I think I'd prefer door speakers over dash speakers if I had to choose.
Ah HA! Interest! I attached a few extra pics, because a lot of folks on here are going "WTF, 8-track?"Pics of said 8 track player?
Wow - I've seen drawings of dudes changing 45's in their drop-top caddillacs...but you've proven the existence of the in-car-45! That's awesome, AitchBoy, how I miss the wow & flutter of the 8 tracks - not. I'm considering upgrading my audio system to the legendary hi-way hi-fi as soon as I can find a really nice unit and figure out a good location under the dash. And then get a good storage system for the bigly inventory of 45's! 😊
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Hey Deerslayer. I started off with an 8-track player and tube amp behind our living room bar, for that 70's look. Bought a big lot of 8-tracks at a junk sale and found out that only about 10% of them will play without breaking or getting eaten. So, there's a BUNCH of info on 8-track forums, and you basically need to rebuild every tape before you insert it. There are cheap kits, and instructions...and once you get good at it, it only takes a few minutes of maintenance per tape to make them great again. The magnetic media (tapes) sound great still...just have to fix the mechanicals.Where are you guys finding tapes that aren't so brittle they shatter as soon as you insert them? I had one in an old Monte Carlo back 30 years ago and even then couldn't find tapes that would run w/o breaking.
Thanks for that link, Enigma. I'll get right on it...soon as I replace the belt on that player!
I really didn't "prove" anything - I merely passed along a bit of (short lived) automotive audio technology. There was also a system (developed for Chrysler) that utilized a 7" disc that played at 16 2/3 RPM. The main problem for that one was the format - not many records were made for that system. And, FWIW, in '59 Cadillac had an optional in dash (CRT) TV.Wow - I've seen drawings of dudes changing 45's in their drop-top caddillacs...but you've proven the existence of the in-car-45! That's awesome, Aitch
What's a matchbook?Don't forget to find a few old used paper matchbook covers, you'll need these to help align the heads, sometimes they try to play across channels. Wedge the matchbook cover into the right spot between tape and opening and it'll straighten right out.
Kids today would flip if they saw how to pull the tape out and let the spool spin and rewind it...
Spark-0-Matic! Yes! Like the equivalent of buying a head unit from Autozone nowLear Jet 8 track baby...
I still have Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin etc on 8 track....
Probably still have 30 of those gems.
Terrible sound reproduction.
I even have a Ford OEM 8 track for my '68 Cali Special Mustang. Not installed. Probably never will.
Don't know why you'd want a shuffle 8...
Wiring is so simple.
Red = +
Black = -
Purple = right channel
Green = left channel
Most 8 tracks had common chassis ground for speakers. (The negative from the speaker connection) Really cheesy.
I also have a Sparkomatic tape unit somewhere (Remember those??)