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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 5th, 11, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Where to get radio installed

I am about 40 years older than the last time I owned a camaro and alot less flexible. Car has no radio this time,,just a huge ugly hole in the dash where it used to be. I really only want a basic am/fm radio but a regular simple cd player would be okay also. What would you buy? And where to get it installed.???

On a related note there is only a cut off black wire and a yellow wire(by back of radio). Towards the speaker there is a loose orange and white wire for front speaker,,,havent looked at whats on back window speakers. No terminals or ends anywhere.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 5th, 11, 02:52 PM
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Re: where to get radio installed

I just picked up a Retro Sound radio myself. It's an AM/FM radio that also has USB,AUX ports too for an iPod etc... I installed it my self along with an amp and speakers etc. You could get something like that and take it to a place like Best Buy and get it installed if you don't want to fool with it. To do it right it is a fair amount of work. I already had the interior tore out so it wasn't quite so bad for me.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old May 5th, 11, 02:56 PM
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Anywhere that sells radios "should" be able to install...But I would NOT leave it to be picked up later....I would wait
Not that I don't trust the installers...it's the 16-20something year old, keys, and a muscle car that doesn't set well with me. We were all there one time

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old May 7th, 11, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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went to leading place to see new radios. Bottom line am/fm radio with a cd player was about !10 bucks,,,not too bad.

Asked abount installation,,sent over to that place so they could look and see. Good news is guy said everything was right there and accesible for easy install. They are booked solid for at LEAST 3 weeks.

THEN they start spouting off this is such an old car cant just plug it together with normal 50 dollar install,,,so they surcharge it another 35 bucks plus various parts,,of which I dont know,,maybe a few inches of wire,,,anyway they said 100 bucks or so if they didnt find other problems of which they always do.

so long story short they want 100 to install a 110 radio,,,mostly cause its old and they get the keys in morning and you get them back that night. Dont think I trust these guys that far.

What happened to these shade tree experts that can put 4 or 5 wires together in about 20 minutes and hang it in the existing hole??
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I don't see the "upcharge" as it's a straight forward install.... yes, it doesn't just "plug in" but ain't worth that much IMO.

Check a few other places out....

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old May 8th, 11, 01:30 PM
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What shaft radio were you buying for $110.00?
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old May 8th, 11, 08:47 PM
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They're wanting to charge you because they likely don't have wiring diagrams to show them what is what and there is no adapter available for your car. Most of their installs they're probable used to using the plug adapter that plugs into the car's harness and then wires to the new radio harness. If you know what wires go where, any one is a plug and play as far as I'm concerned.....pretty much every decent radio uses a plug-in harness so you can wire it up before putting the radio in, then you just plug it into the radio.

I'd get a decent Sony or something with a USB and aux input on the front off ebay and do it yourself if the hole has been hacked. Then pull the front seat out, put some cushions on the floor for your knees, and have at it.

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Try to find a resto type shop to do the install. Stay far, far away from any "chain" type place.
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