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Topic: What was your first car stereo system?

Posted By: boulderguy
Subject: What was your first car stereo system?
Date Posted: July 14, 2005 at 7:05 PM

This outta be good...

My first system reeked of quality, both equipment & install ability...

1986 - Pyramid dual-stem tape deck & EQ with graphic analyzer (cool lites!)...Linear Power 50Wx2 amp...2 pairs Jensen 6x9's, one pair in pre-built boxes hanging along the sides of the rear seats from string, the other pair wedged between the rear deck & rear window (no boxes!)...All power wires were 16g speaker wire tapped into who knows what, stripped with my teeth & connected with wire nuts.  Loud as hell, stupid as hell.

Can anyone top that?



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Posted By: Optik
Date Posted: July 14, 2005 at 9:48 PM

My first system, It was in a '87 Ford Ranger Standard cab. It started out with a Sony HU cant remember the model #

Had pioneer two ways in the dash since thats all the truck had for speaker placement. I had two MTX 12's in seperate boxes that me and a friend built thinking we knew what we were doing. The boxes had major gaps and filled with silicone. Had a cheap Jensen 300W running to them. After hearing the quality of sound I decided not to try putting 2 12's in a Ranger. I went and bought two 8 inch MTX in a truck box. (FIT PERFECTLY) had a MTX three way crossover and i think a 450W or something MTX amp. replaced the dash speakers with some better pioneers and had a friend that knew what he was doing do some kicks for me After all the screw ups It sounded pretty darn good.





Posted By: auex
Date Posted: July 14, 2005 at 9:55 PM
I am ashamed to say it was a cheapo $99 sony cd player. I miss my 1977 Ford LTD. But I made up for it with my first sub, RF 18.

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Posted By: TruckSystem
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 8:15 AM
Back in 1997 I got an old truck with no stereo, so a couple days later I picked up a pair of $99 special MTX 8" Road Thunders in the small truck boxes (you know the ones everyone seems to start with) running off a $220 Aura Force 400Q, pair relatively inexpensive Pioneer 5.25s in my doors running off a $200 Pioneer DEH-1000 I believe it was, they gave me a new Pioneer DEH-3100 once that 1000 took a dump on me about 6 months later, lost my 2 Live Crew CD that wayposted_image. Learned through trial and error to install it all myself, didn't come out too bad. Bought a 1000w Pyramid flea market amp for the subs at one point which later got stolen, I am almost glad it did. Was all in a rusty 1984 Chevrolet Silverado with 33" tires and an old V8, damn was that truck fun.

Second truck (1977 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe)had the deck and door speakers migrate to it. Used a Lanzar Vibe 250 for the subs and my now old Aura for the doors. A year later I blew up the 454 racing a pair of Corvettes down the interstate and the truck now sits in my garage awaiting money to restore or a buyer.

I bought my current truck a year later and installed all the stuff in my sig over the coarse of about 6 months, that's pretty much my complete car audio history. Yes I am bored at work.

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Posted By: Customautomotiv
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 12:31 PM
Back in the day (1991) I had a 1984 mazda 626 running 2 10 inch cadence free subs (which i still have to this day), altec lansing mids and tweets, jbl and alpine amps.........sounded pretty good too......




Posted By: Customautomotiv
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 12:32 PM

that was suppose to say free air subs....not free...lmao...i payed enough for those back then!





Posted By: boulderguy
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 12:57 PM
I still have my first SS amp, A100.  Haven't used it in forever, but would hurt too much to sell it for $80 on Ebay...How do we get so attached to this stuff?

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Posted By: Asmodeus
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 1:37 PM

Two 8" ESX subs in sealed truck boxes....A Planet Audio 400 Watt 2 channel Amp....And a JVC Cd player....

Had it in a 87 Ford Ranger P.O.S.

For my first system it was pretty damn good.....



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Posted By: Francious70
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 2:03 PM
Depends on what you'd call first. My "first" wasn't even my car. I did an installation in my brother Mustang that had a shhhty electrical system.

