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15 Nov 2003 07:01 #980 by Bill Hummel
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Well I finally got my radio! It is a Philco 827 and it is in very good condition. I have the easy part done .. the radio head is in my dash!

Now the hard part. Here's my situation:

This is an original radio which I believe ran on 6 volts, positive ground.

My car has ben converted to 12-volts negative ground.

I know this is an IQ test, but I am not doing so well. What is the best way to adapt this radio to use in my Cabriolet?

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15 Nov 2003 12:51 #981 by samsonized
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going for 6 positive to 12 negative is not a problem check out hemmings and there are several different people under supplies that sell convertors. another thought would be to go to one of the radio restorers and have the radio converted to late style with high power and 12v. cosmetics would stay the same but you would have later technology. if i am thinking of the right person you have the black cord with the ford in it. this would make a good upgrade for a modified car. if you have any questions i can be reached anytime at 219-771-6453 samsonized

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15 Nov 2003 16:14 #982 by Bill Hummel
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Ford!

I am outraged and insulted that you would insinuate that I would have a Ford engine under the hood of my Cabriolet.

It's an Olds 455 ... for the time being. I am still considering whether to take it back to 100% original.

I have a LOT to do before then. Right now I am redoing the Top Irons and fabric top. Next, is a complete redo of the interior.

The LAST thing I am going to tackle, is the engine compartment.

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15 Nov 2003 21:20 #983 by samsonized
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are you front or rear drive is is a steel or glass body

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23 Nov 2003 16:32 #1007 by Ric Simpson
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Hi! If one is going to modify his radio, I would suggest that he think long and hard about it! The original 6V radio was a very fine radio in its day. A new 12V radio could be found that would be very much smaller, better, etc. and give you more room in the under dash compartment. Leave the original on the shelf to be passed on until a total purist wants the hum of the vibrator, the slow warm up time and all the other sounds and sensations that go with the original radio. I doubt whether anyone would want to return a modified original back to its original state. The fact that you are using 12V indicates you can handle a little non-original modification, so why not go with a non-original FM stereo system tucked neatly up under the dash?
I am running a 12V system, with GPS, CB, and all the goodies. When you are at speed with the top down, any radio is going to be hard to listen to. Why would you want to when there is so much more to enjoy with the wind, s/c whine, and engine roar behind you. I think I'll go for a drive! Ric.

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2001 Niagara Parkway,
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Canada. L2A 5M4

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23 Nov 2003 16:44 #1008 by Bill Hummel
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Hi Ric,

I have all the parts for the original Philco 827 including a manual, antenna, head, radio, insulators, etc.

Your suggestion is pretty much what I have decided to do. The Radio Head is already in my dash. Looks great! I am putting the original radio/speaker in just for looks.

I have a 300-watt Klipsch sound system with XM Radio that I am using for the music. All of it is completely invisible and non-invasive. My requirement was that I could hear the music with the top down at 70mph.

I figure it is ok to add modern conveniences as long as the original car is not damaged or altered in any way.


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