Radio

General Chat with an emphasis on BMC Minis & Other iconic cars of the 1960's. Includes information on MK1 Action days.
Aginley
Posts: 345
Joined: Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:31 pm

Radio

Post by Aginley »

Hi, what type of radio or cassette player would suit a Mk1 to look period? Was there a particular standard style , year etc?
Thanks

User avatar
Highnumbers
Posts: 667
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:26 am
Location: California, USA

Re: Radio

Post by Highnumbers »

All of the radios were aftermarket and sold either by the dealer or separate shops, from what I understand.

Most installed were Radiomobile brand (there were a few common models, depending on the exact year), though I've seen others mounted including Motorola, Blaupunkt and more.

These days, the better solution is likely getting one of the period units that have been converted to accept a 3.5mm plug for an MP3 player, install a couple speakers and hope you can still hear tunes over the engine/gearbox noise. :lol:
Last edited by Highnumbers on Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:24 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Simon776
Posts: 1050
Joined: Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:08 pm

Re: Radio

Post by Simon776 »

All of the 1960's factory fitted radios were Radiomobile models; the 60T was probably the most common.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

User avatar
johnv
Posts: 525
Joined: Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:01 pm
Location: Surrey UK

Re: Radio

Post by johnv »

I got a retro styled bluetooth one for the Mk2 .. will send pic if you're interested, and even include my personally compiled 60's spotify playlist :lol:
Mk2 Cooper
Mk1 project

User avatar
surfblue63
Posts: 4541
Joined: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:13 pm
Location: North East

Re: Radio

Post by surfblue63 »

There's a scan of the 1965 BMC radio set leaflet on the main site

http://mk1-performance-conversions.co.uk/AKD2242.pdf

Also there are conversions available and companies that will modify an old transistor radio to an MP3 player so you can connect your iPod/phone.
The Sweeney's doing ninety 'cos they've got the word to go...

camshaft2
Posts: 48
Joined: Sun May 29, 2011 10:44 pm

Re: Radio

Post by camshaft2 »

I’ve modified a couple myself to accept iPod connection. Nothing flash, uprated all of the transistors due to age and add a little input mixer circuit to the amplifier with a stereo 3.5mm jack plug on the end. All you do is tune the receiver to a quiet channel and then play the iPod/phone through the amp. I’ve done an old Motorola and a Radiomobile 1070. It’s an ok solution that looks period although I believe there are professionals out there adding new DAB and iPod circuits to old receivers....

Paul

User avatar
Highnumbers
Posts: 667
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:26 am
Location: California, USA

Re: Radio

Post by Highnumbers »

The real decision regarding radios is deciding where to mount the speakers.

It's difficult to find non-invasive solutions that aren't an eyesore, since the Mk1 mini interior is so sparse.

User avatar
johnv
Posts: 525
Joined: Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:01 pm
Location: Surrey UK

Re: Radio

Post by johnv »

A board under the back seat with 'period' silver grills
Mk2 Cooper
Mk1 project

User avatar
Pandora
Posts: 2546
Joined: Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:01 pm
Location: Dunfermline, Fife

Re: Radio

Post by Pandora »

Wireless Bluetooth speaker on the parcel shelf is probably the least impact these days (of course in a crash it will knock your teeth out...…)

Al

User avatar
snoopy64
Posts: 568
Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:40 pm

Re: Radio

Post by snoopy64 »

johnv wrote:A board under the back seat with 'period' silver grills
Quite agree and easily removed... i have my usb charge point in mine as well... i went for a half board so i could still have the obligatory wicker basket under the other side(got to have somewhere to keep the jump leads in!!) :)
Cheers

Kevin

Post Reply