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    steve from staten island Well-Known Member

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    I have the original AM 8 track radio from my car. It was repaired by Julius restorations in 2001 and is still packed in the box it came in. Its in excellent condition.
    I had bought one of these conversion vintage radios that look like the original. Im not at all happy with it and it wasn't cheap either.
    Im considering installing the AM and buying vintage 8 tracks
    Im going to have think this one over
     
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      I've seen those radios. Very expensive. What's wrong with them?
       
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      • steve from staten island

        steve from staten island Well-Known Member

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        You never saw a mopar radio LOL!!!!!! Maybe tomorrow when I get a chance I will take a picture of the box and radio..... Stay on your good side:D
         
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        • steve from staten island

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          Nothing wrong with it, I hope.. When I got my car, the radio was in a box in the trunk. The previous owner sent it out and never installed it. It was dated on the invoice January 01....
           
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          I'm confused. I thought you bought one of those radios that looks original but contains modern electronics and installed it and wasn't happy with it.
          So, you were considering using the rebuilt original in its place.
          I was asking what's wrong with the replica radio.
           
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            8 tracks aren't so bad. The first car I owned had an 8 track. I bought a cassette adapter for it. I had one 8 track tape. The Eric Clapton record that had Watch Out For Lucy on it.
            AM isn't so bad either.
            Me, I just listen to the sweet music of a Chrysler V8.
             
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            • Suregrip391

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              I have a bunch of 8-tracks that came in the trunk of my 68 sport satellite. Wish someone close to me had an interest, I put them on Craig’s with only a few deadbeat emailers.....none of them are rare or expensive.
               
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              The replica, I used the speakers recommended and it sounds awful. To use the radio it feels cheaply made. The car is a convertible and im limited to were I can put speakers. I was thinking of just installing the original radio. Someone told me they installed speakers in the tray behind the rear seat. Im going to check that out as a location.
               
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              • bearman

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                Steve, have you been on the car stereo forum. They can help maybe lead you down the correct path of what speakers and amps location of all the above. Radios and stereos are different from when we grew up. For me and you these folks know what to do to make the sound and what products work for you. I seen some of these folks take a 10 year old stereo and make sound come out of it like you wouldn't believe. Just my 2cents good luck.
                 
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                  Put your nice pretty radio in the dash and forget about it. I bought an IPOD and powered speakers to set in the back seat or floor. I have 12k songs to choose from and Apple has programs to stream music as well as the internet can stream your favorite radio station.
                   
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                    Steve, I agree with bearman. It sounds to me (pun not intended) that your problem is with the speaker setup and not the radio. Speakers can sound bad if they are not polarized correctly and/or if they are not sized correctly. In my 70 Road Runner, I had an 70 AM radio converted to AM/FM Bluetooth, etc. I added a dual cone single speaker for the front (it sounds surprisingly good), plus a hidden subwoofer in the trunk and 2 round speakers for the speaker shelf. I think the subwoofer is a big part of making my system sound excellent.

                    Bottom line is I suggest you look at your speaker setup before you swap your radio.

                    Good luck,

                    Hawk
                     
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                      I have original 8 track players in most of my cars. Love them! Of coarse I never got rid of my old stereo equipment In the house when the world changed to other types of equipment. I own and play over 350 8 tracks. And they sound great to this day. If you go that route (or anyone else) Kate's Track Shack there on the internet. They rebuilt my factory 8 track player for my charger they also repair and sell 8track tapes. And told me the secret of keeping the players and tapes going. It is like another hobby to me. Nothing sounds as great as an old 8 track with a big block in the back ground.
                       
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                        can you show the 2 units please
                         
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                          The speaker shop that reconed my dash speakers told me that the ohm value is different between originals and what is available today. FWIW
                           
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                            • steve from staten island

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                                Most times when that happened it was because the capstan was dirty. Same reason people used a match book under the tape. The old tape head cleaners didn't clean them very well. I use alcohol on a long Q-tip. I think I may have lost one in the last few years and it was a very loose tape.
                                 
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                                  I think that 8-track radio looks like it is for a C-body.
                                   
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                                  • steve from staten island

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