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Best radio replacements for 1971 Mustang
#1
Hi - I'm getting ready to change out my old radio for something up to date with more options.  I am working on my 1971 Spring Sport Edition Mustang coupe.  Here is a picture that the original owners gave me showing what it looked like in the early 70's.  It was Lime Green with a white hard top.  It has dark green interior.  They gave me a box of parts with the car.  In the box was a Philco AM radio.  Installed in the car is a AM/FM radio of no special manufacturer.  Now that I am getting to the point of reinstalling the interior, I thought maybe I would upgrade the radio.  I'm not trying to keep the car perfectly original, so installing the old AM radio does not appeal to me. I want to see what other members bought and installed to upgrade their radios.  Also, it would be good to hear about which radios to stay away from and the reasons, such as: did not fit in the faceplate, needs special speakers, cheap product, etc.  Here are three pictures: The original 1971 Spring Sport picture, the original Philco AM radio, and the currently installed radio which I want to upgrade.

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#2
Hi Gary

I went down the same road as you. One of the previous owners had butchered the radio facia so I decided to upgrade to a Kenwood DMX7 series head unit.

It has some great functions including Waze navigation through an App on your phone. Runs any speakers you want be it straight from the head unit or through an amplifier.

As my facia was already damaged I used a Dremel to make the new unit fit.

Here is a not so good pic of the head unit - was taking photo of the gauge upgrade.


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Adelaide

73 Mach 1
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runninpony 
(10-21-2018, 01:10 AM)Bought a "Slide Bar" radio that fits nicely, looks decent and sounds great! Gary Wrote: Hi - I'm getting ready to change out my old radio for something up to date with more options.  I am working on my 1971 Spring Sport Edition Mustang coupe.  Here is a picture that the original owners gave me showing what it looked like in the early 70's.  It was Lime Green with a white hard top.  It has dark green interior.  They gave me a box of parts with the car.  In the box was a Philco AM radio.  Installed in the car is a AM/FM radio of no special manufacturer.  Now that I am getting to the point of reinstalling the interior, I thought maybe I would upgrade the radio.  I'm not trying to keep the car perfectly original, so installing the old AM radio does not appeal to me. I want to see what other members bought and installed to upgrade their radios.  Also, it would be good to hear about which radios to stay away from and the reasons, such as: did not fit in the faceplate, needs special speakers, cheap product, etc.  Here are three pictures: The original 1971 Spring Sport picture, the original Philco AM radio, and the currently installed radio which I want to upgrade.

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71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
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runninpony 
(10-21-2018, 05:37 AM)NOT A T5 Wrote:
(10-21-2018, 01:10 AM)Bought a "Slide Bar" radio that fits nicely, looks decent and sounds great! Gary Wrote: Hi - I'm getting ready to change out my old radio for something up to date with more options.  I am working on my 1971 Spring Sport Edition Mustang coupe.  Here is a picture that the original owners gave me showing what it looked like in the early 70's.  It was Lime Green with a white hard top.  It has dark green interior.  They gave me a box of parts with the car.  In the box was a Philco AM radio.  Installed in the car is a AM/FM radio of no special manufacturer.  Now that I am getting to the point of reinstalling the interior, I thought maybe I would upgrade the radio.  I'm not trying to keep the car perfectly original, so installing the old AM radio does not appeal to me. I want to see what other members bought and installed to upgrade their radios.  Also, it would be good to hear about which radios to stay away from and the reasons, such as: did not fit in the faceplate, needs special speakers, cheap product, etc.  Here are three pictures: The original 1971 Spring Sport picture, the original Philco AM radio, and the currently installed radio which I want to upgrade.

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71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
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#5
Hi - I'm getting ready to change out my old radio for something up to date with more options.  I am working on my 1971 Spring Sport Edition Mustang coupe.  Here is a picture that the original owners gave me showing what it looked like in the early 70's.  It was Lime Green with a white hard top.  It has dark green interior.  They gave me a box of parts with the car.  In the box was a Philco AM radio.  Installed in the car is a AM/FM radio of no special manufacturer.  Now that I am getting to the point of reinstalling the interior, I thought maybe I would upgrade the radio.  I'm not trying to keep the car perfectly original, so installing the old AM radio does not appeal to me. I want to see what other members bought and installed to upgrade their radios.  Also, it would be good to hear about which radios to stay away from and the reasons, such as: did not fit in the faceplate, needs special speakers, cheap product, etc.  Here are three pictures: The original 1971 Spring Sport picture, the original Philco AM radio, and the currently installed radio which I want to upgrade.

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#6
Thanks Legless One and Not a T5.  I will look into both of those options that you provided.  I know that CJPonyParts.com and NationalPartsDepot carry replacement radios for 1971 Mustangs.  I just wasn't sure if they fit the radio bezel opening or if I have to customize the fit.  I definitely want something that is up to date and looks good.  Here is a picture of the 71 radio bezel.
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#7
Do a forum search for radio (under More, upper right of this page), you should be able to find several examples of what others have done. Here's an example:
https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-aust...ebar-radio?



“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
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#8
(10-21-2018, 06:14 PM)Don C Wrote: Do a forum search for radio (under More, upper right of this page), you should be able to find several examples of what others have done. Here's an example:
https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-aust...ebar-radio?
Hi Don, I did a search for Radio.  I found 6 threads.  I read thru them all.  Thanks for the advice. - Gary
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#9
I finally selected the radio and speakers and they are now installed. I went with the Custom Autosound 230. I like the look and the sound.
1971 Mustang Coupe - Spring Sport Edition

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(06-29-2019, 12:02 AM)Gary Wrote: I finally selected the radio and speakers and they are now installed.  I went with the Custom Autosound 230.  I like the look and the sound.
1971 Mustang Coupe - Spring Sport Edition

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Looks great! Does it have bluetooth and USB Audio connections?
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