Where does the radio bolt in the dashboard?

78elk

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Mar 6, 2014
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Where does the radio bolt into the dashboard? I know it has to come out of the backside of the dashboard. Does the front faceplate need to come off to get it out? Thank you for your time and help.
 

melloelky

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it comes out via the front.the face plate is held in by 4 screws.there should be 2 facing the rear of the car and 2 more pointing towards the windshield.depending on which style of radio you have be it one with 2 knobs or one without.remove the face plate and go from there.
 

78elk

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Thank you. I have the four screws out and the knobs off. It seems to be hung up in the dashboard from when I added a full cap on it. I'll have to do some trimming on the cap edges and see if that works.
 

melloelky

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normally those 2 knob'd radios have a bracket that the attaches to the dash.if you remove the hardware on the shafts that hold the bracket to it you should be able to remove the radio.
 

78elk

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Thank you. I need to be able to get the faceplate off first, that's my big struggle at the moment. It's a radio we got for our son, when he had this El Camino. It has a cassette deck in it. The new one will use iPods, CD player, and satellite if we want. I appreciate your time and help.
 

78elk

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I just looked at the back of the radio and it has mounting strap on the back. I checked the new radio it has mounting strap for it too. The directions tell me to pull the old one out the back and put the new one in from the back of dash. Warranty is voided if the new one isn't fastened down with the strap. Just wanted to share with you what I learned. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.
 

78elk

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I got the radio free from it's dash mount, but it's stuck between the dash and the floor heater vent. What is the best way to get it out?
 

melloelky

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I'm confused,every stereo I've ever removed & or installed has been through the front.
 

78elk

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On mine, in the front, when the face plate is removed, there's a metal plate which is part of the dashboard. There's a rectangle hole in there with holes where the radio controls have a nut for each side that secures it. Then there is a strap that bolts to the back to support it. This dash came out of a 79 Malibu.
 
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Killerdave8813

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All the G-bodies I ever messed with that steel radio mount plate unscrews and you pull the radio out the front, matter of fact I have a modern style removable face plate style AM/FM/CD that has a steel cage sort of thing it slides into in my 78 and the best way I could figure to install it required cutting and welding to mount it into the factory radio mounting plate, first time I ever did that to install a car stereo!!! It's in the secure and slides right out with the magic keys that come with it!! Good Luck, KillerDave
 

78elk

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I don't know, I couldn't figure out a way to get it out the front. But I got it out the back. The new one is smaller and will go in easy.
 

78elk

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I put the new radio in, but didn't wire it. I'm going to have to hire someone to do that for me. The antenna will need to be wired different than the 1 I took out.