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Old 11-02-2005, 09:22 PM
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I didn't know whether to put this here, in Electrical, or General. Anyway...

I need some ideas/suggestions. I replaced the dash in the '72 El Camino this summer with one that wasn't molested. I've got an original AM-FM radio that cost dearly.

Problem: I'd like to "update" so I can play CDs. I was thinking of some kind of add-on unit that I could maybe hide in the glovebox. I've hit the local "fast-food" electrical stores, like Best Buy. All I can find are multiple disc changers that are huge. Apparently Sony used to make a single disc player, but it didn't sell so they stopped making it.

Can anyone help?

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I think your only way is to put in a cd changer like you were talking about. You will probably have to mount it under the seat or behind it. Just about all of them are FM modulated and play through your FM radio. And they will have a little controller with them that is real small so you can hide it under your dash when your not using it or something like that.

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Saw this at GoodGuys this year...sounded very good, and reasonable in price
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Theres lots of ways around this, most of the major companies for audio make a retro tape deck that fits in the shaft mount dash holes of yester year cars. The nice part of this is, since it's a major aftermarket company making it by say, JVC, Clarion, Alpine, Sony ect.....they also have an array of inputs on the back for you in mind. Just use the data cable on there to hook up a cd changer, and the stereo also controls the cd changer, give me a few and I'll get you links.
Heres what found real quick, to give you an idea.

The way I like to do it is, just put a stock radio in there for that authentic look, and install a modern cd player under the seat. Now you'll have to make a custom ribbon cable, but it will go up through the A pillar, and you can have the face of that cd player in your sun visor (remote mounted). This is real nice, because it's out of the way of prying eyes, it's more within your viewing range when your driving (save) and it's a real stealthy install if done right.
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I've seen where somebody made a drop-down tray for their DC unit. Sort of like the "keyboard trays" office supply places sell to hide computer keyboards under desktops when not in use. I don't know if you have space in and under your dash for something like that. You can install an AM/FM/CD player anywhere you like really. A whole lot of them come with wireless remotes so your only consideration is being able to change CDs or if you want to be able to see what's on the display. With an antenna cable "splitter" and extra speaker wiring you could hook both radios up and listen to the dash radio or the hidden radio/CD player.
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