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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    How did you get power to the mirror? Awesome mod.

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    I haven't successfully installed it yet, but my plan is to use a wired (not wireless) FM modulator. I also have just an AM/FM radio with no cassette in both my cars. I bought the wired FM modulator from Crutchfield. Supposed to be able to plug it in line with the car's antenna. My theory was that it would sound better than the type where you set your radio on 87.5 (or some unused frequency) and the radio picks up the signal out of the air. Like I say, though, I haven't successfully installed it yet, because my radio doesn't work at the moment. But I want to go this route because none of the aftermarket radios I've found so far are anywhere near as cool as the original Delco radio. I really want those clunky radio presets that go SHUNK when you press the button.

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    I bought a wireless on once and after trying it in three different cars I returned it that day. I'm thinking of installing a FM mod in my car with the just AM/FM factory radio. I have an 8 track player now but it doesn't work. My idea is to drill a small hole in the blank spot in the bottom part of the radio where the cassette hole would be and mount a headphone jack in it for mp3 hookup. Without the cassette or 8 track, the radios are almost just a metal case, might even be able to mount the FM mod internally depending on the size of it.

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    My Dad and I took his 66 Impala AM radio to these guys and they turned it into a modern am fm radio. Factory radio modern guts. He added a cd changer in the trunk and I am taking my 8 track for my Caddy to him and he is going to add an MP3 attachment. Well worth the money for the stock look and modern sounds.

    http://www.turnswitch.com/radio1.htm

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    Quote Originally Posted by bicentennialcadillac View Post
    How did you get power to the mirror? Awesome mod.
    Love the mirror - I've been eying this:


    http://www.escortradar.com/img/escort-smartmirror.jpg

    Too bad it's $850 freakin dollars. Waiting for it to come down in price.


    I was ready to take the plunge on the FM modulator too, but while I was picking it up at Best Buy the guy there reminded me it's not intuitive on my Fleetwood - the modulator requires a power source, and if it's going to sit in the trunk I'd have to figure out where to tap in for power. :sigh:

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    Quote Originally Posted by jey View Post
    If I didn't already have a CD player that reads MP3s in my daily driver I would have clicked Buy It Now already. With the 2" screen it's only a matter of time before they release a new one with GPS I would think. I am still waiting for a GPS unit to come out that plugs straight into the 12V socket like that - I know most people hang their GPS on the windshield - am I the only one who doesn't like that look?
    Try these guys. They have a two part system. You buy the holder that fits your device(GPS, IPOD, Phone, etc) and the mount that fits your car. No screws, no holes.

    I have it in my Accord and am waiting till I get my 92 FWB delivered to order one for it.

    http://www.proclipusa.com/

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    Here is another solution. Have not tried though.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-CAR-CASSETTE...ht_3496wt_1204

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    Try SALES@BCCLASSICSANDPERFORMANCE.COM or call 951.686.3929. They are in Riverside CA, and I know they do make the radio your descibing for the caddys of the 60,s. John

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    I have to reply and say a few things:

    The Delco factory radios are WONDERFUL when they are clean and operating correctly. The Delco factory speakers (especially the later Bose ones) are awesome in sound reproduction for a car when the cones are solid. If yours aren't, go junkyarding and find a clean set of speakers and an unmolested factory radio. I've done this for my Torino, got a mono dash speaker from a '77 LTD, 6x9 back deck speakers from a '93 Grand Marquis, and they are clean and have perfect cones and big heavy magnets. I can now hear music clearly over the wind/road/tire/squeaky 34-year old car noises.

    It is not difficult to add an auxiliary input and wire it to the radio's amp to get MP3 functionality. I once owned a 1997 Lumina and I purchased a radio from FleaBay for about $60 that was the same as my stock radio and had a little 3.5mm plug drilled into the face to plug in an MP3 player. This can be done with GM, Chrysler, AMC, and Ford radios easily, and the radio works normally until you plug something into the input jack. Then it plays off that and the volume control still controls the volume level. Very trick. Plenty of how-to's online.

    I'm too cheap to do that again, and I don't want to drill a hole in the face of my radio for the input. So what I use now is fairly simple:

    Stock Ford AM-FM mono radio, $27 shipped from eBay, everything works even the pushbutton presets:


    Chinese knockoff 8GB iPod Nano, 4th gen, black, $15 shipped from eBay, it's got a clunky GUI but it works:


    Griffin iTrip Universal FM transmitter with USB port, $8 shipped from Amazon, you can choose any frequency including Euro even numbers:


    For $50 I have everything I need to listen to anything I want in my car. No cutting, no drilling, and I can charge the player from the iTrip's USB port. The FM transmitter seems to work quite well even though my antenna cable is cut in a couple of places and is merely taped together. There are many radio stations near me so sometimes I have to change the station on the iTrip, but it's easy to do. The USB port is also handy for charging other little things, like our Kodak digital camera, my wife's Blackberry, and my daughter's little flip video camera.

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    I had an iTrip, and it sucked big time.

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    ^ lol has anyone ever had an fm transmitter that didn't suck balls?

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    i got something like this

    in my cig. lighter - so i can charge two things at once!

    also mounted an iphone holder to the left of the radio ... it's just an extension of the finger away from the steering wheel or the gear shifter

    can't really take pictures of it since the iphone is my camera... i guess i could take pictures of the mount setup
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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    I just finished installing a Retrosound Model One v3 radio in my '86 FWB. It gives the dash a nice modern look without over-doing it, since it works with the original woodgrain knobs. Install was fairly easy, though it's amp is too powerful for the stock speakers, and it breaks them up quite easily. Sounds great at a normal volume though, likely even better with new speakers.

    One issue with the v3 radio (which they will likely correct soon, as it was just released) is that it skips the first second of each song when you're using the USB MP3 playback mode. I don't believe the older one (v2) had this issue, but it doesn't have the external USB/Aux/SD card input box, as well as some other features.

    Overall, I'm satisfied with it. Fixed the track skipping issue by adding a 1 second delay to the start of all the songs on the USB drive.

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    Re: Retro radio, todays features - yesterdays look

    I want to put one in my 84 DeVille.. can you post a picture of how it looks?

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    Blends in quite nicely I think

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