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Installing Radio in 1963 Impala

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Posted: April 22, 2005 at 11:52 AM / IP Logged  
Hey guys I need some help. I am going to be installing a aftermarket radio in my brother 1963 Impala the factory radio is DEAD and the wire is bad. I need to know how to wire the power to the radio (should I go directly from the battery? or will this leave the radio on at all times even when the car is off) I plan on tying the remote wire to the amps off the same wire.  Any imput would be greatly appreciated on how to run the power, Ground and the remote wire for the install. Thanks in advance
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Posted: April 22, 2005 at 2:31 PM / IP Logged  
No help from anyone.  I am doing the install this weekend and this is the first time I install a radio from scratch.
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Posted: April 22, 2005 at 3:47 PM / IP Logged  
The radio will have an on-off switch, so go ahead and wire to a local switched 12 volt could be the battery pos (constant) if you wish, but the radio will have to be manually turned off when exiting the car.  Put a fuse inline on the power wire to cover the amperage the radio will pull.  Install the amp remote wire to a switched 12 volt can be the same switched source as the radio, and put a 1 amp fuse in that amp remote wire near the power source, too.  You will find a wire somewhere under the dash.  That is, if the new radio doesn't have a remote lead that is hot when the radio is turned on.
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Posted: April 23, 2005 at 2:37 AM / IP Logged  
99% of radios have two power cables feeding into them.  There is the constant (yellow) and the turn on (red).  This is how to hook it up.  The yellow wire goes directly to the battery or to any other wire behind the dash that is ALWAYS on.  The red wire goes to a cable that only gets power when the car turns on.  Check near your steering column for these cables and use a power probe to find out which is which.  If you need further help, let me know.
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Posted: April 26, 2005 at 8:37 AM / IP Logged  
Yeah there is wiring from the factory HU put the wiring is NO GOOD. I just found out that the person who  had the car before had an aftermarket radio in the glove box and left the wires there. I guess I will have to check to see if any of theat wiring is live with a voltage meter. From the picture my brother sent me there is like 4-5 wires. What wires should I look to use for the ACC wire and the Constant power (Constant will always show what voltage and the ACC wire will only show voltage when the key is turned correct?) Then I will just ground the radio to the car correct. Thanks

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