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FM Transmitter for Mike Y.

Post by bertvorgon » 11 Jan 2021 16:57

Motoring through stuff today I finally came upon the FM Transmitter for you.

What also was actually really cool for me...was the paperwork inside the box!

Some of you on this site are old enough to maybe remember the battle between 4 Track and 8 track (almost like Beta VS VHS), 8 Track won.

Anybody remember the "Stereo Reverb" unit? I bought one of those too, enhancing my musical world on long road trips. And they were long trips on a weekend for sure, how I put 105,000 thousand miles in 3 years and worked 8 hours a day. What a loop I used to do Friday after work, till I got home late Sunday.

In 1967, in the parking lot of the first MacDonald's in Canada, Richmond, sitting in my 1948 Austin A40, when a fellow came in and parked next to me, music blazing away from his Detroit Iron car. I was curious so got out and asked how was he doing that? He had a 4 track deck, which back then a stereo in the car was very cool, so new. I was still going to school then so could not afford that but it stuck in my mind. This was space age stuff then.

In 1969, when I bought my first Datsun wagon, my Uncle was starting to sell the Panasonic line of electronics, so ultimately he sold me at below his cost, my first 8 track deck. It lived with me for just over 105,000 miles in that wagon, played and destroyed many an 8 track cassette in the 3 years I had that car. When I bought my 1972 wagon I bought a newer Panasonic deck from my Uncle.

FM radio was really just getting started in Vancouver then, with LG73 ( the Fox), which started playing some great music which of course the Datsun Am radio could not touch.

In the box with the FM Transmitter was the warranty booklet that came with that deck..PLUS...it gave a hard date for when I lived in my In-laws place here in White Rock, something I had a hard time putting an actual time period on! The 8 track booklet was there also!

Got your name on it Mike, could not go to a better home.
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Re: FM Transmitter for Mike Y.

Post by MikeY » 11 Jan 2021 19:02

Thanks Keith,. I had a Craig 8 track in my first car, a 510 of course. The only tape I remember and still when I hear a song from rumors it takes me back to that car. I collected 8 track from rock acts I liked off and on for years. Probably only have 50 or 60 in those little suitcases. But they suck to use. I do have a 8 track.to cassette adapter. But never got into cassettes. And also have a cassette to mp3 player. But all the wheels and mech still have to move. What a racket to make no music. I'm hoping the FM transmitter is a little quieter. Lol
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Post by datzenmike » 11 Jan 2021 19:27

Bought a Ranger 8 track in Buffalo. Ann Murray and Gordy Lightfoot never sounded so good. One thing it had that I never saw on another was a thumb wheel adjustment to move the head up and down to center it on the recorded track to get the best loudest playback. I had a reverb too. TWANNNNG when you hit a pot hole. Put Led Zeppelin I and II on a single 8 track cassette. When even slightly worn 8 tracks squeak so a folded piece cigarette pack gets jammed in beside it. Never had a Phillips style cassette till the mid '80s but by then they were made right and didn't eat the tapes. Wore out two DSOTM 8 tracks. They were worn so bad they were unplayable. Kieth, ever leave an 8 track in the rear window in the sun???
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Post by bertvorgon » 12 Jan 2021 10:40

No, I never did that directly but, I did learn that heat and tapes was not a good mix. I made a tape box that fit between the seats to carry my "road trip" tapes.
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Re: FM Transmitter for Mike Y.

Post by Byron510 » 12 Jan 2021 20:01

You know, I don’t feel so old anymore!
That’s a great read guys.
8 tracks were on their way out when I started buying records in the early 80’s. Cassettes were there, but I didn’t start buying them until the mid 80’s when I made the choice that CD’s were too expensive and players too finicky. Keep in mind I am a kid of the 80’s - when BMX bikes and skate boards of a reasonable size were THE thing. And 510’s were always cool on the West Coast. CD’s didn’t cut it - they were pricey, skipped and were easily damaged for kids. Tapes eventually wore out, but it took 10 years - as long as you didn’t leave them in the sun. I worn out many a Walkman, went to a discman and back to Walkman’s for many more years. I bought records until they quit selling them in stores in 86, some like the previously mentioned Zeppelin I & II, I have on all three mediums - and more copies of stuff that I ripped off of Napster in the late 90’s. I’d already bought the damn songs three times, I felt perfectly justified! (insert Metallica rant here!)