My first system was a set of Pioneer 2 ways in my car doors (I still have them in the rear doors, but not the front's anymore) with the stock HU and a Scoshe LOC to a RoadGear 100 RMS amp (used 12 gauge power wire) connected to a Kenwood 10" something in a Walmart box.

I soon upgraded the sub to a 12" Jenson. The "competition" sub of theirs. Wal-Mart special baby.

Paul




Posted By: speedwayaudio1
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 2:05 PM
picture this. The time was summer of 1984. My car, a 1974 camaro. The system a Graig road rated recever cassette deck. ( still don't know what "road rated" was supose to mean) 2- 4ch eq power boosters don't remember the brand. The lights were cool anyway. 8 Jensen Triaxls. 2 in the rear deck. 4 in a box in the back seat, and 2 on the floor in front of the buckets.And you know it sound damn good. AAAhhhhh the days of my youth, full head of hair, no gray, and no belly.posted_image

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Posted By: boulderguy
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 2:51 PM
I think "road rated" was a misprint - supposed to read "road Grated..."  (as if mine was any better...)

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Posted By: Custom_Jim
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 3:20 PM

Back in the late 70's I had a JIL brand AM/FM 8-track WITH the built in CB and 2 sets of K-mart MindBlower 6x9's.

I still have my old Harmon Kardon CA-260's, some CA-240's and the H/K crossover I bought in the early 80's. Also when CD players were first coming out I bought the Harmon Kardon cassette deck for the car and dubbed CD's to cassette and the sound quality was really good for the time (CD players were in the $1,000 range for cars). The tape player only played in one direction but the frequency response was 20-20k.

Eventually I hope to get a vintage car to go with the vintage equipment I kept.

Jim



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Posted By: pimpincavy
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 11:13 PM
My first system was in a 91 Cavalier. I bought a Power Acoustik 525W amp and a boss sub from the flea market. The subs blew in about 10 minutes, so for a couple months I was running 2 walmart 6 1/2" tube subs that were on the floor behind the front seats. Power and ground wire were like 16G, i didnt hide any of the wires, they were on the floor by the drivers door so I would trip on them all the time. The power wire was ran out of the hood (by the windsheild) and through the door.

I had a walmart HU that didnt have a dash kit so everytime I would floor it the HU would come flying out of the dash and hit the shifter knob, the amp wasnt screwed in so whenever id take a corner fast the power wire would come out. Ive come a long way since then!

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Posted By: nowlater123
Date Posted: July 15, 2005 at 11:28 PM

My first system was in my 1992 Plymouth Acclaim. My stock speakers had no surrounds, my radio was busted, so my first was a Pioneer portable cd player for two years.

It was the best I ever had.



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Posted By: boulderguy
Date Posted: July 16, 2005 at 4:15 AM

pimpincavy wrote:

The power wire was ran out of the hood (by the windsheild) and through the door.

This should win a prize!



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Posted By: skoldspuppy
Date Posted: July 16, 2005 at 6:29 PM

Wow, its was some time in the early 90's
79 mustang hatchback, with 4, 15 inch Rockford Series 1 that took up the entire hatch and back seat and four punch 150s to each sub running off the stock electrical system with a Sherwood HU and Eq, just a sears diehard powering it all

That was the pain full days

Then it got worse .. orions and us amps....

and now its dead.... hifonics and audiobahn..



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Posted By: zezebiah
Date Posted: July 17, 2005 at 2:45 PM
Well I'm only 19, but I Started my first system when I was 16. The system wasn't too horribly bad although could have been a lot better.
This all went into an 89 Dodge Ram 50 truck. Some of you might remember me asking a bunch of questions a couple years back on another name.
The deck was a pioneer DEH-P6400, nice deck at the time, The graphic display was awesome.

Speakers were a pair of 4" kenwoods in the dash, and a set of pioneer 3 way 6x9's in the back in boxes. I had a 600 watt legacy ebay amp and 2 Coustic 10'' subs in "custom" truck boxes. The system actually sounded pretty good and I did all the installation myself... I think it took me 7 or 8 hours to do that amp install. I blew probably 4 fuses that day too. And if you've ever worked on one of these trucks you would know that their isnt anything to them. I could probably install the whole system in under an hour if I did it now, but that truck is long gone now.




