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Original Stereo in 1973
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    Original Stereo in 1973

    Hey, I have a 1973 Fastback in need of an original stereo head. The original one was removed by my brother and I'm looking to restore it with a replica of some sort. I just need to know which radio was specifically in this model mustang so I can try and keep it looking original.

    Thanks y'all.
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      RE: Original Stereo in 1973

      There actually were different iterations, dependent upon what was ordered originally. If you want to go to something "original" to that particular car, i would suggest you order the Marti Report (Goggle it if you have not heard of it before) which should show you what was in the car originally.

      Armed with that, you can go about purchasing what you need. Most of the mustang part houses have systems in stock that will mirror what came in the cars originally.

      Hope this helps.

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        RE: Original Stereo in 1973

        Thanks,
        I'll check it out.
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          RE: Original Stereo in 1973

          The 73's came with three radio options to the best of my knowledge. You could get an AM, AM-8 Track, or an AM-FM Stereo.

          On the 73 Convertible the stereo speakers are in each door under the window handles and NO speaker in the center of the top of the dash (there are small pin holes in the dash were a speaker would go underneath, but not installed in the Stereo cars). The AM would only have the one speaker in the top center of the dash. I think the AM-8 Track only had the one speaker, but not 100% sure. I'm not sure about the number of speakers in Fastback.

          Here is a picture of the factory AM-FM Stereo in my 73 Convert (I'll look and see if I can find a better close-up picture).

          Of course these radios show up on eBay.

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          Here is another picture, You can see the hole in the left door for the speaker. This was just after the repaint before I reinstalled the speaker and door panel.

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            RE: Original Stereo in 1973

            Awesome, do you know of any way I could find out which radio was originally in mine? AM - AM/FM - AM 8Track? I'm still searching around the house for it, but if all else fails a replica would be nice. Thanks for the insight and the pictures. Nice car you have!
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              RE: Original Stereo in 1973

              No matter what the car came with originally, I would be looking for an original AM/FM stereo. My '73 had an AM in it when I got it. The tunes were pretty pathetic until I found a factory style AM/FM to install. You certainly aren't going to hurt the value of the car by doing that.
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                RE: Original Stereo in 1973

                (08-15-2010 11:57 PM)69 Rustang Wrote:  No matter what the car came with originally, I would be looking for an original AM/FM stereo. My '73 had an AM in it when I got it. The tunes were pretty pathetic until I found a factory style AM/FM to install. You certainly aren't going to hurt the value of the car by doing that.

                For $40 you can get a Marti Report that will tell you what options were on it originally. That'll address the originality issue.

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                Radios are plentiful on ebay and other sources...although some "restored" ones can be around the $300 mark...esp. 8 Track.

                There was a factory option for speakers in the doors (relatively easy retrofit if you like). It was separate from the radio option, unlike today's setups.
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                  RE: Original Stereo in 1973

                  If you go the aftermarket route, check out the unit from Retrosound USA. It sounds MUCH better than the Classic Autosound models. I have installed dozens of Retrosound radios with no problems. If you decide to go the original route, there are companies out there that can install new internals with AUX inputs while keeping the factory looks and controls.
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                    RE: Original Stereo in 1973

                    Actually the options were AM, AM/FM Stereo, or AM/FM Stereo-Sonic Tape System (8-track).

                    Also remember that a popular way of doing things at this time was getting "dealer installed" options. For example, my '73 Grandé', according to my Marti Report, was ordered with an AM radio. However, it has an "original" AM/FM 8-track. The owner history is pretty good, but can't confirm, although likely, that the original owner had the dealer install the upgraded radio. But it did NOT include the door speakers.

                    Separately, I'm going to install the door speakers - Already have the grills. Question...Does anyone know the original speaker size for the door speakers?

                    I'm adding my first pictures also...She's an 87,000 mi. ALL original, except, paint (1 yr old), tires/wheels (brand new), exhaust, brakes and new electronic ignition.


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                      RE: Original Stereo in 1973

                      Cool looking car. The AM/FM is a fairly good sounding unit. Never heard the others. Speakers make any stereo system.
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