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Found a tractor radio

Postby radioguy41 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:45 pm

I picked up this little beauty a while back. It's unusual in that it's AM & FM. Most of the older tractor radios are AM only. I've got it all apart to go over the chassis right now. Looks like some water got inside the cabinet at one time but while there's some surface rust on the bottom of the chassis the PCB board inside is clean so I'm hoping it'll just need some caps. Unfortunately the bottom part of the mount was missing. The radio is by the Automatic Radio Co. Best guess is it dates to the 1960's or possibly the early 1970's.

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Re: Found a tractor radio

Postby tst » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:30 am

looks pretty, I have one with a custom mount that bolts on the back where the rockshaft would go, whom ever made it did such a nice job it looks factory

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Re: Found a tractor radio

Postby Jim Becker » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:55 am

The knobs look like they came out of a '62 Rambler.

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Re: Found a tractor radio

Postby radioguy41 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:40 pm

Yeah, they do. :) Back in the 1960's a Chevy dealership I worked at ordered all new cars minus a radio unless the customer wanted the deluxe multi speaker system. Whoever bought the car was then given the option of the more expensive factory radio or the less expensive after-market Automatic radio. We installed a lot of those.

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Re: Found a tractor radio

Postby Stanton » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:53 am

radioguy41 wrote:I picked up this little beauty a while back. It's unusual in that it's AM & FM. Most of the older tractor radios are AM only. I've got it all apart to go over the chassis right now. Looks like some water got inside the cabinet at one time but while there's some surface rust on the bottom of the chassis the PCB board inside is clean so I'm hoping it'll just need some caps. Unfortunately the bottom part of the mount was missing. The radio is by the Automatic Radio Co. Best guess is it dates to the 1960's or possibly the early 1970's.


Larry, are you going to just repair it to working condition, or restore it by repainting it?

Seems to be in really good shape and the "cool" factor is also evident.
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Cub-22 Sickle Mower
Planet Jr/Cole 300A Seeder
IH 59P Shredder
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Location: Lehighton, PA

Re: Found a tractor radio

Postby radioguy41 » Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:36 am

Just repair the radio. The cabinet is in really nice condition. It's not painted, it's solid red plastic and a little polishing will sharpen it right up.
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