Retro Sound Model Two AM/FM Radio with a Chrome Bezel and Knobs for 1965-1966 Mustangs.
Give your classic Mustang all the benefits of cutting-edge radio technology without compromising the original in-dash look of your Mustang's radio with a new Model Two AM/FM radio from Retro Sound! The Model Two radio is the only made-for-iPod® radio available for your classic Mustang with full control and charging for your iPod®/iPhone®.
Retro Sound's Model Two AM/FM Radios are a breakthrough in classic car radios, offering advanced features like built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming along with rear USB and auxiliary inputs for playing MP3/WMA files. Flexible mounting options are available using Retro Sound's "InfiniMount" shaft/bracket system (patent pending), letting you install your Model Two with any Retro Sound vehicle specific bezel, plate and knob kit.
- Available with your choice of black or chrome faceplate & buttons
- Available with your choice of black or chrome bezel & knobs
- Full control and charging for your iPod®/iPhone®*
- Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- AM/FM tuner w/ 30 presets and RDS
- Built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
- Selectable USA/EU/Japan/AUS/RUS tuner frequencies
- Plays MP3/WMA files via rear USB inputs
- Selectable 32,000 color LCD illumination display with user presets
- Compatible with optional vehicle specific faceplate and metal knobs to match your classic car
- Authentic push-button styling
- 3 EQ presets plus user-controlled bass, treble, fader, mid-range and balance adjustment
- Loudness control
- Inputs: 2 rear mounted USB inputs and 2 rear mounted auxiliary inputs
- Outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
- Separate power antenna and amp turn-on leads
Other Features and Specs:
- InfiniMount shaft/bracket system for maximum installation flexibility
- Manufacturer's warranty: 2 years
*Full control and charging compatibility available for iPhone® 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S models. See attached install instructions for compatible iPod® models. Correct function of other versions of iPod® and iPhone® cannot be guaranteed.
*iPod® and iPhone® are NOT included!
A couple months ago we installed a Retro Sound Zuma Radio on a ’67 Mustang Convertible. The Zuma’s vintage look with modern features makes it a great choice for your classic Mustang. Retro Sound’s now taking that one step further with their new Model Two radio, the first classic car stereo specifically designed to work with your iPod or your iPhone. This radio has all the features that you’d expect in a modern stereo, yet it’s specifically designed to fit your classic Mustang.
Model Two Radio features a vintage push button design that’s available with either a black or chrome surround. It has 4 channel hundred watt amplifier as well as an AM/FM tuner with 30 presets built-in. Their patent is “InfiniMount,” system mounts and fit at pretty much any class of Mustang you would like, includes a microphone for your Bluetooth use, two auxiliary inputs, two USB inputs and pre-outs for both your front and rear and subwoofer amplifiers.
Retro Sound includes all the hardware necessary to install their “InfiniMount” system. Both the speaker and the power plug also disconnect making for an easy installation. You’ll need to order the Knob and Bezel kit to fit your specific year Mustang. In our case, we have the bezels and knobs for a ’64 through ’66, which we’ll be installing on our Weekend Wrench project car.
For this installation you’ll need a short Phillips-Head screwdriver, a pick, a small flathead screwdriver, 3/8 ratchet, ½ inch socket, ½ inch open end wrench, a ¼ inch ratchet, 5/16 socket, multi meter or test light, wire crimpers, wire strippers and electrical tape.
Our first step is to remove the existing radio. Even if we have to question of use for dice for controls, thankfully he didn’t cut the dashboard to make our installation much easier. Once you disconnect the battery, you can start by removing the radio. Most shaft radios remove the same way; you pull off the knobs first. We’ll pull off the bezels behind them, and there will be two retaining nuts holding it in place. Once you remove the retaining nuts, the radio is going to fall from behind. Once you have the radio down you want to disconnect your battery before you mess with any of the wiring. Once that’s done, you’ll start to take to look at all of these harnesses here and try to figure out on how to wire this radio in. There are a couple of wires twisted together… always a good thing. Wire out, disconnect our antenna we can remove our old radio.
The previous owner had done what we can only call “create wiring” here so we can cut everything out we’re going start over again. Our radio is going to require a 12-volt constant source, a 12-volt switch source and a ground. The constant we can get directly from the battery and the ground is easy. The switch, we’re going to go right to the source and tap into our ignition switch.
