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 Post subject: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
PostPosted: Apr Sun 04, 2021 5:08 pm 
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Present from auction house owner.

Doesn't look like made to fit in dash.

What do I need to test/operate this?


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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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It will run off a 6 volt DC power supply capable of providing about 10 amps under load.

There's really no interest at all in aftermarket car radios like that one. They do usually work fairly well with a good enough antenna. Some people used to convert them to run on AC power and listen to them in the house or garage. But they have pretty close to zero value, which explains why that one was given to you.

People who own collector cars only want the OEM factory radios for their vehicles, and usually have a spare one already.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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Have you had it opened up? If it's all there, would you consider selling it? P.M. me if so, thanks,Perry

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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I actually still use a re-purposed car radio in the bathroom, but not a vintage tube unit like this! It's a [EDIT]1980 factory s/s radio from a [EDIT] 1980 Honda Accord (long sold!)... I replaced the radio in it with a high-end after-market unit ([EDIT] Blaupunkt)
The bathroom radio runs off a 14 VDC (from 120 VAC) P/S and feeds a Koss M65 Plus speaker... sounds very good!
If I had your tube radio, I would likely restore it for workshop use.
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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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The Automatic Radio model D-200 is a car radio for Dodge and Plymouth 1949-1950.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/automatic ... _1950.html

I don't remember how they looked in the car.
I do remember the sign a repair shop owner made after working on a 1949 Dodge.
It said "We don't know a d*** thing about Dodges."

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yummy yummy... lemon cake.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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I had a 1950 Plymouth club coupe. Lost it in a divorce settlement, oh well....it didn't have a radio, but I can see how it would fit.

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Have you had it opened up? If it's all there, would you consider selling it? P.M. me if so, thanks,Perry

Will do!

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Mr. Detrola wrote:
It will run off a 6 volt DC power supply capable of providing about 10 amps under load.

There's really no interest at all in aftermarket car radios like that one. They do usually work fairly well with a good enough antenna. Some people used to convert them to run on AC power and listen to them in the house or garage. But they have pretty close to zero value, which explains why that one was given to you.

People who own collector cars only want the OEM factory radios for their vehicles, and usually have a spare one already.

Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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yummy yummy... lemon cake.

:) Greg.

You spotted that!

Yes, it was delish! :D

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I actually still use a re-purposed car radio in the bathroom, but not a vintage tube unit like this! It is a 1970's factory s/s radio from a Honda Accord (long sold!)... I replaced the radio in it with a high-end after-market unit (brand forgotten!)
The bathroom radio runs off a 14 VDC (from 120 VAC) P/S and feeds a Koss M65 Plus speaker... sounds very good!
If I had your tube radio, I would likely restore it for workshop use.
Cheers,
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Thanks, Roger!

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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The Automatic Radio model D-200 is a car radio for Dodge and Plymouth 1949-1950.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/automatic ... _1950.html

I don't remember how they looked in the car.
I do remember the sign a repair shop owner made after working on a 1949 Dodge.
It said "We don't know a d*** thing about Dodges."

Jay

Thanks, Jay!

The auctioneer did say it was from Plymouth.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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I had a 1950 Plymouth club coupe. Lost it in a divorce settlement, oh well....it didn't have a radio, but I can see how it would fit.

Yes, it is from a Plymouth.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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Mr. Detrola wrote:
It will run off a 6 volt DC power supply capable of providing about 10 amps under load.


Are you sure about that current requirement? Some years back I had a more recent tube car radio that worked fine in the house on a 12 volt/2 amp transformer.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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Mr. Detrola wrote:
It will run off a 6 volt DC power supply capable of providing about 10 amps under load.


Are you sure about that current requirement? Some years back I had a more recent tube car radio that worked fine in the house on a 12 volt/2 amp transformer.


The radio specifies 6 volts on the label.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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Dalton wrote:
fifties wrote:
Mr. Detrola wrote:
It will run off a 6 volt DC power supply capable of providing about 10 amps under load.


Are you sure about that current requirement? Some years back I had a more recent tube car radio that worked fine in the house on a 12 volt/2 amp transformer.


The radio specifies 6 volts on the label.

Right, it's an older radio than the one I had. At a point in time, car manufacturers changed from 6 to 12 volt ignition systems. My question was regarding current, not voltage. Amps, not volts.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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Sams Photofact in AR-2, shows rating of 5.4 amp at 6 volts.

EDIT: corrected spelling

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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The radio specifies 6 volts on the label.

Right, it's an older radio than the one I had. At a point in time, car manufacturers changed from 6 to 12 volt ignition systems. My question was regarding current, not voltage. Amps, not volts.


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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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That radio just needs a bit of TLC and the chrome trim to perk it up to $350. :D

This car has the deletes in place of a radio, needs one.


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 Post subject: Re: 6 Volt Car Radio, worth saving?
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Hey, that is exactly what my old Plymouth looked like, ok, to confuse things more for the discussion, I believe it was 6 volt, positive ground.

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