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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 08, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Radio On?

Does the key need to be in the ignition or does the car need to be on for the radio to work? Or does it just work whenever you turn it on? 67 Coupe - A.M. Radio

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 08, 07:49 PM
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I just swapped out my AM for an original AM/FM. Put the key in, turn to acc. radio works fine.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 08, 09:27 AM
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You can wire it to turn on whenever you turn the radio on. Instead of hooking one wire to constant 12volts and the other wire to switched 12volts, hook them both to constant 12volts. That way you can turn it on WHENEVER you want, but you have to be careful to remember to turn it off or not leave it on for too long because your battery will die.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 08, 02:02 PM
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Re: Radio On?

Factory wire turns off when ign off
If u want to run ity with ign off..like I have
Hook into the orange wire that goes to the cig lighter.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 08, 04:01 PM
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Exactly. The two power wires for the radio are 1. 12v constant. That one operates your clock and presets. 2. switched 12 volts to give power to the unit. Just hook the switched 12 volts together with the wire you used for the constant 12 volts and it will run whenever you want. It's hard on your head unit though. You have to remember that you are going to have to turn the unit off and on constantly now. That is going to take its tole on the buttons. One of my first cars had the radio able to turn on whenever and the buttons got to the point that it wouldn't turn the volume up or when it did it would make a static noise and I would have to play with the knob to get it to raise the volume, but this was a knob style radio. If you have a button style power button, you probably won't have to worry that much, especially if it has a remote.

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Re: Radio On?

Thanks for all the info. The problem I was having was that the radio was dead, or so I thought. I took everything apart, pulled the radio and messed around and it came back to life. Probably a bad connection somewhere. I'm still going to take it apart and clean it out, it has about 40 years worth of dust in it. I was not sure if the radio would just turn on without the key. A lot of old cars did that, at least the ones my parents had did. I probably won't rewire it though, not for an A.M. radio.

Also got my heater / defroster fan working again while I was in there. All in all it was a good day.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 08, 06:54 AM
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Re: Radio On?

I would go to a computer shop and get a can of air. They use it blow off the key boards and such. It would work great for blowing out the dust.

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I took the radio apart and cleaned it out and got it working great. I even fixed the light. I had no idea there was an actual light bulb in there.

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