as one unit. Before you do that you install the back bracket to support the back of the radio in the console storage area.

After that is done you slide the radio and console face in. Ensure the center stud in the back of the radio is in the rear support hole. Snap on the padding and install the 4 screws (2 upper and 2 lower) that hold the console face to the dash and the console itself. Plug the wires in and irritate the crap out of your back putting the nut on the radio stud in the back!!

Last thing you do is put the knobs on! Of course you need the "deep" knobs that Scott recommended!! They are specific to a lower console with the padding.

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