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Old 04-12-2019, 10:19 AM
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When I bought my '81 vette from the previous owner, they had an LED USb, bluetooth enabled radio installed. It's been nice, but the radio looks out of place and I want the car to have the original feeling to it. I have the stock radio and the ***** and I purchased a center gauge bezel.

I've looked through the manuals on how to install it, but I can't seem to find anything that explains how it fits snuggly inside the center gauge. The dial posts, fit into their proper position. The length of the casette fits snuggly into the bezel, but the width of the bezel is too large. Are there parts that I am missing? I have access to a 3D printer as well, so I can fabricate parts if need be.

Any pictures that y'all have of your radio and how it's installed would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:39 AM
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Post a pic. A stock radio should fit the opening in a stock bezel.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:22 AM
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Of course. Here it is. If you look at the picture with the center gauge bezel, there is about a 1/4" gap between the bottom edge of the Bezel and the radio.

The radio fits, I'm just not too sure how to secure it into the bezel.


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Old 04-15-2019, 12:29 PM
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Looks like you have an aftermarket radio. If GM made it, there will be a Delco label on the side of it.
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Looks like you have an aftermarket radio. If GM made it, there will be a Delco label on the side of it.
The one I removed from my 79 was twice the size of that.
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That’s a aftermarket radio for sure, probably custom autosound or retro sound. I had the same issue you are speaking of when I had one in my 77. I bought from mid-America a bezel that filled the gap exactly. Part # was 678-003, came with some crappy ***** but filled the gap perfect

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Old 04-18-2019, 11:29 AM
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Bummer. Looks like they don't have anything on the mid-America website for anything past '76. The indicator lights and the air vents are different.

I have access to a 3D printer, I might just fabricate a retainer to fit in there. Do y'all happen to have pictures of the back of the radio to show how it securely fits in there?
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Do you have the assembly instruction manual (AIM)? It shows the radio installation. Instead of fabbing up a spacer, have you looked for a stock 81 unit?
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:26 PM
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I have the shop manual for the '81 but it doesn't show anything on the radio installation. But at this point, I might go find the original stock radio since that will fit best!
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There is a bracket that lives on the right side of the transmission bellhousing hump that I believe bolts onto the radio as well. Do you have that piece, and the *****/nuts that secure the radio posts to the bezel?
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View with a stock radio from Bing Images

https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...4,2,1,6&sim=11
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