Posted By: supradude
Date Posted: July 17, 2005 at 8:00 PM
Back around 1982 or so. I had a '66 Vette with the factory am/fm radio in it. I put an 8 track in the glove box and 2 6x9's (Mindblowers) in a box I built in the back. Believe it or not, it sounded pretty good, until the Craig tape player would play 2 channels at the same time.

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Posted By: 704acc
Date Posted: July 18, 2005 at 11:55 AM
1979 - 1969 Impala convertible.  KRACO two shaft 8track with Radio Shack 8track to cassette converter.  You plugged the converter into the 8track slot then inserted the tape into the top.  Pair of Jensen 6x9 coax {didn't buy the mindblowers - I was a "purist" even back then}  I graduated to a Radio Shack under the dash cassette along with my 8track - I was the first at my school to do so.  There was an underdash mounted switch marked "radio/tape" to select the source going to my $27 underdash "BOOSTER" amp.  The amp was about the size of a deck of playing cards and had one button on the front to "BOOST" the noise.  I had to wrap tin foil around the fuse to keep it from blowing!  I then bumped up to FOUR speakers - again the first in my school!  They were a pair of Jensen Triax and a pair of QUADrax purchased from Crutchfield.

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Posted By: SoundAudio
Date Posted: July 19, 2005 at 2:10 PM
Well being relatively young, 20, I can't offer great stories about vintage equipment, even though I have some vitage equipment I have acquired, fun stuff. I got a 92 F-150 still have it and my original system. I meant business, and did a lot of research before buying anything. I don't know if it payed off but I am happy. I got a Kenwood KDC-717 and the excelon mono amp for that year (401 don't remember the letter code at this time) I bought 2 Kenwood 10" dB+ to put behind the seat, and Kenwood 3 ways (6 1\2 for the doors and 6x8 for the rear pillars). I built my first enclosure for this. It spans the whole back behind the seat enclosing the amp in the middle and the subs in on each side of the amp. I have since added a cap to the amp (first fiberglass enclosure I made to hold the cap) and Kenwood Here2Anywhere sirius tuner recessed into the dash next to the gauges. I have been really pleased with it as I haven't redone any of it yet.




Posted By: pimpincavy
Date Posted: July 22, 2005 at 11:33 PM
I think my prize was my car not burning down...especially considering the wire was not fused and just wrapped around the battery terminal.

However if you still feel a prize is nessecary, a box of cookies will suffice.

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Posted By: maglin
Date Posted: July 25, 2005 at 9:29 AM
*laughs*

91 geo storm - 40 dollar miejers stereo HU running to junkyard stolen Buick LeSabre 6x9s (the factory speakers were only 3 inch doodads all the way around) and i wired a pair of home stereo speakers still in their home stereo boxes in parrelel with the 'now upgraded' speakers ... duct taped it to the floor to keep it from moving.

i had the same problem with the HU so i used to wood wedges jammed into place to ... well... wedge the stereo in. lol. it was loud, obnoxious, i was 16 and therefore didn't care past that.

~~Vinn
*now 22 and much more the embarassed for admitting that*




Posted By: black98GTP
Date Posted: July 28, 2005 at 10:02 PM
my first system was in a 93 dodge shadow es it consisted of a sony cdplayer ($99) an American Legacy 800W amp( freebie) and 2 Sony10" P5's in 2 truck boxeswedged into the hatch




Posted By: dwarren
Date Posted: July 29, 2005 at 12:45 AM

In my 86 BMW 528e (e = very slow) I had a clarion deck that died several times so I moved up to an Alpine cda-7983 I think. That was it for a while then, I borrowed subs and amp from a friend. Legacy amp w/ JBL's in a bandpass box. It wasn'y very loud. The RCA cables kinda ran through the car. 

