REGAL Keep '78-'83 Style Radio, or Go 1.5 DIN?

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mikester

Royal Smart Person
Mar 10, 2010
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You could do something like I did in my wagon. Not quite factory but I think it fits well.

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81cutlass

Royal Smart Person
Feb 16, 2009
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Western MN
I am going from the shaft radio to a DIN1.5 Delco radio since my wagon was a factory radio delete car and was dealer aftermarket radio installed when new. Radio was junk so I scrapped it. I wanted factory look and I like the delco 1.5 DIN stuff.

Word of warning, the steel bracket the dash is molded to that the bezel snaps into and the din 1.5 radio bolts to is different. Of the roughly 6 snap clip points 2 or 3 aren't common between the two. Either need to cut new slots or cut the tabs off the bezel and risk the bezel wiggling around on the bottom. Also likely have to make custom radio to dash brackets from what I have seen.

Unless the stuff falls in your lap or you had a radio delete car and total junk to start with, id keep the shaft radio and swap to a modern replacement that looks factory.
 
79centurytc

79centurytc

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Feb 25, 2015
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If you want to keep the factory radio, check on hemmings.com. I've seen a couple of people who can upgrade the existing radios & the price seems reasonable.
 
joesregalproject

joesregalproject

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Nov 4, 2012
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Pittsburgh, PA
I much prefer the factory stereos but if sound is important to you, you can always install a newer stereo in the glovebox and have the best of both worlds.
 
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Wageslave

Wageslave

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Jan 25, 2017
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Having had both, I personally prefer the 1.5 din radio as it gives you more options. That being said, I would not butcher your dash or bezel just to upgrade.
 
84 W40

84 W40

Master Mechanic
Dec 9, 2009
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I had a Retro sound in my 69 442 for one day and sent it back, didn't like how the music sounded I am very meticulous when comes to music. That radio reminded me of the Sparkomatics back in the days. You will be happy with a 1.5 Din more options, better sound.
 
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DRIVEN

DRIVEN

Geezer
Apr 25, 2009
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Owyhee County
I wouldn't worry about the stereo as much as speakers anyway. I'd be tempted to leave stock radio and use my phone to feed an amp and speakers.
 
565bbchevy

565bbchevy

Geezer
Aug 8, 2011
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Michigan
My feeling is why go with a modern looking digital dash and then use a retro style radio, plus you can probably find matching woodgrain for both the dash and radio bezel going with 84'-87' for both
 
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DRIVEN

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Apr 25, 2009
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Owyhee County
I don't know what the overall build plan is for this wagon, but my impression from earlier posts leads me to believe that it's going to be more in the direction of sleeper than extreme resto-mod.
 
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