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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 12, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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How to connect radio power?

Hey guys, I am hooking up my 67 Delco AM radio that has had an AM/FM conversion and aux input added.

The instructions say to connect the red wire on the back of the radio (pic provided) to the original 12 volt radio power line or switched 12 volt source/ existing ignition accessory circuit.

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h2...adioBack-1.jpg

What is the correct and/or best way to make this connection?

I will also rewiring my car (AAW factory fit) and do not want to hack into the harness if possible...
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Re: How to connect radio power???

There should be an open terminal on the fuse box.

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Re: How to connect radio power???

I usually use quick splice connectors to tap into an existing wire.

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...questid=301516

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 12, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: How to connect radio power???

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There should be an open terminal on the fuse box.
So just run the wire to the to the fuse box. What location do I plug it in to?
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Re: How to connect radio power???

I looked for a picture of a 67 Camaro fuse block and you need to get a 1/4" female fully insulated crimp on connector end and this will attach to your red wire on the radio and then this wire with the end on it will plug into the 1/4" male terminal on the fuse block labeled "ACC FUSED". This seems to be the top right terminal on the fuse block. This terminal being fused is wired through the fuse to the left of this terminal.

The ACC FUSED terminal should show power when the key is in the run and accessory position only. If you used the LAMPS then the radio would only work when the headlights were on (and the dash light dimer switch was full on) so you wouldn't use that one. If you used the IGN.FUSED then the radio would only work when the key was in the run position. Again I wouldn't use that one. The last terminal is a BAT.FUSED and this one is hot all the time and again I wouldn't use that one either.

If for some reason there is a wire and plug in the ACC FUSED spot then what you can do is make up a "Y" connector. By taking a short length of wire, strip and connect it to the red wire on your radio and then on the left over short end of wire, strip and crimp on a male 1/4" terminal to it. Now unplug what is connected to the ACC FUSED terminal, plug in your new 1/4" female to the fuse block and then what was plugged into the fuse block before, plug this onto the new 1/4" male terminal.

If the red wire on the radio is not long enough, properly extend it.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 12, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Re: How to connect radio power???

SOA-Nova (and others who posted), thanks for the help. It clears up almost everything for me. Your "Y" connector stumped me but just because I would probably need to see one to understand.

What else would this "ACC FUSED" terminal location be used for? I have everything apart and dont remember if there was anything occupying this...
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This shows you a "y" connector.

http://order.waytekwire.com/products...%20Connectors/

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