Where are my speakers, and how do I plug in a radio?

Joined
Feb 22, 2017
Messages
166
Location
SW Washington
Hello! I bought a 1973 FJ40 (nearly all stock), and it's missing a radio. Naturally, I want a radio. I've been told RetroSound makes good radios... I'll check there, but let me know if you recommend anything else.

Here is my question. Where are my speakers? I know there's one in the glove box, but that's the only one I could find. Is there another anywhere? Also, what cables are used to plug in a radio? My radio slot is empty and I have many cables dangling behind it. How do I plug in a radio if I get one?

Thanks in advance!
 
Joined
Aug 28, 2015
Messages
1,790
Location
SC
A ton of different options. All are custom, as I dont think the stock radio will satisfy most. I have a retrosound 2 radio and two speakers attached to the roll bar in the back corners of the rear. Sounds good, isnt obtrusive and can be removed without leaving holes.
 

airon23

SILVER Star
 
 
Joined
Jan 5, 2004
Messages
1,156
Location
Reno NV
I've seen many different options. I myself also went with the bit more expensive Retrosound stereo. Has bluetooth and is customizable enough to fit in the small spot for the radio. As far as speakers and placement go the options are endless. I believe there is a FAQ link for this question which I'm sure has been asked since the inception of the FJ40. Maybe do a quick search or look in the FAQ too.
 
Joined
Nov 11, 2012
Messages
252
Location
NY
I spent a whole bunch of money on a top of the line stereo,amplifier,waterproof speakers,security boxes for the speakers,console for the stereo,waterproof wiring and connectors,spent hours mounting and installing everything..............all this and I can't even hear the music over the hum of the tires and the purr :D of the F as it roars down the road :meh:.I don't even bother turning it on anymore.
 
Joined
Feb 22, 2017
Messages
166
Location
SW Washington
I spent a whole bunch of money on a top of the line stereo,amplifier,waterproof speakers,security boxes for the speakers,console for the stereo,waterproof wiring and connectors,spent hours mounting and installing everything..............all this and I can't even hear the music over the hum of the tires and the purr :D of the F as it roars down the road :meh:.I don't even bother turning it on anymore.
Damn... that sucks. Would you consider selling some equipment?
 
Joined
Feb 22, 2017
Messages
166
Location
SW Washington
A ton of different options. All are custom, as I dont think the stock radio will satisfy most. I have a retrosound 2 radio and two speakers attached to the roll bar in the back corners of the rear. Sounds good, isnt obtrusive and can be removed without leaving holes.
Nice! Do you have any pics?
 
Joined
Dec 28, 2006
Messages
318
Location
PNW
I gave up on entertainment systems. With exposure to elements and thieves and a rather high ambient noise level, a system beyond a basic speaker is kinda pointless.
 

ginmtb

'74 FJ40 - my first!
SILVER Star
Joined
Jan 26, 2014
Messages
3,079
Location
Danville, CA
Check out my build thread starting on this page:

Won a '74 40 on a coin toss...

I went with a Tuffy console for the cheaper Pioneer stereo and then really inexpensive waterproof speakers ($17/pair). Got a nice alpine amp and Rockford fosgate subwoofer and am happy. That being said like others these things are loud don't expect music hall sound/acoustics. I actually wear musicians ear plugs when I drive mine for an extended period so I get to hear the stereo still but a lot of the ambient noise is gone.
 
Joined
Jul 7, 2016
Messages
997
Location
Missouri
I hooked up a speaker to a 2 channel amp then I sent the signal from my phone to a module for volume control then into the RCA inputs on the amp. No radio but I used my phone to listen to internet radio stations. It worked great. If I ever get my 40 going I am planning on the same setup.
 
Joined
Feb 22, 2017
Messages
166
Location
SW Washington
I've seen many different options. I myself also went with the bit more expensive Retrosound stereo. Has bluetooth and is customizable enough to fit in the small spot for the radio. As far as speakers and placement go the options are endless. I believe there is a FAQ link for this question which I'm sure has been asked since the inception of the FJ40. Maybe do a quick search or look in the FAQ too.
Thanks. Which RetroSound model did you get?
 

