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      We started our first "virtual clinic" in mid-December with "All Things Radio-related." Fred "Truckernix" Nixon had offered waaay before that to help out however he could with something on the site ... and this was just perfect -- for him and all of us! So, here's one of our first tech tips to come from the Clinic. A big thanks to Mrs. Fred (Diane, a “captive volunteer”) for re-typing this table!! Stay tuned for more !!


 

Lots and lots of information

      This information was reproduced from an article in the VCCA Generator and Distributor Magazine. The information for the original article is from Mr. Ray Holland's "Chevrolet Radio Hours" appearing in the G & D Magazines, January 1985 to June 1989.  Mr. Holland, a VCCA member, is VCCA technical adviser for the original Chevrolet radios of 1932 to 1964. We wish to thank Ray for his permission to present the information on The Stovebolt Page. Ray also is available to answer questions that you might have on these radios. He can be contacted as "chevradioman" on the VCCA Chevy Chat Site.

      Radio Reference Guide

Year Model Number No. of Tubes Description  (see notes)

1932

364441

7

Dash speaker

1933-34

600153

5

Single Unit

1933 -34

600249

6

Dash Speaker

1934

600565

6

Dash Speaker

1934

600566

5

Single Unit

1934

601038

6

Dash Speaker

1934- 35

601176

6

Dash Speaker

1934 -35

601177

4

Single Unit

1935

601525

6

Dash Speaker

1935

601586

4

Single Unit

1935

601552

4

Header Speaker

1935

601814

6

Dash Speaker

1936

985100

6

Dome Speaker

1936

985200

6

Dome Speaker

1936

985300

6

Dash Speaker

1936

985301

6

Dash Speaker

1936

985400

6

Dash Speaker

1937

985253

6

Header Speaker

1937

985254

6

Header Speaker

1937

985255

7

Dash Speaker

1937 -38

985252

6

Single Unit Car or Truck with control head change

1937 -38

985286

6

Single unit car or truck with control head change

1938

985283

7

Dash Speaker 8 Push Button Radio

1938

985284

7

Dash Speaker

1938

985285

6

Header Speaker

1939

985283

7

Dash Speaker 8 Push Button Radio

1939

985424

7

Dash Speaker (Dual Speakers) 6 Push Buttons

1939

985425

5

Single Unit 5 Horizontal Push Buttons

1939

985426

5

Single Unit Radio 5 Vertical Push Buttons

1940

985536

8

Single Unit Super Deluxe

1940

985537

6

Single Unit Deluxe

1940

985538

5

Single Unit Universal Car or Truck

1941

985694

8

Single Unit Super Deluxe

1941

985695

6

Single Unit Deluxe

1941

985696

5

Single Unit Universal Car or Truck

1941

985697

9

Single Unit 5 – Band Radio

1942 -48

985792

5

Single Unit Thumb Wheel Tuning Car or Truck

1942

985793

6

Single Unit Deluxe

1942

985794

9

Single Unit 5-Band Radio

1946-47-48

986146

5

Single Unit Thumb Tuning Car or Truck Universal

1946-47-48

985793

6

Single Unit

1946-47-48

985986

7

Single Unit with Steering Column Control Unit

1947-50

986067

6

Single Unit Truck Radio with Slant Back

1949

986240

6

Two pcs. 5 p/b

1949

986241

6

Two pcs. Manual Tuned

1950-52

986443

6

Single Unit Truck Radio with Straight Back

1950

986388

6

Two pcs. 5 p/b

1950

986389

6

Two pcs. Manual Tuned

1951-52

986516

6

Single Unit Manual Tuned

1951-52

986515

6

Single Unit 5 p/b

1953-54

986669

6

Two pcs. Manual Tuned

1953-54

986668

6

Two pcs. 5 p/b

1954

996771

6

Single Unit Truck Radio

1955-59

987187

6

Single Unit Truck Radio

1955

987087

7

Two pcs. 5 p/b

1955

987088

6

Two pcs. Manual Tuned

1955

987086

8

Two pcs. Signal Seeker (Wonder Bar)

1955

3711897

9

Two pcs. Corvette Radio

1956

987365

6

Two pcs. Manual Tuned

1956

987364

8

Two pcs. Signal Seeker (Wonder Bar)

1956

987368

7

Two pcs. 5 p/b

1956-57

3725156

6

Two pcs. Corvette Radio

1957

987573

6

Single Unit (Box + spk) Manual Tuned

1957

987575

5+

Two pcs. 5p/b Hybrid 5 Tubes +One Output Transistor

1957

987577

8

Two pcs. Signal Seeker (Wonder Bar)

1957

987693

7

Two pcs. 5 p/b

1957

987727

5+

Two pcs. 5 p/b Hybrid

1958

987730

5+

Two pcs. Wonder Bar

1958

3748611

5+

Two pcs. Corvette Radio

1958

987724

4+

Single Unit Manual Tuned

1959

987888

4+

Single Unit Manual Tuned

1959

987891

4+

Single Unit 5 p/b Hybrid

1959

987893

5+

Single Unit Hybrid (Wonder Bar)

1960

987893

5+

Single Unit Hybrid (Wonder Bar)

1960

988276

4+

Single Unit 5 p/b Hybrid

1960

988062

4+

Single Unit Hybrid Corvair Radio

Dash Speaker - (Drum) Mounts on firewall
Header Speaker - Mounts above windshield on head liner
Dome Speaker - Mounts above windshield under head liner
p/b = Number of push buttons i.e. 5p/b = 5 Push Buttons
Hybrid - Radio uses tubes and transistors i.e. (5 + = 5 tubes and one output transistor)
Signal Seeker and Wonder Bar are interchangeable.  The term Wonder Bar was not used by Chevrolet until 1958; before that the term Signal Seeker was used.

Fred Nixon
"Truckernix"
Bolter # 2166
Bolton, Ontario
Canada

v. January 2006


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