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Radio speakers

Radio Speakers

To all.  While the original radio is complete and functional, no remains
exist of the speaker installation. What were they, where and how is/are
it/they mounted in a 140FHC? Are they still available in working order or
inasmuch as they would be hidden, am I better off with modern units? Thanks
- Klaus Nielsen, 140FHC

Sorry, I don't know the details of the XK140 installation. A new speaker is
likely to sound much better than a used one, but beware that most modern
speakers are designed to work with high power amplifiers, and have low
efficiency compared to the units made in the 1950s.  Your
amplifier probably has a undistorted output power of 5W, which needs an
efficient speaker to be heard in an XK. - regards, Mike Morrin

Klaus, My 140FH has an oval speaker-shaped hole that is about 6 1/2"  X  2
3/4" in the center of the shelf right below the rear window. Also a hole in
the right front fender just ahead of the door that looks like an antenna
mount. Since there was no radio or speaker in it, I can't say if those are
original. BTW... does your FH have a metal panel suspended from the bottom
of the rear shelf on the LH side?  Mine does and I don't know what it was
for. - Sam Bell

Mike, Thanks, never straightforward, is it? Regards - Klaus Nielsen

Klaus, I found a company called Custom Autosound (I think) in the midwest
that rebuilt my old radio to modern standards, as well as making it am/fm.
They will also take old speakers and recone them, etc. to bring them up to
date so you can have "originality" and modern performance. I'll dig out the
name and address for you. - Ron, "59 150 dhc

Klaus, The company I had rebuild my radio is The Classic Car Radio Company.
The address is 2718 Koper Drive, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48310. Phone
810-268-2918; fax 810-977-0895. I think the part that offers radios to fit
classic American cars is called Custom Autosound. They can rebuild an
original radio to modern specs and they also can update old speakers.
Good luck - Ron, 150 dhc

Ron, Thanks, I'll try them for the single speaker I have. Regards - Klaus

Sam, Thanks, your info allowed me to match the sordid remnants to establish
the speaker location. I have an original speaker and radio and a
questionable antenna assembly if you need details on dimensions etc.
Regards - Klaus Nielsen

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