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    hello all— first post by a new owner. From what I’ve gathered Stag radios were largely dealer installed and not uniform in brand, etc. is this correct? I’ve got a ‘73 Stag with what appears to be a circa 1976 Beltek cassette deck with a working radio but a pretty badly damaged tape deck that won’t seat a tape at all, let alone play it. So in theory put in a few years after taking delivery, but possibly original, as the 1976 date is not 100% confirmed. I’ve been looking into repairing it though the cost seems prohibitive. I’m not opposed to putting something else of that era in it, preferably with a tape deck or 8-track player. Or possibly just leaving it as is...Any ideas or examples you’d recommend of correct to the era vintage equipment? I’ve seen some mention radiomobile. Any other period brands? Thanks!

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    Hi

    I put a Radiomobile 1085x in mine as it had an old Ford radio in it when I bought it, which looked silly. The one I got (as is common) has been internally modified to have a Bluetooth receiver for your phone to connect, thereby allowing playing music and Maps sat nav instructions. It also has a lead if you have an older iPod to connect directly.

    Here is the same model I have for sale on ebay (no connection to the seller). https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-U...cAAOSwIwtf8MfG


    Jeff

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      #3
      I mounted a similar model, a Philips 22RN513.
      Of the proper period : 1972.
      Pure analogue with de luxury of the Turnolock station preselection.
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        #4
        Leyland supplied radiomobile as factory/ dealer standard in the1970’s
        labels were ‘leyland made by radiomobile.’
        1085 was most common unit.
        longwave & medium wave only.
        Last edited by jbuckl; 8 January 2021, 23:01.
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          #5
          I've found that up to 30mph I like listening to the engine purr away and over 30 you can't hear anything. I haven't had the radio or cassette on for a long time.

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            #6
            I have a Radiomobile radio/cassette in very good working condition , was thinking of fitting a Dab Radio/CD to get better quality tunes

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              #7
              Originally posted by MandM View Post
              I have a Radiomobile radio/cassette in very good working condition , was thinking of fitting a Dab Radio/CD to get better quality tunes

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              Nooooo that looks fantastic

              A mate of mine has put a Bluetooth speaker behind the dash and he gets tunes from his phone,it sounds really good tbh
              any way your car your choice obviously but your radio looks great in there

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                #8

                I looked and looked but went with a modern but got the least blingy one I could find.. includes bluetooth and hands free for under 60 quid..
                Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

                www.terryhunt.co.uk

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                  #9
                  I wanted Bluetooth for phone connectivity and was looking at the retro styled Caliber RCD120BT, but decided I didn't want to drill a hole in the wing for an aerial, so went with the more modern Caliber RMD050DAB-BT which has a DAB aerial on the windscreen, but I wish I had spent a bit more on a retro unit now.
                  Den

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                    #10
                    I have heard good things about these, thinking of putting one in mine. https://www.classiccarstereo.co.uk/c...unt-dab-radio/
                    Auto transmission rebuilding since 1979 - for my sins!

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                      0E00DDB5-8AAC-49B7-ADCE-8ED572167993.jpeg Thanks all. These are fantastic ideas. Much appreciated. This is the one I’ve got in there, which I do really like the looks of—

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                        #12
                        The other important feature for a radio for any classic car is low power consumption when the unit is turned off. I have a modern unit that consumes about 15 mA when turned off. This drains the battery over winter, particularly if the car was not used regularly prior to laying it up. The solution is to disconnect the battery, but then it promptly forgets all the station settings and reverts to demo mode, psychedelic colours and all. Disconnecting the battery is not an uncommon event in any case for a classic car, as many jobs require it.

                        So what I am after is a classic looking unit, with DAB and low off current consumption and that remembers settings through power disconnection. Any ideas?

                        Or else I get a true classic radio, like those above. But no DAB then.

                        I did call the ClassicCarStereos mentioned above by Alacrity, but the sales guy had no idea about power or settings and said that all the engineers who would know were not in the office and not contactable because of Covid!

                        Mike

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                          #13
                          I fitted a caliber radio to my car when I first got it the current draw to the memory was just enough to kill the ailing battery.
                          removed it when I fitted the new battery and put a non volatile memory radio in, but have only used it once

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                            #14
                            Phil,

                            That's interesting that you found a non-volatile memory radio. Is that a modern unit with semi-conductor non-volatile memory or an old-style, mechanically non-volatile unit?

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                              #15
                              new style, they are used in most caravans where the battery is either turned off or removed for periods of time

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