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Offline wc351

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Billy Bob's CB
« on: October 24, 2020, 07:24:39 AM »
Does anyone know what the CB radio is in Billy Bob's boat?


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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2020, 10:46:24 PM »
Tough question, wasted some time looking for an answer, but no luck.  The blue box on the left is a Federal signal pa-20a, siren driver, but its missing the microphone for pa use.  It's difficult since it may have been a prop.  Law enforcement has always liked batwings (motorola) equipment, so I would expect to see a Motrac head along with the pa 20.   Now given the timeframe, it could be a cb radio, but Billy Bob was some form of law enforcement, ranger, la fish and wildlife maybe.  Given that, the long antennas, and the period, they would likely have operated commercial radios on low band, 39.9 mhz, mutual aid on 39.98.  The radio microphone doesn't have the shape of motorola, GE, midland, Standard, Royce, RCA, lafayette, pace, cobra, or Johnson.     Lettering on radio and microphone is not legible when zoomed in.
Curious to know why the interest, building a billy bob cv21?
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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2020, 11:54:22 PM »
No plans to build a Billy Bob. I know there was a Billy Bob boat built a while back but it had a LS motor in it, personally would have liked to have seen a built Olds. Had a good friend asking me about it and after a lot of research myself I was coming up short. I thought someone here might know. I was racking my brain on the radio because I had never seen one like it myself. Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2020, 11:24:00 AM »
Same here .. long search .. no luck ..
Watch a TV show on restoring the "Back to the future" DeLorean the other night, they got most of the original parts from local surplus stores.
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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2020, 11:41:04 AM »
I have multiple antique malls near me and I have thought about just scouring through them to see what I can find. I still get amazed at what I find in them.

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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2020, 02:21:48 PM »
Same here .. long search .. no luck ..
Watch a TV show on restoring the "Back to the future" DeLorean the other night, they got most of the original parts from local surplus stores.
Restoring the one the train destroyed?


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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2020, 03:47:18 PM »
Restoring the one the train destroyed?


Haha, that would be why they could find all the parts in a surplus store. Each piece was taken apart rather quickly.

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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2020, 05:18:41 PM »
Yep, definitely a Federal Siren driver.  I would also agree with Mike that that radio has the standard Motorola white plastic case of that era.
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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2020, 05:23:36 PM »
Got it!

Its a VHF Marine radio (duh)...though the Billy Bob model appears to be older with the selector dial vs. led channel number display.

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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2020, 05:24:45 PM »
That's amazing that you found it.  8)

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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2020, 05:28:40 PM »
« Last Edit: October 28, 2020, 05:34:27 PM by dorelse »
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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2020, 06:41:12 PM »
That is amazing you found that.  I found several motorola models with similar features, but never found a real match.  I worked in a radio shop in Omaha repairing comm radios for about five years, but never had any marine radios come across the bench.  I suppose it would make sense being in close proximity to the gulf and Mississippi River to have vhf.  I tried searching for marine units as well.  Nice little treasure hunt.
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1989 Lowe 200 Redneck fishin Toon
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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2020, 08:29:00 PM »
Good job Doran !
I was searching "CB radios" ..
Never thought to search "Marine band" ..
Now ya just need to find a CV21 to put it in ..   ::)

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« Last Edit: October 28, 2020, 08:33:44 PM by Hyperacme »
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Re: Billy Bob's CB
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2020, 07:11:42 AM »
Jay Leno's Garage featured a Back to the Future DeLorean re-creation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD8430xJRbM&t=632s

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