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    Made a hard decision today, don't know if it was the right decision but I own it now. While sourcing parts for my car I sent out the original AM/FM radio for clean and repair to B/C electronics in Pennsylvania. It ended up only needing a tune and clean and for just under $200.00 I was confident that I would have a good working original radio in my 72, and it is. Recently while going through all of my extra parts collected throughout the years I came across two original radios with excellent face plates, knobs etc... One is an early AM auto search model from one of the first 700 cars and the other is an AM/FM from a 72. I removed the antenna switches, face plates and knobs and sent them in to be checked out by B/C. Shortly after, I received a call and the short of it is the estimate for the total repair for both radios was around $800.00. I asked that they give me a chance to think about it. After a couple of weeks I made the call today and gave them the go ahead. I decided that I would hate to see these original radios scrapped.
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    WOW,That's can of pricey. I have a AM/8track with a 8 track fm radio that came out of 510. Was this a dealer installed radio It looked like a factory.It's a Hitachi 8 Track Car Stereo Player with Radio model CST-113BA. The fm radio looks like a 8 track.
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    As I get told every time I get an anthrax shot "don't tense up, it'll only hurt more".
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    For that price they should be near or close to perfect when done. I hope it is worth it. If your getting that redone I hope you are having the cone on the speaker redone also, that is a lot cheaper.

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    Good on ya Jerry - I would do exactly the same thing.

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    Now they won't need a cleaning again till 2050. Nice work.
    1973 240z coming back to life

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    if it were me i'de give them a call back and cancel that
    order to repair after finding out i already had a good radio. i had one of those seeking radios from i think it was #43 car that was totalled. there seems to be a pretty good supply of those on ebay. i've bought several and there is one on there now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hr369 View Post
    if it were me i'de give them a call back and cancel that
    order to repair after finding out i already had a good radio. i had one of those seeking radios from i think it was #43 car that was totalled. there seems to be a pretty good supply of those on ebay. i've bought several and there is one on there now.
    Here's an NOS AM/FM:
    70 71 72 73 Datsun 240Z 240 Z Hitachi Am FM Radio Kit | eBay
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    Default dupe

    dupe post......
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    wow for 1300 bucks someone could probably gut the original radio and update it with state of the art bluetooth and satellite radio
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    As long as the Face Plates were perfect - having $400.00 in each radio is reasonable. I would have done the samething...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Beck View Post
    As long as the Face Plates were perfect - having $400.00 in each radio is reasonable. I would have done the samething...
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    I have approximately 6 of the Hitachi 240Z AM/FM radios and 2 of the 240Z AM radios plus a few of the 260Z/280Z radios that I have purchased over the years. The only problem is that I don't have enough good face plates and knobs for all of them.
    Steve

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    reproduction radio faceplates could be made easily with 3d printers

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    I am working on the knobs, I already have the knobs done. I will be sending the first batch of twenty to be chromed in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonetreesteve View Post
    I have approximately 6 of the Hitachi 240Z AM/FM radios and 2 of the 240Z AM radios plus a few of the 260Z/280Z radios that I have purchased over the years. The only problem is that I don't have enough good face plates and knobs for all of them.

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    I bought a totally restored am/fm radio back when I was restoring my interior. Looks and works great along with the power antenna (considering what it is) - after spending several hundred dollars on it I installed a second modern unit in the glove box that is hidden.................the thinks we do for our cars!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nix240z View Post
    I am working on the knobs, I already have the knobs done. I will be sending the first batch of twenty to be chromed in the near future.

    steve
    That's great news, Steve! Please let me know when they are available to purchase.
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    Will do, here is a test sample of the knobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonetreesteve View Post
    That's great news, Steve! Please let me know when they are available to purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nix240z View Post
    Will do, here is a test sample of the knobs.

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    Are these refurbed knobs or 3D printed reproductions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoJoe View Post
    Are these refurbed knobs or 3D printed reproductions?
    The knobs are cast urethane reproductions.

    steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by nix240z View Post
    The knobs are cast urethane reproductions.

    steve
    Great stuff, love the things you are making available for our cars Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montezuma View Post
    Great stuff, love the things you are making available for our cars Steve.
    Working on a Radio faceplate also.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by nix240z View Post
    Working on a Radio faceplate also.

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    Which one - vertical antenna rocker switch or L/R switch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by psdenno View Post
    Which one - vertical antenna rocker switch or L/R switch?
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    L/R switch

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    I just decided, and purchased an original radio for my 72. I can't wait to hear mono AM and FM in there! I think restoring the radios, is a good investment. Prices are going up rather quickly. I am considering trying a Bluetooth to FM modulator to play music off my phone, and broadcast it to the original radio on FM. Too bad its only mono.

    iSimple Bluetooth FM Modulator ISFM21 - Best Buy
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    I enjoy the simplicity and look of the original radio.

    There is an oldies AM station I pickup.

    It is like 1972 allover again.

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