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Old 03-02-2010, 02:48 AM   #1
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1990 cd player

I was wondering what stock GM radio with cd player will fit and plug right into my stock harness. I have a 1990 formula 350 I would like to keep the stock look. I know the cd player was an option but my car didn't get it. Will i have to look for a 1990 radio or is their many years and makes of cars i could look for that would fit.
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Pretty much any gm delco cd player from 1989-2002 will be plug and play with your harness.Some might need mods to the mounting brackets to bolt up correctly.Both of my irocs have newer cd players from 92-95 buicks
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Why do you want 20 year old technology?
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Why do you want 20 year old technology?
Some people, myself included, appreciate what the car was originally, and want to keep it that way or return it that way, I won't get rid of my 20 year old UM7 radio for the same reason. I hate after market head units......gross

Even a radio from a Buick would be worlds better than an after market one

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Some people, myself included, appreciate what the car was originally, and want to keep it that way or return it that way, I won't get rid of my 20 year old UM7 radio for the same reason. I have after market head units......gross

Even a radio from a Buick would be worlds better than an after market one

Yes Completely stock look is what I'm going for couldn't said it better after market just don't look right.
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Pretty much any gm delco cd player from 1989-2002 will be plug and play with your harness.Some might need mods to the mounting brackets to bolt up correctly.Both of my irocs have newer cd players from 92-95 buicks

Thank you for the info now i can start looking.
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Yes Completely stock look is what I'm going for couldn't said it better after market just don't look right.
Thank you! I'm glad that someone on this forum agrees with me! When you restore a car, you don't put in a new head unit, you find the original radio that was installed in the car, or one that could have been.
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Pretty much any gm delco cd player from 1989-2002 will be plug and play with your harness.Some might need mods to the mounting brackets to bolt up correctly.Both of my irocs have newer cd players from 92-95 buicks
I put a cd player from a 1991 Firebird into my 87 GTA. I needed a wiring harness adapter because the plugs were different on 88 and older cars and I still wanted to still use the factory subwoofer system. Otherwise, all I had to do was swap the mounting brackets because they were a little different. As 82 roc said, since your bird is a 90, any 89-02 radio will plug right in.

Those original U1A cd radios can be hard to come by and somewhat pricey though.
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Even a radio from a Buick would be worlds better than an after market one
Both of my Irocs had aftermarket radios installed when I bought them.They were both removed for stock GM Delco cd players....BTW here is a pic of my early 90`s buick radio.I cant say enough about the factory look


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Those original U1A cd radios can be hard to come by and somewhat pricey though.
Yeah, especially if you want one from the same year as your car, I don't know how many they made for the Firebird in 1990, but they only made 3 for the Camaro for 1990!

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Both of my Irocs had aftermarket radios installed when I bought them.They were both removed for stock GM Delco cd players....BTW here is a pic of my early 90`s buick radio.I cant say enough about the factory look


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Yes, that looks good, that looks like its stock to the untrained eye, and I think it looks good, props for keeping the car with stock manufacturer parts and not ugly aftermarket ones!

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Thats my 1990 UM7 radio, and I love it, and absolutely refuse to replace it! Nuf said!
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Yeah, especially if you want one from the same year as your car, I don't know how many they made for the Firebird in 1990, but they only made 3 for the Camaro for 1990!
Ive actually had and sold 3 of the 1st gen pontiac cd players.Besides firebirds Ive also found them in grand prix`s of that era.Right now I have a 2nd gen pontiac cd player that came from a 1993 bonneville.Its similar to my picture but the controls are in grey.Just needs to have the cd mechanism fixed



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Yes, that looks good, that looks like its stock to the untrained eye, and I think it looks good, props for keeping the car with stock manufacturer parts and not ugly aftermarket ones!

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Thats my 1990 UM7 radio, and I love it, and absolutely refuse to replace it! Nuf said!
That really is a bare bones radio.I only add factory options to my cars.....Overhead console(86 Iroc) and center console clock(both cars).
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Ive actually had and sold 3 of the 1st gen pontiac cd players.Besides firebirds Ive also found them in grand prix`s of that era.Right now I have a 2nd gen pontiac cd player that came from a 1993 bonneville.Its similar to my picture but the controls are in grey.Just needs to have the cd mechanism fixed
Yeah, Firebird radios would be easier to find, but the Camaro ones (90-92) have yellow lettering on them and I don't know if any other models have the same yellow lettering to match.


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That really is a bare bones radio.I only add factory options to my cars.....Overhead console(86 Iroc) and center console clock(both cars).
Yeah, its the most basic of radios you could get in a Camaro, it really is a Radio, not a cassette player or cd player or anything, just a plain and simple old radio, but I love it, its so simple and easy to use and completely utilitarian, it gets the job done and still comes in pretty clear.
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