I got a job at CC, got my MTX 1000d a couple of MTX 8000 series 12's for $50 a piece, blew 'em, screwed 'em, and tossed 'em. Then I proceeded to get some a/d/s gear from a local shop. A ph15 6 channel amp and some components. the AL4's up front and some AL5's in the back. Along with the a/d/s gear I bought a JL 12w0 in a JL ported box. Then another Alpine deck and amp were purchased since I handed the other alpine deck down to my ex girlfriend (doh!). The new deck was a cda-7977 and a alpine mrv-f407. It sounded like a tin can.

Beemer was donated after only utilizing 4-5 of the six cylinders and some body damage. I bought the 94 honda accord that I have today and pieced the current system in my sig together for it.



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Posted By: DYohn
Date Posted: July 30, 2005 at 10:56 AM
In 1967, my white over blue 1955 Chevy Bel Air 2-door with under dash Craig 8-track added to the factory AM radio, factory in-dash speaker.  Single speaker.  I later upgraded the speaker to a set of Radio Shack 6X9's, one in the dash and one cut into the rear deck.  OOOOO, stereo!  8-track was cool when you hit a hard bump the deck would skip to a different track and change songs on you.

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Posted By: stevdart
Date Posted: July 30, 2005 at 1:59 PM

Craig 8-tracks were a highly prized commodity in those days, huh DYohn?...not unusual to pay $120 for an 8-track, not installed of course.  I would guess the dollar outlay in today's numbers would be like $800!  It took 1 or 2 week's paychecks to pay for it (my first full-time summer job at age 13 in '68 got me $40 per week).  But the key to success with those 8-tracks was to have a book of matches available at all times, so when the music started to warble you could wedge that match book between the cartridge and the door opening and get it sounding right again.

But here was my first system:

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......cars didn't come with radios in 1928 so you had to add your own underdash AM!

......just kidding....

My first "system" that I thought was so good that I would park the car and sit in it until I fell asleep every night listening to it was in my first car, the first that I actually bought and wasn't borrowed from my brother.  It was '78 and the car was a '73 AMC Javelin, factory AM/FM radio and rear speakers only.  I traded out the radio for a Craig or Jensen (I don't remember which) radio with cassette, and put aftermarket speakers on the back shelf to replace the factorys.  They were in enclosures so they were meant to be mounted that way.  I don't remember what brand those were, either, but they were of equally high-end quality to the Jensen, for sure!  Those speakers were yelling "Steal me, steal me!" mounted up on the back shelf and sure enough they were ripped off.  I knew I should have glued razor blades onto them...





Posted By: DYohn
Date Posted: July 30, 2005 at 2:33 PM
Yea, you're right, I forgot about the matches trick!  As I recall the Craig was a really high-ticket item and it took me a month to save up for it.  It was replaced a couple years later with a under-dash Pioneer (with Supertuner!) so I could add FM reception.

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Posted By: dwarren
Date Posted: July 30, 2005 at 4:10 PM
Man you guys have some dated material. Do you suppose I could some of your old gear at the local antique shop?

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Posted By: Masta N
Date Posted: July 30, 2005 at 4:24 PM
'81 Mustang. The first system was my first and only Sony cassette deck, 2 Pioneer 3.5's in dash, 2 6x9's in rear deck. Head did not last long and was replaced by a pioneer KEH8100QR deck...with a wireless remote! The signal passed into a 9 band Pioneer eq, then to one of Pioneer's 3 way indash x-overs. Speakers were upgraded to 4 Coustic HT-606 6.5's in the rear, 2 AR GPS1701 tweeters in the rear and 2 Pyle 3.5 plate tweeters up front. For subs I had 2 Pyle 12's and an Atomic 15 in the rear seat mounted enclosure. For power I had 2 Alpine amps(cannot remember the model #'s one was 50x2 watts RMS, and the other 30x2 RMS) running the mids and highs. For the subs I had 2 Hoopers black box amps, 100x and 50x2. These were made by PPI and relabeled for Hoopers Audio and Video.

I still have fond memories...no front stage, no real clarity....but loud as all get out, especially for 1989.




