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Old 07-25-2008, 10:00 AM
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Sound System on a 6 Volt Car ???

I have a 6 Volt Merc. 1955 Monterey. 100% as it ever was.
I like music and wish I could hear some as I drive.
But the old Tube Radio is kaput. Besides it is AM only. Even if I figure out what tubes are shot...I get news and sports only.

With the advent of the iPod, it seems unnecessary to go and put a radio into a glove box today. And I do not want to play with upgrading the entire system for this. So I want to set up a way to play an iPod via speakers (in the back deck shelf). I do not want to mess up the perfectly operating 6 volt electrics in the car. It is clean and every gauge and bulb works. And I like the simplicity of this.

Any idea how to drive decent sound from a 6 volt system? I thought about a battery operated boom box, but they eat batteries and sound weak.
What I want is a way to drive an iPod to speakers...Or just a CD player that can kick it with a 6 volt system?
Do those voltage converters cause a lot of static?

Ideas?

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Old 07-25-2008, 10:06 AM
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use a high amp voltage converter, wire it to a cigarette lighter plug.. then you can run an Ipod boom box with the use of a 75 watt inverter I think the high amp converter will do 10 amp.
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I'll look into that. They called a cigar lighter on the options sheet! I guess cigars were big then too.
That is a way to draw down 6 volts to the converted. I like it.
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another way to do it would be to get a 6v remote AM radio like what Motorola built for the trucks, mod it for an imput, then your ipod could play thru the imput, but it wouldn't sound great.
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I vote boom box, they have some with remotes, so you could just toss it in the back seat and point the remote to change things. Most of them probably run on more like 9 volts[6 c cells]

Or get one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/6-to-...3286.m14.l1318

and either put a regular car radio in, or many boom boxes have a 12 volt input to allow running in the car
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ipod in a old panel truck

I am wanting to install a nice sound system in my 35 panel...... can anyone give me any hints, what is all involved and what componets are needed???
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