Anyways, my 74 RX4 had a factory Hitachi 8 track, I owned none, and wasn’t about to start buying them. I did find in some Thrift store an 8 track to cassette adapter, into which I had a cassette to CD adapter where I plugged in discman #3 by that time - or roughly Walkman #8 by that timeI think... My BMX days were hard on both, so I went through many!
At the time, my friends laughed their heads off at the adapter contraption sticking out of the factory console mounted 8 track (You know, my waking friends with no car, so I didn’t take them seriously). I wish I had a photo of it - that’s an epic stack!

Anyways, a different time. Today, I have a large Rubbermaid tub of cassettes that aren’t worth a hill of beans to listen to now. But the first of my records, like Rush’s Fairwell to Kings, Led Zeppelin I and even U2’s War album - they play pretty damn good on my newly purchased Sony USB turntable these days!

Thanks for the trip you ‘Old Guys’!

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Re: FM Transmitter for Mike Y.

Post by zKars » 13 Jan 2021 07:21

Those were the days. I can vividly remember installing the cassette decks, amps equalizers and speakers in all my 70’s Datsun’s.
My friends had 8 tracks, but I was the guy who had to have the latest, which was cassettes at the time. I remember wanting more volume and jumped on new speakers that had integrated amplifiers.

Found this in the glove box of a Z recently.
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The bracket is neatly integrated with the hinge hold down flange and screws.

Tone control. Well, more like no tone full left and just a little tone full right....

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Re: FM Transmitter for Mike Y.

Post by bertvorgon » 13 Jan 2021 11:32

This thread has been fun to see the progression of technology!

I too wore out a couple of Walkman's, I tried them in the 510 back in the 80's, vibration kinda killed them. I made a lot of my own cassettes too.

Last week I actually emptied my CD Racks as part of my downsizing, I bet I have 300 CD's that are worth NOTHING, breaks my heart to throw out, they are NOT recyclable.

My final, at this point, technology I use is, I have a 1st generation Apple shuffle that I can plug into the FM transmitter in my G35, or just tuck into my sleeve pocket when hiking or biking. It has been dead reliable. Amazing that this thing the size of my thumb can do so much...and it is OLD now.

I lived records in the 60's, 70's and I must admit I don't mind seeing them gone, fighting needles, scratches, warping, etc. I had a high end Panasonic Turn table and amp, lots of Geewhiz numbers with THD, etc, but, I guess I'm not a real audiophile, I like my crystal clear sound on my Shuffle.

How far we have come since then, my Honda Odyssey has a 600 Watt sound system that is incredible. Remember when upgrading was a big deal? I had the BAD guys try to rip two stereo systems from my cars over the years, but, I always used fasteners that they would not have tools for, so they ended up destroying stuff, which then led to ICBC paying out way more for repair. Can you imagine what was spent on insurance claims in that time period, to do with aftermarket sound systems!?

In terms of my Datsun's, I had decks even into my current red car, but, as I went more serious to racing, weight, as silly as that maybe, had it gone. Only vestige is the 2 speaker covers on my rear package shelf, which are cosmetic only, there are no speakers there. I tried once, in going to Knox, listening to my Walkman for 4 hours, which when I got to Knox and saw peoples lips moving with no sound, other than a ringing in my ears.....I never did that again. It's no wonder my hearing is not great in some situations, what with cars, guns and furnaces over a lifetime.....
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Re: FM Transmitter for Mike Y.

Post by yenpit » 15 Jan 2021 11:52

This has been a GREAT read! I'm 56, so sounds like I came in a l'il after some of you! I remember when I first installed a Jensen AM FM cassette deck in my MG Midget, with 6x9 triaxle speakers in back & 4in round speakers in the lower kick panels! I was never so proud of my cousin Ric Jacobs of Steel Breeze, around 1982............"You Don't Want Me Anymore" was one of the early MTV video's & I often had their cassette blaring as loud as I could! 8)
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