Posted By: switch_hitter
Date Posted: July 30, 2005 at 8:29 PM
94 ford ranger 2 mtx terminator 8s, rockwood amp, sony tape player, boston acoustics 5x7s

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Posted By: jeffchilcott
Date Posted: August 06, 2005 at 11:01 AM
Well I guess I will chime in here.   First car was a 91 Grand AM.   
Pioneer Head unit, no idea what model but it is probably laying around somewhere in storage haha. Internals out of a caddy, dont ask they sounded good in that car, so I thought they sounded good in my car.   
Boss audio Amp, If I remember right it was rated at 500x2 but it probably did more around 100x2 now that I know a little.
Now for the Subs, I actually started off half way decent, I had a set of 12 inch kicker gold's, these were old even in 1998! but hey I got them for $50 and I was ready to rock!

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Posted By: draggindakota
Date Posted: August 19, 2005 at 2:30 PM

81 Toyotta Corolla 2 door

$80 Optimus shaft style cassette deck

"replacement" stock style 5.25" speakers w/whizzer cones cut into the door panel.

1 8" woofer in the back deck

a pair of boom box speakers in the back deck

1 6.5" powered sparkomatic sub under the drivers seat.

Strait pimpin! Hey, I was only 15.



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Posted By: sneakycyber
Date Posted: September 13, 2005 at 9:55 PM
 1987 Dodge Daytona. Sony mobile es head unit (dont remember wich model, it had a full face screen though) 2 12 inch orion XTR dvc subs ported enclosure. 1 orion XTR 800 . Clarion pro audio mids in the doors, clarion pro audio 6x9's in the rear. Highs ran of the head unit.

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Posted By: sedate
Date Posted: September 13, 2005 at 10:48 PM
89 Civic LX
Alpine HU with NO pre-amps.
JBL 40x4
Infinity Reference 6.5's
JBL 6.5's
2x JBL 8"

I mean... I know my equipment now is supposed to be wayy better, but i swear, this was the BEST sounding system I've ever installed.

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Posted By: 5150azn
Date Posted: September 14, 2005 at 11:50 AM
Clarion HU
2 Kicker Comp 10's
300w Majestic 2ch
kicker tweeters

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Posted By: raarstad
Date Posted: September 14, 2005 at 5:01 PM
1972 Chev 1500 with a Craig T100 underdash cassette and Craig V103 door speakers...wow!! was it brutal. Who said "the good old days?"




Posted By: blazeronspokes
Date Posted: September 15, 2005 at 11:58 AM
my first system was in my 1971 Ford F100. i had a jvc(low end $99 radio), an orion 4ch amp bridged to two radio shack pro series 10's, and a set of wal-mart 6x9's stuck to the corners right above my seat. the truck had a gas tank behind the seat, so i had the woofers as a center console.




Posted By: dicksonjt
Date Posted: September 28, 2005 at 10:02 PM

My first and current system is in my '97 Honda Civic.

I have 6 1/2" infinity's in the front door panels, 5 1/4" Momo's in the rear, 2 10" pioneer subs, Pioneer 1500 watt amp, some other amp, and a Sony CD player. it sounds pretty good I think. The whole thing cost me about $750.





Posted By: montecristo
Date Posted: September 30, 2005 at 10:10 AM
mi first stereo was an aiwa HU actually in mi first car mitsubishi eclipse 91.....i called  my uncle to know if he can hook it up to the car....he say can do it....at the end of the day  i had to call mi brother to pick me up from my uncle's house....the mo...fu...burn all the fuses in the car....fried the ECU and burned the radio too.....so  i had to buy another  radio ....and another car...and get my MECP too...........




Posted By: fingaz22
Date Posted: September 30, 2005 at 2:00 PM

nice topic it brought me back to a good time in life.

well my first real system that was installed in a car(seeing that ive been messing with car audio since i was 8 years old) but anyways the first installed system was in a 1979 cutlass supreme, hu 7292s alpine 6 crystal tape deck,.old skool fosgate punch 45hd, and 2 15" crunch preformance series. boy did it rock for that time in life(virgin ears) ha!!!!!!!! but like we all know it's never enough we will always need more bass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted By: paul m
Date Posted: October 22, 2005 at 9:07 PM

I first started installing in 1977 . Most of the stuff we installed was either Craig or Audiovox or other stuff i cant remember now. At that time things where changing from 8 track to cassett. We did a lot of hole cutting for the speakers and a full system was concidered as 4 speakers ; the head unit and an amplified 7 band eq. rated at about 80 watts max. Amplifiers where a seriously custom addition and there output was usually around 50 watts.

