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Old 09-30-2005, 07:48 PM
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automotive record player

Saw this on the Automotive Oddities website, at this link: http://www.roadkillontheweb.com/arp.html .

This, or something similar to this, would be a cool modification, especially for people that prefer the sound of records over modern digital music. Of course, like many cool things, it would also be very impractical.



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Old 09-30-2005, 09:46 PM
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Actually, they were quite popular in the late 50s.....mostly with the custom crowd where the cars were on display and didnt get driven much. When driven, the skipped too much from the road bumps etc.....alot like the early walkman cd players.
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Old 09-30-2005, 09:58 PM
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I have never seen one in a car but I do remember reading an ad for an in car record player when I was a kid. It stuck in my mind since I thought it was a great idea and I remember telling my friends about it on the school bus. Imagine being able to play the music you wanted to in your car.
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Actually, they were quite popular in the late 50s
Shows how much I know -- I had thought the progression was from radios to 8-tracks.

Looks like the ones in this ad were proprietary 16-2/3 RPM.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:48 PM
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I had one(ARC) in my car when I got out of high school. It played 45's. They were popular with the thieves. They got mine.
Poncho, mine worked good if you were on a smooth road.
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Old 10-01-2005, 07:19 AM
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A buddy had one in his 38 Chev coupe in his high school days, Elvis haircut, he played it at the local hangouts, he was cooler than cool with the babes. It was a 45 player also. Dan
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There were still around thru the late 60's. I had a buddy who put one in his 65 Pontiac. The interesting thing to me is that they played upside down...the needle didn't float on top but rather on the bottom of the record.
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That's pretty neat, I didn't know they had that. Another option they had back then was removable radios. Here's one from a 59 Olds.

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A friend had one, could not play it on a dirt road
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Shows how much I know -- I had thought the progression was from radios to 8-tracks.

Looks like the ones in this ad were proprietary 16-2/3 RPM.
Doc here,

Actually the progression was to 4 track MONO lear players..

The deck was flat, the tape fit into the top, then you pushed the arm on the side, and a pinch roller came up through the bottom of the tape cart..form a quarter sized hole in the bottom of the cart..

Perhaps you have seen some of the carts .. looks like a primitive 8 track, but with a hole in the bottom...

The family tree I think...Is:

wire recorder/playback machines (like a Dictaphone)

Record Players

4 track tape players (mono)

4 Track players (stereo)

8 track players

Cassette players..

CD players

You'll note in the pics of the radios in the above post...They are all missing something...an FM dial! AND the little "DOTS" at each end of the Dial were "COLORAD Stations" (Tune here in Case of Nuclear Attack..about as effective as "Duck and Cover drills..")

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Cool stuff, thanks Doc. Looks like we'll be moving away from CD players in the next era, and on to digital no-media music. Old-time "real" music on records is cool, but at least digitized music offers the option of safer, relatively hands-free operation.
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I had one in my '59 Ford back in '65. I also added the "reverberator"... remember those? I took mine apart to see how it worked and all I found inside was a stiff wire wound like a spring. It made the music sound like you were in a tin can... a kind of echo.
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I had one in my '59 Ford back in '65. I also added the "reverberator"...
My '66 GTO had the reverberator in it. I had a dial on the dash that would change from a small echo to major cave echo!!!
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Reverberator

Doc here,

I remember those!!

Every-time you banged a gear...It would go "BOING!" and reverberate like crazy..Bumpy roads were lot of fun too..

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My '66 GTO had the reverberator in it. I had a dial on the dash that would change from a small echo to major cave echo!!!
My brother's '67 GTO had a reverb in it too. We used to ride around singing Blue Oyster Cult "don't fear the reverb".
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