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Old 04-14-2010, 08:09 PM
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Hey Pat,
In Christine, the wire looks to be a double #18 gauge wire, it is black in color. Since it is not seen I would go to Radio Shack and get a good gauge speaker wire. It will not take anything very heavy.
Also remember the old radio has tubes in it! Once you put power to it it takes sometime for it to come on!
My step grandson went for a ride with me in Christine. He asked does the radio work, I said yes! I turned it on and he said its not working. I said it has tubes in it and has to warm up before it comes on. He had this deer in the headlight look! He then asked does it only play old music? I about peed my pants I laughed so hard!!!
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:24 PM
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Look at the speaker wire. It just goes from the speaker to the back of the radio. Nothing fancy.

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Old 04-14-2010, 08:39 PM
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Hey Dave,
Once again you came through with some pictures! Looks like a Thunderbird dash to me. We are going to have to talk you into getting one of these old Birds
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:12 PM
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super cool diagram, thanks! does that speaker wire run from the radio to the speaker or from the audio chassis to the speaker? i thought the shop manul said from the audio chassis? shop manual is the only place i found info on the radio, my wiring manual and assembly manual don't seem to have any. i'm thinking that at one point there must have been some speakers modded for the back panel and that someone took them out and made the panel stock again. oh a question i forgot, when you pull the metal trap door off from under the radio are you supposed to be able to drop the radio totally out. when i took that panel off i have only about a three inch by three inch square cut out, (and not very neatly) not nearly enough to get the radio out! along with that covered glove box light switch, methinks this again points to a dash replacement somewhere in my cars past.
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Default getting to the headlight switch

Hey Patrick! Here is the info on the radio. Maybe this will help.. The speaker lead goes to the audio chassis assembly instead of hooking up directly on the radio. Then it comes back to the back of the radio in that 4 pronged connector. This four page break out of the radio should help you.
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