Page created by T Dec 18th 2008:
Various makes and models of radios have been fitted to Holden cars throughout the years.
Radios Used in Holden Cars:
The radios used by Holden & branded Air Chief, were always supplied by the one company, up until the mid 70s, anyway. The company was REI (Radio & Electronic Industries ??) which became Astor in the 60s, which was later taken over by Philips the 70s. None of the early Air Chief radios were made by Ferris, AWA or Philips. The Astor company also sold similar radios to the Air Chief into the aftermarket & branded these as the Astor 'Diamond Dot'. Even though some genuine Holden Air Chief radios had a jewel on the face, Holden didn't promote the Diamond Dot name. The first 'transistorised' Air Chief was seen in very late FC (around October 1959), but even they still had several valves in them. The first 'all transistor' Air Chief was seen mid FB (1960/61). These have 'All Transistor Deluxe' on their on face. That AWA unit in the photo, looks to be an early 60s 12V unit & could have been fitted to just about any (12V) car at the time. The aftermarket car radio business in those days was huge, because no car at time came with a radio as factory standard. VWs were built in Australia (until 1976) & the accessory division of VW Australia supplied Australian made car radios to be fitted at the dealers at that time. AFIAK AWA supplied Ford Australia were their genuine accessory radios. Before the Japanese invasion of the electronics industry, Australia was a world leader in this area. The Air Chief & AWA (AM) car radios of the late 60s & early 70s are still considered to have the best long distance reception of any units ever made. Has anybody on this forum ever compared an old Air Chief (or similar) to a modern head unit. The old ones kill them in this area. johnperth is correct about the costs, car radios were expensive luxury items in the 50s & early 60s. Dr Terry.
Radio Cuts Out:
I thought I'll give you an update on the retrosound radio. Well I've been chatting their tech support in the States & the fella I've been chatting Greg Shannon has been a great help. I've mention to Greg that I've read up & a lot of this was popping up on the American car sites & they were older cars & this issue was pin pointed to an RF interference from the ignition system BUT they were all HEI or MSD ignitions.
So Greg said he believe it was the same & suggested new spark plug leads, but were pretty new anyway.
So went searching some & found all the info myself & the fix was as easy as fitting a set of resister type spark plugs. So I the D on a little ten minute drive & so far so good & it looks like it's done the trick.
P.S many thanks to all for your input!!!
P.S T this info may be useful https://www.retrosou...
HQ Holden Radios:
8 transistor manual tune (this is what you have)
11 transistor push button tune
13 transistor push button tune
and a radio cassette stereo ALL where options End of submission by maxkv8.
EIL and Astor:
Hi Rusty. EIL is the name I couldn't remember. That's the name on all the old Air Chief literature from that era. Pye was another separate company that Philips took over around the same time as Astor. Pye mainly made 2-Way radios, TVs & home radios, I don't think they ever made car radios. But EIL is the same company as Astor. Dr Terry
FJ Radio Mounting Hole:
Submission by PerthDonno Feb 24th 2017:
The hole cut into the FJ dash is to fit the Air Chief was done in the early 1950's.
It is there on all FJ's under the blank plate which says holden in the centre of the FJ dash. Attached is photo.
Have added radio fronts for FJ Air Chiefs on main page which you may want to add to the Radio Information.
End of submission by PerthDonno Feb 24th 2017: