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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 09, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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I installed my new retrosound radio, works great, but kinda upset that it can only be on when the car is on ignition hot... is there anyway that if i turn the key once or one back, it will turn on, so i dont have to have it on ign. hot at all time? OR if i connect the ign. hot from the radio to a constant 12v battery, will that solve the problem, as long as i turn it off before i leave the car?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 09, 10:46 PM
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Re: Retrosound Radio Question

You want to connect the red power lead to the ACC source on your fuse block and it will work when ignition is on or the key in the ACC position. The yellow wire is the only thing that should be connected to full time hot to keep the clock, etc. running.

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 09, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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makes sense, i will give it a shot, thanks

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What Larry said x2. I recently installed my RetroSound that way and it works great.

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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 09, 02:18 PM
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Can you guys post pics of your radios installed?? I'm leaning toward Retrosound myself and would like to see how they look and how well they fit.
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Some pics from some RetroSound threads...
https://www.camaros.net/forums/showpo...6&postcount=16
https://www.camaros.net/forums/showpo...7&postcount=20
https://www.camaros.net/forums/showpo...05&postcount=8
https://www.camaros.net/forums/showpo...47&postcount=9

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 09, 03:05 PM
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Thanks for the thread guys, here are some pix I took of a 67 at our office:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cntstpd...96755946/show/

and here's another where a customer modded his 69 Firebird to accomodate the 67-68 face: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cntstpd...87217621/show/
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Wow!! Looks pretty good!
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old Dec 31st, 09, 07:55 AM
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Thanks, and please note that all of our knobs are all metal!!

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 10, 10:37 AM
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When I hooked up my Retrosound so it would work in the acc or ign mode, it somehow back-fed a voltage to the field of my alt, which got hot and eventually drained the battery. This happened even though the radio was off. I had to settle for running the radio only in the ign mode. This could be incidental to my car only but I wanted you to know because this took me days to fiqure out. Also, I believe if you hook both wires to a battery source, the radio will stay illuminated....if I remember correctly.

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That's weird. Does the radio have both a hot-all-the-time and switched power source? Perhaps a diode is needed on the power line. Kind of sounds like the old MSD problem where voltage back feeds the switch power source.

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That's weird. Does the radio have both a hot-all-the-time and switched power source? Perhaps a diode is needed on the power line. Kind of sounds like the old MSD problem where voltage back feeds the switch power source.
I was thinking about installing a diode in the switched power wire (and it can't hurt to put one in the batt wire also) but it's pretty low on my priority list right now, since I only listen to the radio when I'm driving. When it's parked in my garage, I use my 45 year old Panasonic am/fm/turntable!!!

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I'm ordering my new Retro sound radio today. Other than getting the x-tra black faceplate, do I need to get anything else x-tra to complete my installation such as any type of bracket for the backside of the radio? (up under the dash). Stock 1967 camaro. Thanks
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You should not need anything outside what comes in the box. I was able to install my RetroSound without any issues. The kit includes a bracket that mounts to the back on the unit.

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Here is what my head unit looks like opening and closing:





I know what some of you are going to say. Why did I cut up my dash? Well, because my system has 4v RCA output reference. What does that mean? The higher the RCA output voltage, the better the sound transfers from the head unit to the amplifiers and that means better output to the subs. Not to mention, my head unit, when turned off, disappears making potential thieves go on to the next vehicle. Granted the 2 shaft radio doesn't look too enticing, but anyone who knows auto electronics and car audio will know what you have in your dash and an alarm IS NOT going to stop them. All they need to do is remove the front turn signal bulb from the socket, stick a scewdriver in the socket and BLAMO, no more car alarm. If your car alarm makes your turn signals flash when the alarm is triggered, then they can short out the alarm just by shorting out the turn signal socket. Just some food for thought for you guys who think you're safe because you have an alarm.

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