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Old 12-29-2014, 07:14 PM   #15
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The 43 year old speakers are probably rotten, too. The paper comes and rubber surrounds have most likely "perished".
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:29 PM   #16
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On another note, i got the credenza tambour door open and I found a personal massager (woo hoo!) and some supplements from November 1971 National Geographic.
Looks more like a time capsule than an RV

You need to check out some new hardware, regardless of the wiring, which wouldn't hurt to replace either; probably corroded. Just replace it all and if funding is an issue, get a decent head unit and moderately priced speakers now. You can upgrade later.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:19 PM   #17
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I'm sure the speakers are no good. I'll find something to replace them and a decent head unit. I don't expect great sound, but I do have a 4 channel amp that I'm thinking about using.
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:17 AM   #18
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The radio is worth a quick look. That era has far better tuning on AM for example and Motorola is a very solid brand. It's a keeper IMO.


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Old 12-30-2014, 07:21 AM   #19
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Wish I had known there are still folks using 8-tracks. I would have kept all my old tapes.

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That's what I'm going to do, I was just hoping I would hear something so I can say that part of the wiring is functioning.
Craig - if that's the way you're going to go, then go with Woody's in Costa Mesa, or one of the other vintage looking units sold by the vendors in the classic cars magazines & online - based on what looks right to the OE Mororola. He sells speakers too, but get the antenna from VTS as I said above, so it looks like the OE AS one - but keep the original if it still works, since it's probably better made back then.

Do NOT get rid of the originals though, cuz the vintage trailer crowd values them & they can be restored - even the idler wheel & drive band/belt on the 8-track! Plus they make 8-track cassette looking inserts which then will run the modern stuff off a usb, 3.5mm or other jacks, or else the backside connected ones that Woody's sells.

Slowmover - I also like to have REAL dials for volume & tuning in my cars that I can use without taking my eyes off the road to watch a dang touchscreen, like all the new cars have today. A safety/driver distraction hazard IMHO - aside from the text & other on-screen control distractions!

Perry - saved all of my 8-tracks & still have an old shelf unit under my home office desk that can play them - but I don't, figuring the old magnetic material on the tapes might have ONE play to try to transfer them to a new cassette &/or digital format!

I'll have my original `72-ish VW/Motorola combo AM/FM/8-track refurb'ed & put back into my `73 914-2.0 at the end of the resto, & plan to have something for continuous play at car shows - whether an 8-track, look-alike digital insert, or back of the unit digital add-on! Gotta keep it looking period correct!

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Old 12-30-2014, 01:48 PM   #21
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Wish I had known there are still folks using 8-tracks. I would have kept all my old tapes.

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They wouldn't work anymore- the cellophane tape that holds the 8-track tape loop together gives up after 40 years and the audio tape comes unravelled. Leave it in there for retro looks, but get a Bluetooth device for pumping iPod and Pandora through the new speakers you will need also.
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I'll see what Woodys can do. If they can integrate an iPod connection plug then I'll leave them where they belong. It would be so much easier to leave them. I wouldn't have to fabricate a new front panel for a head unit to mount to.

Well, I got the 'entertainment center' down. What I found was the fuse to the radio portion was missing. No wonder I got no lights or sound.

And the 2 rockers? They were wired to the speakers. It looks like you could control if you wanted the front, rear, or all four speakers playing. Snazzy.
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On my motorcycle I have a Bluetooth receiver that is one knob- one hole to drill- it does power, volume, previous and next track. You will need a separate amplifier. I have a small Alpine 90 watt per channel amp on the bike. You gotta replace them 40 year old speakers anyway. I have Rockford Fosgate 6 3/4" coaxials on the bike.
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I still have the original antenna attached to the AS. It could use a new rubber gasket on the outside though.

If I could do it, I'd have the 8 track disabled and have a iPod connector or Bluetooth module attached to the Motorola am/fm receiver. Right now there is a wire with a plug going from the 8 track to the am/fm. I guess they were supposed to be used as a pair.
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And the 2 rockers? They were wired to the speakers. It looks like you could control if you wanted the front, rear, or all four speakers playing. Snazzy.
So I was right then, back in post #9
Looks like something I used to do in my '58 Chevy for the front/rear speakers. That was back when I was 'cool'. Now... I'm still cool, just don't look like it anymore

Glad you found the answer.
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Yep, you were right

In looking at the picture of the pair, I can't separate them because the Balance and the Bass/Treble are located on the 8 track. It'll probably be better to buy a new old looking unit than to pay for the 8 track and the am/fm to be fixed.
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