The first step is to turn your key to the accessory position. You want to grab a small pick. The tiny little hole right below the key, you’re going to press that in and then you’re going to turn it counterclockwise pass the accessory then you can pull it straight out.
Once you remove the key and the lock cylinder, you want to make sure that you’re careful not to turn it at all. You want to leave it exactly the same way it was and it’ll make it much easier to put it back in the car.
Now we have to separate the ignition switch on the ignition bezel itself. To do that, we have to go underneath the dashboard. You want to reach up behind and grab the back of the ignition switch. The ignition switch is held into the bezel by a spring; you want to push in and turn counterclockwise to release it. It will release and the bezel has popped out and you can fish the ignition switch underneath the dash.
The stud on the back of the ignition switch is switch power and we’ll run our wire over to that for our stereo. We can install our spacer on to our switch and we’re going to fish the switch back up in to the dash. This is probably one of the most difficult parts of the installation. It’s going to be hard to see as we do it so we’re going to show you the pieces outside of the car. Basically, once you have this spacer installed, the bezel’s going to go to the dashboard itself and the switch is going to come in from the back, you’re going to put it in and turn and lock it in place. Then you want to line the bezel up with a two tabs in the dash. Once that lock is in place, you push your new switch in and turn. We’re going to reinstall the key the same angle we took it out but line it up just pass the accessory. Pop it into place and then we turn. Now we have our switch power and our constant power, we just need a ground. This harness back here in the back of the dash has a couple of pigtails coming off of it. We used our meter and found out this one is a good ground, so we’re going to use that.
The Retro Sound radio comes with a separate power harness and a separate speaker harness. Now we have our power wires and our ground wire run, we’re going to install this harness next. We’re going to connect this end of the wire, then we’ll go back underneath the dashboard and make our connections underneath there. We’ll connect our 12-volt accessory switch, the wire we ran from our ignition switch, connect our 12-volt constant lead, the wire coming from our battery, and connect our ground terminal here and that ground wire we just ran.
Two additional blue wires we didn’t connect are for an amp turn on and for a power antenna. Both of these will have power once the radio is on. Retro Sound puts caps on both of them so that’s not an issue. Before we go any further, it’s a good time to check to make sure everything is working properly. We’re going to reconnect our battery and plug in our stereo. Turn our key to accessory on, we should get the clock which is good with the switch to turn our radio on and everything’s turning on like it’s supposed too. Now we can continue with our installation.
Since upgrading our stereo, the factory amp speaker in the dash is not going to cut anymore, so we want to swap that out with a good new stereo speaker. We can start by removing the two screwing the dash pad. We’ll grab a pick and we’ll just pull up on our grill. We’re going to remove the screws holding in our speaker.
We’re going to be installing the stereo upgrade speaker in the dash to work with our new stereo. Like the original speaker, it’s two drivers so it’s a true left and right Retro Stereo. It comes with a speaker wire already soldered on to the speakers. We’re going to connect that to our harness and install the whole thing as one assembly. Now we’re going to install our new speaker. Make sure you have the side correct. We have this one as our right side speaker so we want to make sure it goes in, it’s facing towards the right. Now we’ll reinstall our fabric speaker grill.
Now we’re ready to assemble our radio and put it in to our dashboard. The beauty of Retro Sound’s InfiniMount system as one chasey is it will fit pretty much an InfiniMount of vehicles. The only drawback it takes a little bit of time to assemble it to fit your specific vehicle. They offer these spacer kits that we’re going to be using for our ‘65 coupe. We’ll use a little bit of hardware to make it fit your dash properly. We’re going to use the ’64 through‘66 repair panel to get the spacing correct in our radio before we install it. This is not necessary, you can simply put it in out of the car a couple of times, but this will be much easier for us to show you what we’re doing. If you need one of these for your car, we suggest fitting the radio to it before you install it in your dash. If you’re not looking to put the radio inside of the car a couple of times to get it right, you can have one of this for less than $20.
I’m going to start by installing the side brackets. They are labeled so make sure you have the correct side. You don’t want to make these screws too tight. As you can see, you have forward and back as well as up and down adjustments. We’re just going to get them in there to get them in place and then we’ll adjust them as necessary. This will be the most time consuming part of your installation.
