Schematic for 1974 GM car radio needed

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I only need the immediate output stage.  This had a blown DS501 and I want  
to check the bias on this germanium transistor.  This came out of a '74 Cad
dy but all GM car radios used the same output system so if anyone has a sca
n of any of them or a working link I'd love to get a look at it.

Re: Schematic for 1974 GM car radio needed
On Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:13:40 AM UTC-7, wrote:
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The old Sams Photofact series covered lots of car radios; check to see if your
local library had a subscription, or can get an interlibrary loan.  Or, there's
online merchants (or eBay) if you can figure out which folder number you want.
Sams is still in business, <

Re: Schematic for 1974 GM car radio needed
On Monday, September 19, 2016 at 5:27:10 PM UTC-4, whit3rd wrote:
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A lot of trouble for doing a favor for free...

But you reminded me that somewhere I have (had) a box of old Sams books that just covered car radios.  There's a chance I pitched the whole box in the dumpster a few years ago.  I'll spend 15 minutes tomorrow checking storage where they are/used to be.

Re: Schematic for 1974 GM car radio needed
Just turn it down. At full class A bias the circuit is capable of 8.9 watts
 into 8 ohms. Not all transistors could take that so many were set lower. R
ealistically it is hard to hear the difference between 8.9 watts and 5 watt
s. Plus, there is some amount of DC on the speakers so if they are not stoc
k they might not like that DC. I know I blew a pair like that a long time a

If you check the DC resistance of the output choke you can do a few calcula
tions. It is probably 1.2 ohms and they call for one volt across it. For th
e stock speakers that were actually ten ohms, the DC did not bother them, b
ut if they have been replaced you want that bias lower or else put a blocki
ng capacitor in series.  

I would say that you don't want any more than a volt across that output cho
ke. If you want more power get a power booster. Also, since it failed ad th
ey never do, and the age, I would suspect the cap across that output choke.
 Those are alot higher value than we are used to these days, I don't rememb
er specifically but they might be 10 uF or something like that. If that goe
s open the output transistor is very vulnerable to inductive spikes. Being  
across the choke, very few caps checkers will check their ESP, bitching abo
ut a short circuit. So you have to disconnect it. My scope based one will b
ut those mean some building. You have to have a known impedance of a known  
voltage of a square wave and that requires prints. It might be useful later
 but not enough for just one project.  

Anyway, using the output choke DC resistance as a guide, set it to somewhat
 less than one amp and see how it works. It might be just fine. I the speak
ers have been replaced they might be four ohms or at least have a lower DC  
resistance in which case you have to set it even lower. If stock speakers w
hich will be ten ohm, put a bit less than a volt on it and your output tran
sistor will be dissipating about 12 watts all the time. Even the cheaper on
es can handle that.  

There were some of those cars that had faders and more than one speaker. Th
ose had the bigger output transistors and the heftier chokes, and were of c
ourse biased higher to get that couple of extra watts.  

Check that cap, and then get say 750 mV across that coil and see how it sou
nds. If it sounds good, ship it.

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