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Early radio blanking plate

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:14 pm
by bartigue
Would anyone have a picture of the blanking plate that fit over the radio "hole" on the early cars? I've never seen one. I have an early console (69) that has been uncut and it has two small slots next to the radio knob holes. I assume these are for the blanking plate retaining tabs. The only image I can find it is simply black.

Interesting (to me at least!) is the early microfilm, up through 1970, show the radio and center console as a single piece, superseded in 1970 by two pieces. I do not think it was ever made as a single unit, probably just sold pre-screwed together.

Re: Early radio blanking plate

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:14 pm
by bartigue
Found it - looks like the same mesh material they used in the speaker hole, with a chrome surround.

Anyone have one? :)

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Re: Early radio blanking plate

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:38 pm
by atruscott
Might do....

Re: Early radio blanking plate

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:26 am
by vandor
It's not mesh, it's striped just like the ashtrays. I have one somewhere, but will be a few days before I can get to it.

Re: Early radio blanking plate

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:51 pm
by MikeGreer
Csaba nailed it! It's just like the ash tray lid. Two tabs on each end where they fit into the upper console. I also may have one, but it would be in the garage attic and it's way too hot to look now. I know I have an old dash up there.

Re: Early radio blanking plate

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:49 am
by MikeGreer
I was right about one thing, it was really hot in the garage attic 😉. Unfortunately that's the only thing I found up there, other than the center console, but no radio console. I'll look again when it cools off.

Re: Early radio blanking plate

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:26 am
by bartigue
Mike don’t abuse yourself seeking it out. I was curious and found the answer in the old brochures

Re: Early radio blanking plate

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:23 pm
by MikeGreer
Brad, I never put a radio in my '73 spider, so I know the blanking plate is in the radio console. If I run across it I'll let you know.