We spent a lot of the day being upside down , under the dash boards and rear decks of the cars. We also had to run wire from the front to rear as factory wiring was not there at that time . The skill of a good installer was measured by how well he could hide the wire safely and fit the new head into the dash .

Do any of you ole timers remember the fun we had with the old r/t switches ? These where radio / tape isolation switches that had 40 connections on them ! What a bitch they could be after a night out on the town !!

paul m





Posted By: fingaz22
Date Posted: October 22, 2005 at 9:29 PM
im only 27 right now but i do remember those switches and they(realistic) had one with a balance knob on it. the reason i think i remember it was because of all those wires wires wires wires. if i remember correctly i was 8 years old. no bull s*#!. this fasanation with eletric i think started when i was 3 years old and stuck a car key in the wall socket and juiced myself as my mother tells me. and i haven't stopped disecting of things since. a truely love this passion of eletronics and i dought it will ever die.

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JUST ONE MORE AMP!!!
hu,alpine cva 1005/dva 5205
sound processor,symmetry(first one).
sub amp,power 1000 the terminator.(1992).
subs,spl comp dual 1 ohms.
punch 150hd on a 10" ev.
alotofhighs




Posted By: paul m
Date Posted: October 22, 2005 at 9:47 PM
fingaz22 wrote:

im only 27 right now but i do remember those switches and they(realistic) had one with a balance knob on it. the reason i think i remember it was because of all those wires wires wires wires. if i remember correctly i was 8 years old. no bull s*#!. this fasanation with eletric i think started when i was 3 years old and stuck a car key in the wall socket and juiced myself as my mother tells me. and i haven't stopped disecting of things since. a truely love this passion of eletronics and i dought it will ever die.




Posted By: paul m
Date Posted: October 22, 2005 at 10:03 PM

Hey Man : Are you for real ??

You started at age 8 ? and you make like you know what im talking about from the 70s ???

Come back bud !





Posted By: emergeman
Date Posted: October 24, 2005 at 11:06 AM
My first real system was in 1979-80 in a 1973 Camaro, Pioneer KP-4000 indash cassette, Craig Power Play V505 EQ , custom built dual amp balancer feeding 2 Craig Power Play Amps. Front speakers were Altec Lansing Voice of the Theater TK-1 tweeters and SK-1 mids. Rear speakers were Pioneer TS- 695 3 way 6x9's and a Altek Lansing SW-1 2 ohm Powered Subwoofer with indash level control. Pretty cutting edge for 25 years ago.

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Posted By: Custom_Jim
Date Posted: October 24, 2005 at 3:58 PM
paul m wrote:

I first started installing in 1977 . Most of the stuff we installed was either Craig or Audiovox or other stuff i cant remember now. At that time things where changing from 8 track to cassett. We did a lot of hole cutting for the speakers and a full system was concidered as 4 speakers ; the head unit and an amplified 7 band eq. rated at about 80 watts max. Amplifiers where a seriously custom addition and there output was usually around 50 watts.

We spent a lot of the day being upside down , under the dash boards and rear decks of the cars. We also had to run wire from the front to rear as factory wiring was not there at that time . The skill of a good installer was measured by how well he could hide the wire safely and fit the new head into the dash .

Do any of you ole timers remember the fun we had with the old r/t switches ? These where radio / tape isolation switches that had 40 connections on them ! What a bitch they could be after a night out on the town !!

paul m


Boy do I remember those switches and then throw in the variable of the common grounded speaker systems (one wire off of the speaker and the negative was through the frame of it). I also remember the old CB mic systems that tied into the factory speakers to where when the CB was receiving it switched the speakers over to it and then after it went quiet the factory speakers reconnected to the radio. 

