How to Identify a Delco AM Radio

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The Delco-brand radio has been a staple in General Motors (GM) cars for decades. You can identify the model number of a Delco-brand AM radio that was inside a GM car by looking at the series of numbers and letters inscribed on its bottom or side panel. A code provides details as to what the series of numbers and letters refer to; this information can be gotten from a GM or Delco-related website or found in old instruction manuals that came with GM cars.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Locate the series of numbers and letters that are inscribed on the Delco-brand AM radio -- a flashlight will help you to see this information clearly. Write down the series of number and letters on a piece of paper.

  • Compare the series that was written down with the information provided by a GM or Delco-related website or from an old instruction manual that came with a Delco AM radio-equipped GM car.

  • Translate the series of numbers and letters by following the following formula: the first digit is the model number of the car beginning at 1970 -- so "0" would be 1970, while "5" would be 1975.

  • Translate the second digit in the series to determine what make of car the Delco AM radio was intended for use in -- for example, a "2" would indicate that it was intended for a Pontiac, while a "5" would indicate that it was intended for use in a Cadillac.

  • Translate the third digit in the series to determine the Fisher-body style of the car that the radio was intended for; for example, an "A" would indicate that the radio was to be installed in a mid-sized model, while a "C" would indicate that the radio was intended for a greater than full-sized model (example: Cadillac Fleetwood).

  • Make a note of the final two digits of the series, which will denote the type of features that the AM radio that you are looking at has: for example, "PB" denotes that there are push buttons on the radio, while "TZ" denotes that there is a stereo 8-track player built into the AM radio.

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