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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 13th, 12, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Testing help!

So I am looking at an 1968 Camaro AM/FM radio that is not tested. I am going to see the radio soon. How can i test it to see if it works? What ways are there to power it up without the car?

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Re: Testing help!

A cheap plug in 12V power supply from Radio Shack or similar. Or a car battery and some wire(s).
Get a couple alligator clips if it doesn't come with any. Bring your antenna also so you can see if it tunes.

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Re: Testing help!

Ya just have a 12 volt power source like a battery or trandformer and connect the power and ground leads. Bring a speaker and connect it to the speaker leads one at a time.


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Re: Testing help!

Oh yeah... a speaker would help too! LOL!!

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Re: Testing help!

Get some 1/4" female spade terminals from Radio Shack. Crimp or solder a few feet of wire to three of them. One is +12, one is ground and the negative side of the speaker, and the last is the positive side of the speaker. The terminals should be marked on the radio. Bring a few feet of wire for the antenna. If it does work, don't turn it up too loud with an 8 ohm speaker. They were made for 10 and those old transistors are easy to blow. Use a car battery or a good clean power supply (no battery chargers).
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Re: Testing help!

FYI, from the factory, the power is grounded through the chassis. Only the negative side of the speaker is attached to the radio... I just put the negative wire to the radio body itself. Probably not an issue. But thought I would pass it along. And yes, they used a 10 ohm speaker. Be careful there, too... Mine was still in the dash! ;-)


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