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Old 03-07-2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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I would like to have a working Motorola 8 Track tape player am/fm head unit for my '76 Excella, does anyone have one they want to get rid of? The radio works in mine but not the 8 trk tape which is what I want to work, could be the motor drive belt, not sure yet, but I thought I'd ask if anyone has one lying around that they have removed and want to get rid of. Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2009, 07:37 AM   #2
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It would be worth checking that drive belt , they are still available at repair shops .
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Ours had one in it when we bought it...and I thought about that space being more useful so we took it out, clipped all the wires and taped them for later upgrades ...I held on to the tape player for a long time...then one day ditched it during a spring cleaning session...and it worked! sorry but you will find a repair for the one you have I bet.
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Almost certainly the drive belt. But if you want another one they still turn up at yard sales and thrift stores.

No doubt Ebay has them every week.
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I would like to have a working Motorola 8 Track tape player am/fm head unit for my '76 Excella, does anyone have one they want to get rid of? The radio works in mine but not the 8 trk tape which is what I want to work, could be the motor drive belt, not sure yet, but I thought I'd ask if anyone has one lying around that they have removed and want to get rid of. Thanks!
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We have one taken from a 72 Excella 500. I will send photos if you are still interested.
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Yes, Boss, still interested! Thanks!
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We still have the original 8 track in our 1983 Sovereign. Tried several 8 tracks in it last summer and it worked fine. I plan on replacing it this spring. Let me know if other options don't work out for you.
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Old 03-08-2009, 05:49 PM   #8
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Hey Thanks 310, a little newer model might be good, less use and all, let me know when you are able to pull it, thanks again!
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Should be within the next 3 weeks or so. Depends on the weather. I'll let you know.


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a new belt and a good cleaning will probably get the player goin. The tapes however will probably need more help...the metalic splice is the weak link and will probably wind your favorite K C and the Sunshine Band 8 track around the spindle. ask me how I know..
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8 Track Heaven, all you ever wanted to know about 8 track tapes and tape players and then some.

Welcome to 8-track Heaven!
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8 Track Heaven, all you ever wanted to know about 8 track tapes and tape players and then some.

Welcome to 8-track Heaven!
Great site , but dangerous . I now have a few hundred tapes waiting for repair. Between them and numerous other projects I am waaaay past running out of storage space.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:26 PM   #13
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Thanks All for the Help! And, ESPECIALLY THANKS to 310 Rick for the "new" Motorola 8 track! We wired it up today and it works great. I am in the process of finishing a new cabinet for it now.
One more question, the old unit had a ground humm and this one does as well, does anyone have any simple solutions for isolating the humm?
Thanks again to everyone! This is a great site.
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I have the original cassette/radion in my 73 Soverign. Looking to replace with a new unit. Any suggestions or advice?
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