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My 74 GTV came with a modern Stereo system that a) looks wrong, b) is gonna cause issues sooner or later and c) takes 1/2 the trunk space with amps, wires, mongo speakers and sadly, holes in the rear deck panel and the door panels. I'm not going to try and fix the door panels - what's done is done and they are not offensive - possibly the rear deck if I find a clean used one, but fine... I would dearly like to yank all the stereo stuff however, to me it's a potential electrical drain/fire some day and this is not the type of car I want to listen to music into... I'd like to restore some semblance or propriety to the dash though...

Can you tell me what radio model/brand a GTV would have shipped to the USA with in 1973-74 ? Or was it a dealer install "whatever goes this week" type of deal? Failing the above, what did they use in Europe in the same time frame? I see some nice Beckers or Blaupunkt that look period correct but I might as well get "the" correct one if possible. Only care about FM on this, not even mp3....

PS: Where do you buy your Alfa parts in the US ? (new belts, door handle rubber seal, and rear deck upholstery for instance? - I just paid for the Forum use, so I feel like I can ask openly now ;-) Any preferred vendors, one stop shop ? Thanks guys !
 

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I have a sony head unit installed in the veneered part on mine too that doesn't work.

I'm thinking of stripping it out and just fitting a new veneer, my car is quite loud so to beat it with music would be VERY loud.
 

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Is the veneer buyable new as a replacement ? That's an alternative. But I'd like FM for occasional traffic stuff..
 

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It would be an audiovox or blauplunkt I don't know if I spelled that right. I have a few kicking around including an ALFA 1810 Radio. You know push buttons and all. I can look if you wish. I used these guys for my Spider and they seem to carry everything I needed and good stuff, 1 stop shop. Very happy!! Looked up the GTV and they also seem to have all your asking. GT Bertone in their site.

As far a sound systems are concerned, they must be pretty LOUD to over take the noise of a 4. My Race Car has a 750 Watt Stereo System and it's GREAT. Had to put a GTV-6 Alternator to supply the power. Fried my regulator on the fender. My Spider has a homemade speaker cabinet behind the seats with a built in 300 watt amp, built in myself. Don't like cutting holes in cars for audio systems.

http://www.alfa-service.com/index.php/cat/c1848_1750-2nd-Series-2000.html
 

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Can you tell me what radio model/brand a GTV would have shipped to the USA with in 1973-74 ? Or was it a dealer install "whatever goes this week" type of deal?
I believe it was "whatever goes this week". More likely, one dealer had a deal with Blaupunkt, another with Audiovox, etc.

what did they use in Europe in the same time frame? I see some nice Beckers or Blaupunkt that look period correct but I might as well get "the" correct one if possible.
I bought a vintage Becker Europa II on ebay a few years ago for my 1970 BMW. I really like the look of it and it has a decent FM tuner.

Where do you buy your Alfa parts in the US ? (new belts, door handle rubber seal, and rear deck upholstery for instance?
I give Centerline most of my business. For parts that they don't stock, I use Alfaholics or Classic Alfa in the UK. You won't find rear deck upholstery from an Alfa parts supplier - you will need to have an upholstery shop cut a new deck board and cover it with vinyl. Or do it yourself - it's not a hard job.
 

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I'm about to put a 70s era Becker in my 74 GTV. I've had it for years...pulled from junk MBs many years ago. Turns out they are worth a good amount these days. I have the choice between a Europa and a Grand Prix w/ the signal search function. Probably going with the Europa. I even have a external cassette deck that would plug into either but going for the aux input cord instead of the cassette deck.
 

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I believe it was "whatever goes this week". More likely, one dealer had a deal with Blaupunkt, another with Audiovox, etc.


When I bought my GTV from the dealer, I did inquire about a radio. The salesman said that they would install what they had (Jensen) and that the brands did change. I wanted a Blaupunkt and decided against the dealer installing a radio. It seemed that the antenna location placement on the GTV's would also vary at times, as well.
 

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Thank you all ! AlfaJay, is that an E9 ?
Yup. Guess I should add that to the list of cars on my signature.

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I'm about to put a 70s era Becker in my 74 GTV. I've had it for years...pulled from junk MBs many years ago. Turns out they are worth a good amount these days. I have the choice between a Europa and a Grand Prix w/ the signal search function. Probably going with the Europa. I even have a external cassette deck that would plug into either but going for the aux input cord instead of the cassette deck.
I don't see a lot of benefit in having cassette capability in the 21st Century!

