1983 Chevy Truck Stereo Wiring?

Tiny
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1983 Chevy Truck

I have a C10 Pickup and I am having the hardest time wiring in the stereo. I had it going straight to the battery and that worked but I had to remember to turn the radio off when I got out of the truck. In the fuse box, under the dash, there were 3 spots that said "ignition", I plugged it into each, one at a time. The stereo would turn off and on with the ignitiion turned on, but did not keep memory and the radio fuse kept blowing. Any ideas?
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 8:37 AM

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Tiny
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Hello, there should be two feeds to the radio. Original wire colors, orange is constant 12 volts, for the memory--clock--whatever. Yellow is switched 12 volt--ignition switch feed.
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 9:16 AM
Tiny
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I have a very faded yellow (looks yellow), a light blue and a black coming out of the wiring harness. In the fuse box there are also two spots that say "BAT". An orange wire with a brown plug is plugged into one of them, the other one is empty. When I hooked the wire to each one of these that said "BAT" a buzzer went off.
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 9:52 AM
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/170934_83_stereo_1.jpg



My wiring info on your model year isn't very good. I can't track wiring circuits. The above info came from, the12volt.com

I didn't want to use their wiring info and not give them credit.
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 11:47 AM
Tiny
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Thank you!
Any idea what the 3 spots in the fuse box labeled "IGN" & the 2 labeled "BAT" are for?
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 11:54 AM
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If they blank, nothing plugged in, I would think they are extra feed for ignition and bat add-ons. Ignition feed goes hot with the key on and bat feed is hot all the time. If there is another purpose for those feeds, I don't know the reason?
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 12:45 PM
Tiny
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So technically, I should be able to run the red wire from the stereo to one that says "BAT" and run the yellow wire from the stereo to one that says "IGN"?
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 12:50 PM
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If this is a new stereo, the wiring instructions should tell you which wire is which. If the stereo fits your vehicle the connectors should just plug-in. If your trying to hot-wire it, my wiring info isn't good enough. I can't go further.
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 2:01 PM
Tiny
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Yeah, it's a new stereo being put into an old truck. The diagram on the stereo only gives you the details for the wiring on the radio itself. Thanks for all yor help & your quick responses.
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 2:13 PM
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Hi, the web site I mentioned is a stereo site.
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 2:55 PM
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I'll check it out. Thanks Again!
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 3:01 PM

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