You’ll have to get the stalks to fit properly with your bracket but also to fit properly in the dashboard. I’m going to start by installing one nut and one washer on each stalk. Now you want to put the faceplate on the radio to get an idea of the spacing required. I want to make it sure it’s flat and even with the bottom of the radio. We’ll plug in our stalk to the side of the radio here and we’ll grab faceplate to get an idea of how far through it’s going to come. Okay, you want to make sure you just have a couple of threads visible so the spacing on that is pretty good. Now we’ll figure out which washers and the spacers are needed to keep it right there. Now we have the faceplate seated properly, we got to fill this gap with one of the spacers. They give you multiple sizes, but the one’s going to fit pretty well so we’re going to put that in first to make sure it works.
Now our faceplate sits up against the bracket. We have the proper spacing so we’re going to put another washer and nut on the front. We’re not going to tighten it down too much just yet; we’re just going to give it one turn just to make it a little snug. Once we have the bracket and the faceplate spaced properly, now you want to space it in your dash. We’re going to use our dash for repair panel so you can get a better idea of how everything fits. You either use one of this or you’re going to put it in the car and test fit that way.
First, you want to put another nut and washer on. The spacing on our dash is pretty good. We’re going to pull this nut back a little further to get it a little tighter. That’s about how much thread you want visible through your dashboard. Now we have our spacing pretty much right, we’re going to go through, tighten the nuts up a little bit, do the same thing for the other side.
These don’t have to be overly tight. We’ll just give it a slight turn with the ratchet once we have it hand tight. Once we have both of the stalks assembled we’re going to make sure that it fits our dash properly and see we have enough thread on both sides to get the final nut on. You want to get to the point where you just get a couple of turns. You don’t want too much of it visible or it’ll stick too far out of the dashboard.
Now we’re going to remove the repair panel and put the radio on our car. We’re going to start by connecting our harnesses for our power and our speakers. Connect our antenna. Now we’re ready to fish our radio up in to our dashboard. We’ll get it in place then we’ll put our washers and our bolts on. I want to tighten the nuts down, turn them by hand until they get snug and give it a quarter turn with a ratchet. All right, we’ll install our knobs. The kit includes these little plastic covers with the door which will go to the hardware where we use to install it to the dash. Those will go on first, then the knob will slide over and the metal knobs go on the outside.
To complete our installation, we’re going to tie up all of our harnesses. We’re going to make sure there’s no bare wire so if you’re not using your speaker wires, you want to tape them up. You also want to make sure all of the plugs that you need are visible and accessible. The USB connections come with a nice length of cable allowing you to fish them pretty much anywhere in the car you like to. The common places will include the glove box or just hang it underneath the dashboard. In our case we do plan on a console down the road, so we’ll just leave it in the center of the car for now. The radio includes this wired mic. for Bluetooth operations which we’re going to connect underneath the dash as well. We’re going to zip tie some of our harnesses together before we hide everything underneath our dashboard.
A Retro Sound Radio has so many features that it’ll be impossible to cover everything. I’m just going to show you a few of the details that make the Retro Sound unique. As you can see, the display is constantly changing colors. You can pick anyone you want to keep with or you can leave it on random so it will constantly scroll through the different colors.
Now we’re going to turn it on. When you turn it on, it’s going to go to the last source that you used. In our case we had our iPod hooked up to our USB connection. It’s going to pick up right where it was playing the last. It will tell you the track, the time into the track, as well as the artist, the name of the song and what album it’s on. You can control your iPod right from your radio now and change tracks. You can also pause the iPod. You can also shuffle it.
Now let me show you how to use the Bluetooth feature. You’re going to click source up here until you see Bluetooth audio. That way it transmits anything Bluetooth from your phone through the stereo with no wires. Use that for Spotify, Pandora or just internet music as well. It also allows us to make hands-free phone calls, as well. Once you make a phone call, it’s going to mute your stereo then you can hear the phone through your speaker.
Rick: Thanks for calling CJ pony Parts, this is Rick.
Bill: Hey, Rick, it’s Bill. We’re just checking out the features on the Model Two Radio, how do we sound?
Rick: You sound very clear.
Bill: Cool, thank you very much.
Rick: Yep, have a good day.
Now as soon as we disconnect our call our music is going to come back right on. The beauty of the Model Two Radio is that it allows it to use all the modern technology found in your new stereo, yet still keep that vintage look and installs in the dash without any modifications. Installation will take you around two hours, so you’ll be back on the road in no time.