Apparently it is fairly simple to add an iphone input to a Becker Europa II, though I must admit I haven't done so. But the analog tuning is kind of fun - takes you back in time.
 

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Apparently it is fairly simple to add an iphone input to a Becker Europa II, though I must admit I haven't done so. But the analog tuning is kind of fun - takes you back in time.
Aux input info here - this is the place to get a Becker serviced in the USA. I then use a bluetooth combo phone/aux input unit - all wired up neat and discrete.
 

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Stereo

You've made me change my mind about this.

I think a radio at the least would be a nice addition, so I've just bought this.

vintage car radio, 1970s pianola AM/FM radio, with ipod lead classic | eBay

The chap has quite a few others as he is a radio enthusiast.

Sean
First of all, my subjective opinion is that as wonderful a sound as my GTV makes, if I use my car for a roadtrip, or even if I decide to go carve some canyon one morning, I like having some music, even for background noise. That said, when I restored the dash to my car, it was so beautiful that I couldnt stomach cutting it up for any head unit, even a "period correct" one. My solution, (along with a friend of mine with a GT also) was to make a custom glove box out of fiberglass, with a panel to accept the head-unit so it would all be hidden behind the glove box door. I know, I know, but trust me on this, it was actually pretty simple. Fiberglass is really forgiving to work with and I found a damaged glove box to use as my base, (so I wouldnt ruin my original). However, its a fairly simple design and making a cardboard template to lay fiberglass over would not be hard. I added a panel large enough to accept the stereo, and kept a small space to the right so I could put small things in the glovebox as necessary, as well as still have access to the right side dash fixing bolt. I even found a company that sells custom "flocking" kits, and I applied this to the entire inside of the glovebox. The final finish looks exactly like the original. To my eye, it looks like the factory could have done it! I have a modern stereo head unit, with ipod/iphone input jack, and a remote for adjusting sound. I bought an ipod cord extender off of Amazon for a few bucks, and routed it through behind the dash and through the center console to come out inside of my ashtray. When I open the ashtray, the jack is there coiled up and I can just attach my ipod. When not being used, that also is completely hidden. I know they now have remote mount units, primarily for streaming music off of portable devices. However, I suppose I am sorta old school in the current state of things, and I wanted to be able to play CD's as well.

-just my $.02!
 

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Sadly somebody cut into my dash in 1971! I still have the original Radiomobile radio in there and the original instructions. It works but cannot pick up any radio stations so I guess I will have to get the guts replaced by one of these vintage radio specialists. i want to keep it looking original though.
 

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Sadly somebody cut into my dash in 1971! I still have the original Radiomobile radio in there and the original instructions. It works but cannot pick up any radio stations so I guess I will have to get the guts replaced by one of these vintage radio specialists. i want to keep it looking original though.
I could ask the guy I got mine of if he'd be willing to look at it, I have his email.

I'm in a similar position, my dash has already been chopped so the deed is done, might as well replace the modern sony hu with something that looks like it should be there.

Heres another vintage radio shop I've come across

http://www.chromelondon.com
 

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Unless the dash has been cut beyond the area where the veneer panel is, you can repair the hole behind the veneer pretty easily. It's just sheet metal, and is covered up by a layer of vinyl behind the veneer. You can also just replace the veneers with a new uncut one right over the hole, with or without any reinforcement behind it. The wood veneers are usually a very thin wood over a thin Masonite like material, and for the space of the average stereo hole, should be plenty rigid.
-I'm just sayin' that a cut dash is not a disaster at all!
 

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Unless the dash has been cut beyond the area where the veneer panel is, you can repair the hole behind the veneer pretty easily. It's just sheet metal, and is covered up by a layer of vinyl behind the veneer. You can also just replace the veneers with a new uncut one right over the hole, with or without any reinforcement behind it. The wood veneers are usually a very thin wood over a thin Masonite like material, and for the space of the average stereo hole, should be plenty rigid.
-I'm just sayin' that a cut dash is not a disaster at all!
I'd prefer to have a radio where I can reach it, the one I've bought is a nice looking thing too, so I think it will go well.
 

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Sure, I get that for sure. Sometimes when I see one with a really nice Becker or something mounted in the dash, I wonder if I'd rather have that. However, like I prev mentioned I just couldn't bring myself to cut the restored dash. And honestly, I was excited to try the custom glovebox project I did!
Also, as time goes by I use CD's less and less, I will eventually just replace what I have with a remote media player in the trunk to just play my iPod off of. You can even attach an external storage device with an entire music library stored that takes up less space than a head unit!
Good luck!
 
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