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    What was the pimp CB radio of the 70s?

    I'm going to add a CB to my 1972 Suburban at some point. I'm trying to keep things fairly period correct. So what was the iconic or best or bitchin-est CB radio of the mid 70s?

    What are they worth these days? Do they hold up? I can do some basic electronic repair like re-solder capacitors if needed.

    Just want to know what to keep an eye out for on CL and FB marketplace.

    Thanks!

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    Kraco 23 channel or anything from the President line.
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    Anything 23 channel... If you want to show a little style, go find an old EF Johnson Viking. I had one in an old '72 Dodge Power Wagon with a 102" whip back in the days.

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    I still have my Midland 23 channel radio. I had it installed with a 102 inch whip on my '74 CJ5 that I bought new. It might even still work. I'm not interested in selling though it since it has sentimental value.

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    I never had one, but friends of mine had Cobra.

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    Thanks you've given me some things to look out for. I see mostly Cobras - I take it they were a pretty common brand back then?

    Will an older radio need some refurbishing?

    I know there were some ways to boost the power on older radios, any in particular lend themselves to that?

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    I would say yes. An older radio may need a little refurbishing (tuning), if not a few component replacements. Good news though, almost all of the older radios used fairly simple circuits so that parts (if required) should not be hard to find.

    As for giving it a little more kick, yes, that can be done too. There are plenty of public resources that you can "google" and they will tell you how to do that as well...

    Happy hunting,

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    I’ll have to dig through my junk to see if I still have it, but I used to have an old am/fm/cb radio, all built into one unit. Pulled it from my early bronco

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    Most Cobra units still looks like they were made in 70s...
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    Dunno if it works, it was never wired when it was in my Bronco. But you are welcome to play with it if you like


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    I appreciate it, but I just installed a new receiver in it. Thanks anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    Most Cobra units still looks like they were made in 70s...
    I've noticed that! Gotta love the chrome knobs.

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    What unit did you go with?

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    I haven't bought anything yet. Just wanted to know what to look out for as a browse CL ads.

    The post above was reference the new stereo receiver I installed, so his CB combo would be redundant.

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