On Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:42:50 -0000 (UTC), HerHusband
I dont understand the need for a remote control either. I just hope if
it comes with a remote, it dont lack the controls on the stereo itself
like a lot of tvs do these days. If I misplace my tv remote, all I can
do is turn it on and off from the set itself. Cant change volume or
channels or anything else. Real annoying....
I have about 5gb of songs stored on my computer, and copied to another
portable drive (backup). That is a lot of music. I have not heard all of
them. So, a 4gb flash drive would work just fine. I have another 1gb of
music I ripped from my own CDs as a backup, but they are not in MP3. But
as soon as I get software to convert them, I can add those too. Either
way, one 8 or 16gb flash drive will hold everything I own, and still
have room to spare.
One of these days I might get a new Tracfone, but I am not looking
forward to that day, when I will have to retype about 260 contacts from
my contact list. Otherwise I may have replaced that phone already, since
most of the numbers are worn off the keys and I've had to replace the
battery twice now, and the battery costs as much as a new flip phone.
As far as getting more features, I dont need them, and probably dont
even want to have to learn them. Just like computers, all they keep
doing is making them harder to use, yet add nothing useful, which is why
I stick with Windows XP, and have no intention to upgrade.
I missed the original posting....
Years ago when stores started advertsing player for CDs and MP3s, I got
one and it never worked for me. Ended up using Nero to convert MP3 to
audio format and burning on CDs. That's still the easiest way for me.
Do you have links for any of these? I haven't seen anything (in the single
DIN format) in the last 5 years or so that didn't use a knob for the volume
control. Except maybe for some budget off brands.
Then again, I haven't really been looking very much.
On Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:56:49 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
The bluetooth on the radio allows it to link with your phone. You can
make phone calls using the radio speakers, mute the music
automatically etc and most will allow you to play music from the phone
through the radio speakers. With a smart phone that could also be
Pandora or I heart radio.
On Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11:35:48 AM UTC-4, HerHusband wrote:
That reminds me of the time I tried to replace the mono radio in my 1966
lay-down Rambler with an after-market stereo AM/FM/Cassette unit.
Imagine my surprise when I opened up the dashboard and found that AMC had
used a radio with the face on the "bottom" and installed the radio "standing
up". Let's call it a vertical radio instead of your standard horizontal
In the image below you can see the radio with the round AC vents right
above it. The AC ductwork ran up behind the radio and there was no room
for a horizontal radio.
AMC was notorious for following the advice of Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak
Ridge: Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.
I worked as a car stereo installer back in the late 80's or early 90's. I
saw a lot of weird radio configurations, but that's one I never saw before.
On Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:18:44 -0000 (UTC), HerHusband
There was some sort of car radio from wayyyyy back, that had the
amplifier portion of the radio separate from the tuner. This was a tube
set, and probably from the 50s or early 60s.
When I was in my teens, I belonged to a group of kids that liked
electronics, and the old guy who ran the group was a Ham Oprerator and
he had piles of old radios, tvs and other gear. I remember asking him
about that unusual radio, but I dont recall what kind of car it was
I never saw a two part radio like that, but I did pull out a few tube
tuners. Big heavy boat anchors. :)
Back then the "standard" radio opening had a hole on each side for the
volume and tuner knobs and a smaller rectangular opening for the radio
dial. Installing a modern stereo in those cars meant cutting sheet metal.
Today I think you can buy "retro" radios that will fit the old openings
without cutting metal. New electronics in the old format.
Honestly, I haven't kept up with current car stereo's. The last stereo I
bought was over 15 years ago. :)
On Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:09:33 -0000 (UTC), HerHusband
The last car stereo I bought was probably more like 40 years ago. In
fact back in the mid 70's I briefly worked for CB radio store and
installed them in cars, but several times I had to install car stereos
too. But they were like you describe, "a hole on each side for the
volume and tuner knobs and a smaller rectangular opening for the radio
dial." Besides a CB, I bought a car stereo from my boss at cost back
I've learned a lot from this thread and from following up by looking at
this stuff in the stores and online. It's a whole different world when
it comes to them now.....
Thank God the old days of cutting sheet metal are gone.... Of course
dashboards are no longer made of metal anyhow.... And all that wire
splicing and soldering was a major pain back then....
On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 12:18:58 AM UTC-4, HerHusband wrote:
I ended up mounting an under-dash Pioneer Super Tuner with a Y-cable for
the antenna and a switch to transfer the speakers between the deck and the
OEM Radio. The Pioneer did not have station presets or AM. My dad drove the
Rambler sometimes and he preferred the simplicity of the OEM radio. In
addition, AM was the only place to listen to sports back then so I used
Are you old enough to remember these?
On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 8:30:37 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
AMC used a lot weird stuff. I was never sure if they designed their
vehicles around other manufacturer's parts or if they designed their
vehicles first and then found parts to fit ;-)
If I recall correctly, there was more than one starter listed for my '66
Ambassador 990, each with a different bolt pattern.
My favorite: The vacuum booster pump cap for the fuel pump to keep the
windshield wiper speed fairly constant while accelerating. My booster pump
died so I just bypassed it. Getting on the expressway during a rainstorm
was always an adventure. Thank God for Rain-X!
For a while the family ride was a '62 Rambler Classic and that's what I
did most of my learning to drive on. My father had fallen for George
Romney's practical car pitch and that it had 15" wheels when the
industry was going to 14's. Never cared much for Romney's after that
trauma. I was happy when it was replaced by a '65 Dodge although I would
have been a lot happier with a '65 Mustang.
On Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:32:10 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
I had a couple AMCs, a 72 Jeep when they owned the brand and a 71
Gremlin, I got as a gift (AKA broke down in my driveway and
abandoned). The Gremlin had that 232ci 6 that fouled the #5 plug about
every 2000 miles. You could just clean it and put it right back in. A
new one fouled just about as fast. I got to the point where I could
swap the plug at a long light. I kept a handful in the glove
compartment. It was basically a POS car but I still put 50,000 miles
on it and sold it for $500. I tossed the factory radio right away and
put in a JIL AM/FM/8 track, CB.
I do think they cobbled together a lot of off the shelf parts. The
transmission was a Borg Warner, Ignition was Delco but the engines
On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 10:06:10 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
This isn't mine, but it's the same car, same color:
My favorite feature was the "Lay Down Rambler" seats. Again, not my car.
Delbert McClinton B-Movie Boxcar Blues
Next I caught a ride with a gambler's wife
She had a brand new lay down Rambler
She parked outside of town
And laid the rambler down
And said she sure could dig it if I rode her
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