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Old 08-16-2011, 08:33 AM   #1
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Default Feel the Power of the 45...



Ryan's post on steering wheel clocks was linked to the website of a vintage Mopar nut who also had a page on under dash 45 players. I know they've been talked about before, and in...

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Old 08-16-2011, 08:40 AM   #2
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I had one of those in my 59 Impala, back in high school in 67.....Wish I still had both of them...those record players are going for big bucks on the bay.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:48 AM   #3
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

how about the jerkoff who "found" one on that desert car kings show. and then like drywall screwed and duct taped it into his chevy S-10 turd......
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:54 AM   #4
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

Had one in my 60 Impala in the late 60's. Some turd ripped it off with all my 45's. Also had a 4 track tape player for awhile.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:08 AM   #5
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Is that a young Lawrence Welk, sportin' the plaid shirt in the last photo ?
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:08 AM   #6
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

As an avid vinyl collector, I have always loved this idea... however, innovation in technology has served me better in the scorching southern AZ heat. I'm keeping my records in the house.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:16 AM   #7
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As an avid vinyl collector, I have always loved this idea... however, innovation in technology has served me better in the scorching southern AZ heat. I'm keeping my records in the house.
I lived in Yuma (Kofa High one of my 6 high schools in 4 years) and had a plastic box, Some kind of tupper ware, that I would put ice in the bottom, cover with a thick towel and layed the 45's on top. but I still have some warped records,
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:28 AM   #8
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

Showed my kids what records were and they were amazed at how a turntable worked...the main thing I miss about vinyl were the album covers...some of the
artwork was incredible...it's just not the same when it's in the little jewel box that cd's come in (that is when you buy a cd instead of just downloading the music)
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:35 AM   #9
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

As an avid antique radio collector,I have owned several of the Muntz units.Madman Muntz built 45 players,the first 4 track and 8 track players for cars,and was one of the first to sell home video.He was also the first big seller of cell phones in SoCal.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:05 AM   #10
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He also produced the "Muntz Jet".
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:57 AM   #11
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

Especially with Vinyl being the fastest-growing music format in the U.S.:

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Old 08-16-2011, 11:50 AM   #12
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You are correct, sir!

Bring on the tiny bubbles!
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:00 PM   #13
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

Very cool stuff!!

From my limited knowledge of these, some play from the underside and some from above...evidently many of the latter style (needle pointing down) have a pretty heavy tonearm to minimize skipping...they can be pretty harsh on the groove.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:55 PM   #14
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

Those things are awesome. I have one of the first indoor 45 players, but it's not the same. (Partly 'cause it doesn't work right now!)

You know who definitely has one of these in his car? Lee Pratt; he has one in his '49 Ford.

Total inspiration, but I have heard that they're tough on the records.
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:05 PM   #15
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

I had to laugh a few months ago when my girlfriend pickup up a 45 in an antique store, looked at it very quizically and wondered aloud how something that size would fit into a C.D. changer!
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:32 PM   #16
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

This even pre-dates me. I can't think about hotrods and records without thinking of my buddy Charlie Walters. He had a super straight 34 3W 283 PG. When we backed into the parking space at the Mo he'd roll down the rear window and lay his crank phonograph on the package tray and the panel above the rumble seat. Wind it up and put on some Elvis. Teenagers have to have R&R tunes.

The record players were mainly for parking. The needle would bounce and scratch the record if you tried to use it while driving.

I had a 4 track tape player which was a big upgrade over the phonograph but the tapes were a PITA. The 8 track was even better.
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:46 PM   #17
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

in the late 60s we had an inverter and a reel to reel tape deck, house type preamp, amp, and speakers in the station wagon, when we went on trips.

Times have changed, it's hard to tell if it's for the better. Used to be AM radio was pretty good to listen to, so we didn't need record players or tapes or whatnot.
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:54 PM   #18
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pretty cool, if funds allow it...one of my bucket list cars is to recreate my grandpa's high school car. 1961 Pontaic Catalina 389 with tri power, jardine headers, set up in '61-'62 as a high school kids street/strip car in so cal. He had told me that he used to take his 45 player out when he took his car to Pomona to save some weight haha.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:16 PM   #19
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Default Re: Feel the Power of the 45...

Keep an eye out for the records too. The big companies put out vinyl like 'Sounds of the Thunderbird' (something like that). They were meant to go with specific models for music to drive by, and help with sales. :-)

Some of the players that were available as accessories from the dealer only played vinyl specifically made for them. The albums looked like 45s, but were designed differently with deeper grooves and playtimes that would better withstand the mobile environment.

When my '46 Chevy truck nears completion I'm going to try to find a player for it. I think vinyl is the only way to go for the best in quality sound . . . even though these players aren't reproducing a super high quality sound, they are still just too cool for school.
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You are correct, sir!

Bring on the tiny bubbles!
Medium to large size bubbles. Don Ho had the TINY bubbles.
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