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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by LowKat, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. The inside of my '51 is nearly all stock except for the added on Chevy heater and some older style gauges.

    I wanted a CD player / FM radio but didn't want a black box with digital lights and no control knobs hanging under the dash. Also didn't want to take up space in the glove box.

    So, bought an ol' chrome Montgomery Wards 4 & 8 track tape player at a garage sale for $1. Then gutted it out and made the face hinged. Since the control knobs were attached to the mechanism inside they needed to be screwed on from the back of the face, to make the front appear stock.

    Then the Pioneer Supertuner slid inside. It was a tight fit and I had to grind a couple 'nubs' sticking out from the side of the case.

    On a funny note I had my friend over that saw the 8 track sitting on my workbench a couple weeks ago and wondered what I was doing with it. Told him it was going in my truck. He said "where ya gonna get tapes" I told him "I don't need any"

    Yesterday he came over and I turned it on and said "listen to the old 8 track" He says it sounds great and then takes a look with the reply "Hey wait a minute, there's no tape in that thing"

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  2. I don't have a glove box anymore = (
  3. lodaddyo
    Joined: May 5, 2002
    Posts: 1,195


    looks good man. neat idea

  4. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,984

    from California

    neat idea.

    is that in a solid box? I might be concerned about heat and maybe drill some holes in it.
  5. bigs merc
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 183

    bigs merc

    Looks nice. I might have to try something like that lol
  6. ...doc...
    Joined: Feb 18, 2007
    Posts: 755

    from Houston

    great idea, find some lame 8 track tape, and cut it and fit it in there, so it looks like an 8 track is playing.
  7. Pete1930
    Joined: May 5, 2006
    Posts: 322

    from Boston

    That's a hell of an idea. If you could squeeze a few 4" round speakers in the back of the box, or something, you could have a whole self-contained system, without wires and speakers mounted in the cab. I like no clutter.


  8. ccain
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 430


    That is very cool!
  9. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    Great Idea!!! I was trying to figure out what to do for a modern sound system in my 68 Galaxie convert. Thanks for the inspiration! I had the same idea as you ...doc... cut up an old 8 track and epoxy it to the front so it looks ike one is in the unit.

    This would have made a great article for "Tech Week"!
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2009
  10. Double Caddy
    Joined: Feb 2, 2009
    Posts: 689

    Double Caddy
    from virginia

    That looks great.
  11. greasy50chevy
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 547


    ive seen a tissue box turned into a cd player before
  12. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,744


    cool...what did you use for a hinge?
  14. The whole backside is open and there's a few factory holes in the case. Also has about a 1/4" air gap above and below the CD player. I've given it the 24 hour 'acid test' sitting on the garage floor and nothing was any warmer than normal.

    Yea, I'm on the prowl for some Slim Whitman. I'll check Craigslist for some free ones.. No telling what could turn up there.

    The hinge was in my 'used hinge drawer' but I think it was from a mobile home (reversible). You could probably get something for a cabinet door that's even spring loaded. I slightly bent the hinge so it has some resistance to hold the face in any position and hold it closed. I had to trim down one side of the hinge to make it the same width as the 8 track face.
  15. Thats a great ideal. Really cool. I bought a 8 track player for my 24 truck and found a few tapes but I like your idea a lot better then just listening to the old tapes.
    Thanks for the pics.
  16. Joe T Creep
    Joined: Jan 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,145

    Joe T Creep
    Member Emeritus

    Great idea. I love things like this!
  17. frankenstein1948
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 713


  18. Brilliant, well done !! :D
  19. 35mastr
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,899

    from Norcal

    You will never have to worry about your radio being ripped off. Very cool idea.
  20. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With

    What a fix. Thats some powerful thinking there and end results cool as hell.
    Joined: Apr 6, 2008
    Posts: 825


    It would be equally cool as a working 8 track.
  22. very cool......but Im still runnin alotta 8 tracks........this idea could really catch on
  23. fastrnu
    Joined: Feb 26, 2009
    Posts: 739

    from shelton,wa

    now THATS cookin with crisco!
  24. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,656

    from ohio

    this is a neat idea but isn't having an eight track player in a '50s car just as bad as a cd player?? i could see in a camaro or corvette...
  25. Bettlejuice
    Joined: Apr 27, 2009
    Posts: 481

    from WV

    9 times outta 10 it's just a broken belt... I fixed one up for my Mustang and didn't have a belt that fit, so I just used a bigass rubber band as a temporary fix. Sold the car, kept the 8-track, still works! I have crates of tapes, go to secondhand stores and you can buy 'em by the gross for like a quarter. I found a big box of Johnny Cash, Elvis, Jerry Lee, etc. tapes for $2.00. Have a bunch of cool mid-70's stuff too. Sometime you gotta replace the foam in the tapes, if you push on it and it doesn't spring back into place it needs replaced.
  26. That would be cool but lots of the music I like is obscure. I have thousands of MP3's and make my own 'road tunes' with 3 times the music on one CD that an 8 track will hold.

    8 tracks came out in 1964...
    My add-on gauges are about the same era, so I can live with it. It's still better than having a black plastic digital box that somebody will break out your window to steal. If you want CD and FM capability what's the alternative that doesn't cost a few hundred bucks?

    If somebody bitches too much about it to me in person, I'll probably poke 'em in the eye, then escort them back to their GEO Metro, Honda Element or Scion.
  27. Bettlejuice
    Joined: Apr 27, 2009
    Posts: 481

    from WV

    Hey now, you can listen to your MP3 player through an 8-track player... No shittin'! They made 8-track to cassette adapters, get yourself one of those (I got mine off EBay, I think I paid a pretty hefty price of $10). I'm probably one of the 143 Americans that still has a dual cassette deck in their home theater, so I could transfer CD's easy... All you gotta do is get yerself one of the adapters, then get one of those cassette adapters with a headphone plug, and there ya go!
  28. Rudy J
    Joined: Sep 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,485

    Rudy J
    1. Austin HAMB'ers

    Thats cool. . .

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