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F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: Westds ()
Date: November 21, 2019 01:20PM

This is a 1966 Delco AM/FM Radio Model 986118. It was just refurbished in October. The chrome on the radio is excellent the chrome on the faceplate is not as good but serviceable. See photos if you need more PM me and I can email them to you. Asking $600.00 plus shipping from 95630. The radio has a 90 day limited parts and labor warranty on the repair starting 10/31/2019.


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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: Grandpacorvair ()
Date: November 21, 2019 03:00PM

Observation.....I need to go back into electronics! winking smiley

Curious, what was the FM xxxxx transistor...couldn't make out the rest.

NOT a commentary on the labor charge as I have no idea as the number of hours involved in the repair. 53 year old radios can be an huge PITA to work on...

Kerry Borgne
Birmingham, Michigan

1963 Spyder Convertible

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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Date: November 22, 2019 12:42AM


1966 Corvair
RPO:U69 Delco AM/FM Push Button Radio|1303 produced

Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 Corsa 140 Coupe ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Convertible Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza Spyder Convertible ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 CoupeEvening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: TGriffin ()
Date: November 22, 2019 08:27AM

This is a subject I am interested in since IO have also explored the possibility of fixing my original radio, but I only have rudimentary electrical experience.

I have assumed one of the big problems in my old radio would be dried out capacitors.

To Grandpacorvair, you were asking about the transistor?

I see that the guy used a 10uF, 33uF, and 2 100uF capacitors- all are 16V. The transistor just says 'mixer transistor' on the receipt.

this makes me want to take my radio apart and give it another look! Perhaps just go and replace the capacitors in mine and try to figure out what is the mixer transistor.

1964 Monza 'vert
Mount Joy, PA

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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: Westds ()
Date: November 22, 2019 09:16AM

The transistor tat was replaced is the FM Mixer in the radio, it has nothing to do with the multiplexed unit. I also have a copy of the original Delco manual for this radio and warnings and cautions for installation that will go with it.

I believe that only 1303 AM-FM radios were sold to Corvair buyers, however this radio was used in many GM automobiles with different face plates.

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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: November 22, 2019 10:00AM

All -

The shop that repaired the radio is Fred Bybee, and long, long time Corvair guy. Fred does excellent work.

I have bought several re-coned speakers from him in the past (and even one recently) and his work is all top notch.

Eric P.
DeWitt, IA

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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: Westds ()
Date: November 23, 2019 02:12PM

I got a chance to power the radio on and verify the operation in both AM and FM.
I must say it sounds amazing, good tone and good station sensitivity,

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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: Westds ()
Date: November 28, 2019 09:49PM


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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: November 28, 2019 10:53PM

Hope it finds a good home. Me, I have an original faceplate with a modern radio behind it.


Eric C. Player, Porterville, CA
Member: CORSA National, Central Coast CORSA, South Coast CORSA, and San Joaquin Valley Corvair Club
THEN: 1965 Monza 110 Canary Yellow
1967 Monza 140 Red
1966 500 110, Black; nicknamed "Shadow"
1965 Monza 110, Camaro Yellow; nicknamed "Silver"
NOW: 1966 Corsa 180 Turbo; nicknamed "Bluvair"

"It would not have helped if I had [taken notes], as he would start a paragraph with, 'It is therefore obvious. . .'
and go on from there to matters which may have been obvious to him and God but to no one else."
-- Robert A. Heinlein, character of Daniel B. Davis, 'The Door Into Summer.'


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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: jrsport ()
Date: December 01, 2019 12:33PM

Hello Westds,
At least in 1966 were both faceplates the same? If the AM/FM radio was the same as many other GM cars, was there anything unique about the ones in Corvairs? How can you tell them apart? Thanks, James Reeve

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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: Westds ()
Date: December 02, 2019 01:59PM

The 65 through 69 faceplates were the same for both AM and AM-FM radios. The LM Corvairs had about a 15 degree slant from top to bottom, because of this slant the Corvair radio had a matching slanted face. I do not think this radio would fit other GM cars without changing the front portion of the radio. The radio faceplate
removed the remainder of the AM-FM radio is identical for all GM cars.

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Re: F/S Delco AM/FM Radio
Posted by: Marco_a_p ()
Date: December 02, 2019 02:21PM

The radios are not all the same from GM car model to model.
Many parts interchange. Configurations are different from model to model.
Face plates are only part of the difference.

When it comes to AM/FM's the flipper mechs are different between the various models. Power transistors and heat sinks vary in location, from rear, to either side. Dial light come in from different directions.

Years ago I found an AM/FM radio in a pile of radios. I recognized it due to its heat sink (AM's dont have them) It had a Corvair AM Face plate with the lense. However looking through the lens I could see the Am/FM dial farther back.

I recognized this ad a 67 chevelle AM/FM with the corvair face plate. A few years before I encountered this radio, i had found and purchased Corvair AM/FM body. Less all the electronics. I transfer the Corvair specific roller dial, pointer and AM/FM selector switch, plus the dial lamp and pieces of the radio body. Relocated the speaker jack and the power transistor/heat sink.

It is now a fully functional Coravir AM/FM smiling smiley

A 2nd Gen Monza Wagon, a 2nd Gen GB 8door, a 2nd Gen (61's were 1st Gen) R/s and a 62nd Gen Turbo coupe..

Hanging out with the scorpions, king snakes, road runners, coyotes and quails In the southern desert of the silver state
Mesquite NV 89024

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