I did dealership work when I started and the cars that had the radio accomidation packages would have the power, dash light, and ground wires already run but they were buried behind the dash and you had to know just where they were tucked at or where they were taped to the loom to get them accessible. Remember the old AMC's that you would punch the door panel to pop the cardboard plug loose and then trim out the vinyl and install the Ford rectangular grills ?.

Remember the different sized shafted radio chassis'. They made smaller than normal shafted radio's to fit the Toyota's that had a real small nose opening and tight center to center shaft spacing.

Back then there were no harness adaptors like there are today and you had to make all kinds of connections and like you said, had to run the wires.

Jim



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1974 Spirit of America Nova
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Posted By: fingaz22
Date Posted: October 24, 2005 at 4:13 PM
i didnt mean to come off like i did it everyday and knew exactly where you where coming from but i was saying i do remember switches like that. and yea i was like 8 years old and i loved it then and love it even more today. theres no way i can relate totaly with guy like you that have been in the feild before i was born, i got alot of respect for you guys because if there was never anyone to install it .i may never have heard my first car stereo in a 71 nova. that sparked that passion. thankx and sorry for any offence i may have caused.

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JUST ONE MORE AMP!!!
hu,alpine cva 1005/dva 5205
sound processor,symmetry(first one).
sub amp,power 1000 the terminator.(1992).
subs,spl comp dual 1 ohms.
punch 150hd on a 10" ev.
alotofhighs




Posted By: fingaz22
Date Posted: October 24, 2005 at 4:14 PM
and ya didnt have to smash me that bad. did ya?

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JUST ONE MORE AMP!!!
hu,alpine cva 1005/dva 5205
sound processor,symmetry(first one).
sub amp,power 1000 the terminator.(1992).
subs,spl comp dual 1 ohms.
punch 150hd on a 10" ev.
alotofhighs




Posted By: paul m
Date Posted: October 25, 2005 at 1:43 PM

Sorry Bud ; I didnt mean to smash you , I guess my sentence structure is pretty lame. After rereading it i can see why you misunderstood my meaning.

I havent seen one of those switches for about 25 years now and i was very surprised that you where familier with them as there hasent been an application for them for at least that long.

Where in the world did you find one ? ( the 71 Nova ) ? They where a real pain and where used quite a lot in the ole days. The last time i saw one was at a Radio Shack store . I doubt if they stock them now.  How do you like your Clarion stuff , when i owned my own shop Clarion was a big part of my sales and come backs where few and far between. Are you an installer now ? Its a good trade as cars are being loaded with more and more factory electronics etc. there will be a gap opening soon for aftermarket guys to repair the factory stuff as the car warrantys end. The money isnt all that good yet especially here in Canada but i hope that changes eventually.

Again ; sorry for the mixup .





Posted By: fingaz22
Date Posted: October 25, 2005 at 4:07 PM

hey man no problem i understand. this site is very resourceful for almost anything we will every come incontact with. its opinion base so you have conflect every now and then but i look at it as no harm done with what ever situation comes along. i am just trying to help another fellow installer or noobie or diyer. because i was give the info when i asked the guys that came before me so i just pass it on. check out this post that  a guy posted https://www.the12volt.com/installbay/forum_posts.asp?tid=64711&get=last for the most part i think he was miss understood but atleast we got to make clear what this site is about. anyways iwill keep you in mind and please do the same i own a automotive repair shop here in rhode island and if there is anything i can help with it would be a pleasure. thankx for the appology 

yes i did buy that switch at a radio shack and installed it in my moms 67 nova.

clarion is great to my ear i use to stand by alpine when they had there 6 crystal pull out tape deck but i dont like them any longer. clarion is the way to go for me. yes i do everything from tires up on a car mostly complete installs and full automtive tech. its truly my passion. thankx angain.



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JUST ONE MORE AMP!!!
hu,alpine cva 1005/dva 5205
sound processor,symmetry(first one).
sub amp,power 1000 the terminator.(1992).
subs,spl comp dual 1 ohms.
punch 150hd on a 10" ev.
alotofhighs




Posted By: x77911
Date Posted: October 30, 2005 at 1:40 PM

good question to ask.  everyone has some great memories here to share.






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