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Speaker size for 1969 Thunderbird

Discussion in '1967 - 1988 Ford Thunderbird' started by OneAmongOthers, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Does anyone know the size of the speakers for the 1969 Thunderbird? I want to replace my mummified paper cone speakers with modern ones. I knows there is one in each door, one in the dash I believe? Plus two in the rear.
     
  2. jazbo

    jazbo Active Member Lifetime Donor

    I know the front is 4X10, I got a two-way replacement that was a big improvement. I need to replace the rears but not sure of the size. I have AM so I don't have the door speakers.
     
  3. AM really? Didn't think that they would still use AM then too. Mind is AM/FM stereo. A speaker in each door, one in the dash and two it seems in the back. Gotta squeeze my ass into that space where the spare tire was (It was still the bias ply spare in there too!), to try and get to them.

    I saw on ebay a few options I am considering. One is a look alike radio that fits exactly in the same space as the original one except it has a modern USB port for your ipod or whatever music device you got. The other lol was an original radio with the 8 track player. Well that is if you are into 8 track that is.
     
  4. 4 x 6 is in your Front Doors. Rear deck is a 6" Round. With a little finagling....you may get in a 6x9 which is what I put in one of my 71's
     
  5. okay sounds good.
     
  6. I build my own radio in my 68. My original radio was only AM with 8-track (stereo) Still using the original speakers as they are still good. I used a chineas radio with FM, cut it and found the connections for valume, search, tone etc. and managed to move the controlls to its correct place. At the moment I am happy with that sollution - at least I can get FM music stations. Have a look at the pics. 30.01.2019 001.JPG 30.01.2019 002.JPG 30.01.2019 003.JPG 30.01.2019 004.JPG 30.01.2019 005.JPG 30.01.2019 006.JPG 30.01.2019 007.JPG 30.01.2019 001.JPG 30.01.2019 002.JPG 30.01.2019 003.JPG 30.01.2019 004.JPG 30.01.2019 005.JPG 30.01.2019 006.JPG 30.01.2019 007.JPG 30.01.2019 001.JPG
     
  7. Is that the custom radio they have for our birds? I am very much interested in getting it.
     
  8. No, I made this out of a 20 Dollar chineas purchase and added a little 2x 30 watts amp to it. I moved the controlls to the original positions and used original knobs. Nice ?
     
  9. jazbo

    jazbo Active Member Lifetime Donor


    Heh, AM was around long before FM and is still in car radios today. It was the base radio for 70 Birds. Not too many 8-track tapes left around and they are likely so degraded that you wouldn't want to use them anyway. Hell, even back in the day when they were new they always jammed. You'd see cartridges thrown out the window along the highway with miles of tape blowing in the wind from them.

    I have the original spare tire too, but for 1970 radials became standard and it is a Silverstone radial.
     
  10. 4 x 6 speakers in front doors on 68/69 Birds is not true......they are 4 x 8 !
     
  11. Heh, I have the original spare in mine as well. Good ole bais ply tire. I just pulled it out and tossed it into the storage with the rest of the things I pulled out of the car when I got it. I still have the factory owners manual as well as the warranty card. Hmmm... I wonder if I take it to a Ford dealership would they still honor it? I mean the warranty is good for 50k miles and my car only shows 41k. What are my chances you think?
     
  12. jazbo

    jazbo Active Member Lifetime Donor

    Not good, but think how much free work you could have done if they did! I think back in the 60s it was just 12 months coverage. Or was it 3 years?
     
  13. Ford mechanics nowadays could not repair such cars anyway
     
  14. heh 12 months or 50k miles I believe it was.
     
  15. True considering when I took my 1992 Ford Taurus SHO to a dealership the were surprised to see a Taurus with a 5 speed in it. One salesmen (an older dude) even said... "Oh wow, I never knew they put sticks into these cars."
     
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