FJ404345

GOLD Star
Joined
Dec 3, 2012
Messages
1,234
Location
South Caribbean (Dutch Antilles)
I spent a whole bunch of money on a top of the line stereo,amplifier,waterproof speakers,security boxes for the speakers,console for the stereo,waterproof wiring and connectors,spent hours mounting and installing everything..............all this and I can't even hear the music over the hum of the tires and the purr :D of the F as it roars down the road :meh:.I don't even bother turning it on anymore.

But keep singing ! After 10 years of ownership your voice and volume suddenly seems to gets better


:cheers:
 

imyahucklbrry

"En cervisia veritas"
SILVER Star
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
1,171
Location
GA - As close to the lake as I can afford...
I hooked up a speaker to a 2 channel amp then I sent the signal from my phone to a module for volume control then into the RCA inputs on the amp. No radio but I used my phone to listen to internet radio stations. It worked great. If I ever get my 40 going I am planning on the same setup.
I'm working toward the same setup... what module?
 
Joined
Jul 7, 2016
Messages
997
Location
Missouri
I'm working toward the same setup... what module?
I bought 2 setups. Here is what I used. Worked with my iPhone 4 and iPod. I removed the switch from the black plastic housing. Used original 36 Ford knob on shaft after I mounted it behind dash. The harness has a separate wire for power so the phone is charging while driving. I have not checked out about using the mini USB plug yet. I assume it will be very similar.
IMG_20170528_122633467_HDR.jpg


IMG_20170528_122654896.jpg
 
Joined
Jun 7, 2011
Messages
398
Location
East TN
Finding a good location for speakers was not so easy, especially if you don't want to start drilling holes.
Sound system installation has been covered pretty extensively in previous threads with lots of good & creative options.

Here is one option that I would have used at the time had I known about it.

ION Audio makes a self contained sound system called the ION Bluetooth tailgater IPA-77.
We have 3 of these now and my wife uses one every day in and out of the house and streams music to it from her phone.

It is an AM-FM-Bluetooth receiver, amp, power supply and speakers all in a rugged portable box.
The sound quality is terrific.
It can run 50 hours unplugged off of the internal lead acid battery.
12.5" wide by 9.4" deep by 12.8" tall.
Comes with a PA mode with microphone that can be used to harass pedestrians and a USB port for charging other devices.

Easiest install would be to wire in an inverter that turns off with the ignition and plug the ION into it.

$120 from Walmart plus the cost of an inverter.

Ion bluetoothg tailgater.jpg
 
Last edited:

ginmtb

'74 FJ40 - my first!
SILVER Star
Joined
Jan 26, 2014
Messages
3,079
Location
Danville, CA
Finding a good location for speakers was not so easy, especially if you don't want to start drilling holes.
Sound system installation has been covered pretty extensively in previous threads with lots of good & creative options.

Here is one option that I would have used at the time had I known about it.

ION Audio makes a self contained sound system called the ION Bluetooth tailgater IPA-77.
We have 3 of these now and my wife uses one every day in and out of the house and streams music to it from her phone.

It is an AM-FM-Bluetooth receiver, amp, power supply and speakers all in a rugged portable box.
The sound quality is terrific.
It can run 50 hours unplugged off of the internal lead acid battery.
12.5" wide by 9.4" deep by 12.8" tall.
Comes with a PA mode with microphone that can be used to harass pedestrians and a USB port for charging other devices.

Easiest install would be to wire in an inverter that turns off with the ignition and plug the ION into it.

$120 from Walmart plus the cost of an inverter.

View attachment 1468365
Since our beloved 40's are pretty easy to get into, I would be concerned that would walk... Not to mention I prefer music to be in front of me like when at a concert. Sorry that is my audiophile snob from 25 years ago raring its ugly head... :cool:
 
Top Bottom