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Old 10-19-2020, 03:06 PM   #1
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Is this part of the radio, which I do have but its not mounted in the car (too big) Trying to clean up some wires, this is hooked to a hot wire, not pretty.
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Old 10-19-2020, 03:22 PM   #2
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Is this part of the radio, which I do have but its not mounted in the car (too big) Trying to clean up some wires, this is hooked to a hot wire, not pretty.
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Old 10-19-2020, 03:23 PM   #3
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Looks like maybe an archaic resistor. Can you measure voltage between the input and the output wires? Let it heat-up with power on it for a few moments. DD
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What ever it is, it arched before. Look at the burnt part of the red wire. You need to look into this soon.
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Old 10-19-2020, 03:51 PM   #5
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I had to take the glove box out to follow the wire, it goes up into the right windshield post into the head liner. Can't imagine for what. Car has vacuum wipers, can't be for that. It does have a dome light that does not work, I doubt it is for that. I also found three other wires that go the same direction that appear to be for a speaker. Does anyone know where the speaker was mounted in these cars, I don't think it was in the radio.
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Radio antenna lead with coil....
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Speaker was mounted in the header above the windshield. If it did not have a hot wire connected, it could be some sort of a antenna booster.
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Okay speaker wire location solved. You bring up a good point on the radio antenna, where would that be mounted? Did they have mast type back then? I don't see where there might have been holes for one on the car.

The hot resister type thing is still a mystery, I disconnected it for now.
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Okay speaker wire location solved. You bring up a good point on the radio antenna, where would that be mounted? Did they have mast type back then? I don't see where there might have been holes for one on the car.

The hot resister type thing is still a mystery, I disconnected it for now.
Antenna is the chicken wire in the roof....All closed cars were pre-wired from the factory. The lead located in the left cowl goes to the roof antenna with an attachment to the wire mesh in the top assembly.
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Okay thanks, that answers that, now to solve the mystery part. Could it be something to do with the antenna? Some kind of 6 volt booster? Later I will open it up and see if it has any markings, there is no way I'm keeping this connected.
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it is an antenna signal "booster"
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:38 PM   #12
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Solved - thank you its being removed, I will save it though.
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It may have been attached as a way to match impedance on the antenna wire. Most of the antenna wire replacements I've seen for these don't include and impedance coil but you never know what they might have been trying to do with that. The EFV8 club has had a long running series about radio equipment used in the early fords this year and maybe part of last year. I'd have to go back and look at all that stuff to see if it mentions anything about a coil like that.

Do you know which radio make & model you have? There is info out there for the old Ford tube type radio sets.

As far as I'm aware, there is no way to "boost" a signal by applying DC power to the antenna. It just needs a mast or in this case a wire mesh to receive the signals. Impedance is important but putting any power back through the antenna lead might fry the input circuitry.

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Old 10-19-2020, 06:02 PM   #14
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It had a Motorola 60 standard broadcast radio
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rotowrench do you know what a load coil is?
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An antenna loading coil is an inductor placed in series with an antenna element in order to lower the antenna’s resonant frequency.


I've never seen an external one used for medium wave band AM radio though -530 kHz to 1700 kHz ....
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:19 PM   #17
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That does not show it hooked to 6 volts though
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That does not show it hooked to 6 volts though

Maybe that's the reason your radio is not installed....
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:25 PM   #19
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No, it was taken out because its too freaken big, I still have it.
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You removed the radio because it was in your way? Did the radio work before you removed it?

If it is the antenna lead, I don't know why power was applied to it. Maybe, in its past, an amateur played with the radio.....
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