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car radio to fit elan?

PostPost by: phatmendus » Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:56 am

Hi does anybody know if there is a car radio that will fit the elan plus 2 that has at least FM tuning onit? I think the original radiomobile only has long and medium wave. If anybody knows of a make and model that will def. fit I would be vary grateful.

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PostPost by: archigator » Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:37 pm

I have a vintage Philips Turnolock AM/FM radio that fits my baby Elan. 7" wide x 3 5/8" deep x 1 5/8" high. It has a dial and adjustable knobs that extend about 3/4" (max) beyond the body of the radio with an adjustable faceplate. I hunted over a year on eBay before I found one. This one also fits an Alfa Romeo Spider, so you may find something that fits your +2 by exploring that route. (I have the radio more to close off the hole in my dash, rather than to actually hear music... my Elan is too loud. I also enjoy the exhaust note anyway.)

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PostPost by: M100 » Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:27 pm

I thought the +2 was a lot less fussy than the "+0" in the size of radio that can be fitted?

I've a Philips Turnolock in mine too but only MW/LW. It doesn't get used very much.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:46 pm

Phillips DC552 or 556,as found in Rovers and Land/Range rovers.
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PostPost by: phatmendus » Sat Apr 15, 2006 7:26 pm

great thanks everybody. much appreciated.

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PostPost by: Kets » Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:20 pm

Hi Simon

Just thought you may like to know that I had my Turnolock converted to FM and had a jack put in that plugs into a CD or MP3 player. The jack is in the glove box so does'nt spoil the original look.

It was done by a guy in Cheshire, he also sells period radio's and is familier with the size needed to fit an Elan, but be warned he's not cheap.
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PostPost by: wparslow » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:01 pm

Hi Kets, so, who is the guy in Cheshire - I want to talk to him.

Thx

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PostPost by: Hamish Coutts » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:23 pm

Got a Turnlock as well but only medium/long wave. I've tried replacing the aerial and tuning the radio to it but it's still dead crackley. Don't use it much.

Seriously thinking on fitting a wee FM radio in place of it with an input for an mp3 player/sat nav voice.

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PostPost by: alaric » Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:33 pm

Hi Kets. I too would be interested in the Cheshire chap if you have contact info.

Thanks.

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PostPost by: Kets » Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:10 pm

Hi all

just dug out the receipt for the radio I had done, here's the details

THE VINTAGE WIRELESS COMPANY
174 CROSS STREET
SALE
CHESHIRE M33 7AQ

TEL - 0161 9730438

www.vintagewireless.co.uk (The website is being re-vamped at the moment)
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PostPost by: edcrawford » Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:18 pm

If anyone is still interested I have just placed a Philips Turnolock onto E-bay, adapted to FM and in perfect working order.
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PostPost by: GreekS1 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:50 am

Hi all!
Does anyone know if either of these 2 radios Motorola 114 and Radiomobile 1070 will fit an elan s3?

Also has anyone bought from: http://www.tadpoleradios.co.uk/
he is quite expensive but Im wondering with all the upgrades etc it might be worth it.

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PostPost by: Keith Scarfe » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:22 pm

:? Just tried to find edcrawfords ad on ebay and when i couldnt realised the post was from 2006 :roll:
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:03 pm

I think that either of those Radiomobile / Motorola will fit the S3...they don't have the depth restriction that the Plus 2 has, so will accept pretty much any radio of the period.
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PostPost by: SADLOTUS » Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:57 pm

Not sure on the dimensions for your +2s, but try Blaupunkt or Becker radios, they've had FM since the war - and a din plug for your ipod (originally for the amp). Not high output (7watts) but enough for cruising and stationary traffic. Nice classic looks too...and a nice classic 35quid.
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