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Followed Ryan's lead! Added a stereo in the Merc!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bad Bob, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. After reading Ryans thread about putting music in his Sedan,I decided to do it to my Merc,before I went on the cruise down Colorado Blvd,last Sunday.
    First I bought a used Ipod nano from a guy at work,$20. Got me a 200w,2 channel amp,$50(under the drivers seat). 500w woofer,$100(sitting on the back seat). Two 3 1/2",120w tweeter/midrange speakers for the dash,$22(in the dash). Monster cable with RCA jacks and Ipod hookup,Radio Shack,$25. Last was a 1950's suitcase to put the rear speaker in,$50.


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  2. Oh yeah. I put my mom's old Gardening Hat over the speaker,so you couldn't see the speaker.
  3. resqd37Zep
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,217

    from Nor Cal

    So whats on the playlist? Might I suggest a little Stevie Ray Vaughn for the ride there and a little Hendrix for the ride home. :D Keep cruising man.
  4. SUCIO
    Joined: Jan 5, 2010
    Posts: 109


    This looks really clean! I had to do a double take to realize what you did.
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  5. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,206

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Nice! Cool idea with the suitcase.
  6. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,670


    Very stealthy bob!
  7. So far...
    American Graffitti soundtrack
    Brian Setzer-"49 mercury Blues" (of course)
    Best of- Roy Orbison
    Best of- Stray Cats
    Best of- Johnny Cash
    best of- Chuck Berry
    Best of- Little Richard
    Favorite Elvis songs-"Love Me","Jailhouse Rock","Don't Be Cruel".
    Loyd Price-"Just Because"
    Eddy Cochran-"Summertime Blues","Somethin Else"
    Richie Valens-"Rip It Up", "La Bamba","Donna"
    Dion-"Runaround Sue","Wanderer"

    I'm still looking for more of my favorites from when I was a kid. Just Cruisin music. I don't want anything else on it. I love all kinds of music(except RAP shit!) but I just wanted the stuff I used to hear as a kid. there's NO big bass sound,unless the recording has it on it. Sounds like an old radio,but crisper.
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  8. The woofer was formerly a "BASS BOX" my son played all his stupid shit through! I cut the face off so I could sandwich the lid,for better support. Hated to cut up such a nice,vintage suitcase,but that's the look I was going for. I even put some of my vintage travel stickers on it!
  9. travisfromkansas
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,706

    from Gypsum, KS

    Very nicely done, I was thinking of a cool way to display my audio in the trunk, may have to borrow your idea!
  10. I plan on doing a similar set up in the '38 Pick-up. I have two really nice Drive-in speakers that sound great,that will be mounted in the rear corners of the cab. The volume knobs still work too!
  11. Looks good.........
  12. I was at a Good Guys/Del Mar show a few years back and a guy with a Conv. 47-48 Buick had all his amps,speakers,CD changer,in some fancy,leather suitcases in the trunk. Looked great,but TOO snazzy for me.
  13. von zipper
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,005

    von zipper

    I bet that makes the hat dance!!!
  14. I did the ipod deal in my 64 belair ash tray. I turned the ashtray knob into the volume knob. Everything tucks into the ashtray when not in use. Thanks HAMB!
  15. Did I sounds GREAT!!!!!
  16. Way cool idea on the suitcase Bob!
  17. Thanks Farmer...
  18. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 11,210


    Very kool post and purrfect timing. I'm in the same boat, it is time to add a stero to my
    Merc. I was going to go back and find the post on what I need to do. I'll just do what I
    can do be like Bob.... Looks good!!

    Happy Trails, Mick
  19. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 41,340


    Actually Dylan would get you there and back with a little steppen wolf and jefferson airplane thrown in for good measure. :D

    I personally think that tunes and a cruiser go hand in hand. I have some of the stuff collected but haven't decided what is a good home for it yet. Decisions Decisions. :eek:

    Love the suitcase speaker box by the way.
  20. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,219


    Gotta add some Link Wray if you heard him back then.
    Also, grab a guitar jack so you can plug/unplug the suitcase.
  21. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,008


    Very neat idea Bob !..I am very new to the music as a computer file thing but I got an i-phone 4 through work, that I am gonna start putting tunes on...I should be able to do something similar with that?
  22. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,999

    Stevie Nash

    Would that be traditional? :eek:
  23. psychopathic51
    Joined: Nov 6, 2005
    Posts: 63


    Or you could use an RCA jack like that connects to the output side of the amp and just run RCA cables back to the suit case and add a RCA port to the suit case so you could unplugg it and remove it if needed. Would be a quick and easy way to make it removable and not have to mess with the sping clips and wires on a typical speaker box. Just a thought.
  24. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    I hid mine behind the speaker grill

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  25. I like the idea of a removable speaker hidden in the suitcase, then for shows you could unplug it.
  26. dullchrome
    Joined: Jan 15, 2009
    Posts: 987

    from SoCal

    What happens when you have people in the back seat? Does someone have a suitcase on their lap?
  27. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,928

    51 mercules

    I like the suitcase idea.That's cool that you some music now, so when you run out of gas you have something to listen to.LOL!
  28. I rarely ever have someone in the front seat! I set it up so it can just be unplugged.
  29. hahahaha! I'm set for life then!!!!! But,I won't be able to hear it in the tow truck...
  30. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,735


    Great job Bob. Never leave home without my tunes, however, I get my music from Itunes and burn CD's. The Pontiac has satellite radio but the subscription ran out.

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