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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Haven't seen an 8 track version, but I do remember cassette to 8 track adapters. That's funny. As you were ...
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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    Haven't seen an 8 track version, but I do remember cassette to 8 track adapters.
    That's funny. As you were typing that I was looking at them on ebay. I wonder how it would sound after all that transferring. My radio's on the fritz anyway, I don't think it's got much longer.

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    So I found an adapter like the one Jay posted on eBay, and it says it only supports cards up to 2gb? Is that true? Or do they make others that support larger? 2gb music is like... not even 30% of my music.

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    The biggest card I have is 2gb, so I can't try bigger. Just buy a pack of 2gb cards and make some mixes. You can put around 500 songs on 2gb...

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    True, but that's something I'd have a high probability of losing.

    How's the audio quality with them? Some people have also said that the thing will randomly stop a song and play it over, and that there's no shuffle. Confirmation?

    I mean, it's $6 on eBay, so if it works, I'd be pleased.

    Guess I need to find some 2gb cards. lol

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    How's the audio quality with them? Some people have also said that the thing will randomly stop a song and play it over, and that there's no shuffle.
    Quality is as good as a tape, but with no hiss because the heads are making direct contact. Mine doesn't stop randomly. There is no shuffle - it plays the files in the order you load them. Load them up "shuffled". Pressing fast forward on your tape deck selects the next song. You may have to jiggle it around a little to get the heads to line up when you put the cassette in. Mine only played out of the right channel when I first used it, but by wiggling it it came out in stereo.

    I picked a seller that shipped direct from Hong Kong, and it was fast and dirt cheap. It included a 2GB card, as well!

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    Quote Originally Posted by Bro-Ham View Post
    Wow! I don't have a cassette or an 8-track - - just AM/FM. Here are some pix of the solution in my car. Got it on ebay shipped from taiwan for $20 or so. The SD card plugs in the bottom or I could plug in an i-pod (if I had one...). Tune in an unused FM station and it broadcasts on the selected frequency. It has a mini LCD screen that displays song titles, etc. Even displays pictures! There is a mini remote control, not pictured, that operates everything. There are also controls on the device but I only use the remote. All of my CD's and i-tunes (I do have i-tunes but no i-pod!) are on that SD so I can listen on long trips to all my favorite music. These pictures were taken a few minutes ago in the dark. Dave
    Dave,

    I could be wrong, but isn't that black panel that makes up the lower half of your radio the door to the 8-track? I seem to remember it being that way from my aunt's '79 FWB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77CDV View Post
    Dave,

    I could be wrong, but isn't that black panel that makes up the lower half of your radio the door to the 8-track? I seem to remember it being that way from my aunt's '79 FWB.

    Craig
    Hey Craig,

    You're getting me excited - I love 8-tracks! My car only has the standard AM/FM stereo - no tape player.

    Dave

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    That's pretty good Jay. I think when I order mine I'll try it with my 16gb card anyway, just to see, because maybe it only says it supports 2gb because that's all they've tried it with.

    Can't hurt to try anyway.

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    I tried to go the whole CD player, with the cassette adapter route, but it didn't work out for me. I got tired of the snake of wires running all over my passenger seat, having to hide it all in the glove box before I got out, and not being able to use the passenger door (the Walkman was plugged into the Cigar lighter on the door, because my cell phone lives in the ash tray). Finally I said "Screw it. This Cadillac was built in 1989, and when people walk by and look in the windows, I want them to know that my car never made it out of the '80's." So I replaced every one of my CD's with cassette tapes.


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    Sven, That's classic! Although in a period Cadillac some grocery store music cassette tapes may look a bit more appropriate. I added a hard wired additional cigar lighter plug-in under the dash in my car for the times I need a cell phone plug in and then my zany MP3 player stays upstairs plugged into the lighter so I can hear my favorite sounds. I have to admit if I had an 8-track or cassette player in my car I'd do it just the way you are doing it! I love car people who have fun!

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    I don't think I'd be able to FIND many cassettes of what I listen to. And I don't have a tape deck to like, make them. lol Boo

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    Quote Originally Posted by Stingroo View Post
    You're in luck (possibly). If you use the Make and Model selector, Cadillac returns nothing.

    But just on a hunch, I clicked Chevrolet. And for some reason, CADILLAC came up under Chevrolet.

    And here's a radio for 73-89's.

    link

    Too bad it's $300. And I've got no idea about euro radios, but at least it exists.
    vintage car radio is worth looking into, you'll have to google it i can't post a link for it, but these guys have quite a few generic radios to choose from, and it looks like they can make any of them fit if you send them the dimensions of your openings.

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    Custom Autosound is another choice for vintage-style radios...

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    This place will restore your original radio and add a USB port for you. But sit down...it was about $600

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    There's a place that will take your original radio and add an input jack that uses the cassette amp. They advertise on ebay, and will do the mod for only 60 bucks. I'll see if I can find their email address...

    Found it: johnnguyen321@gmail.com

    Ebay ID is factoryradios

    Here's one of their auctions for a Cadillac cassette with an input added.

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