Fitting a "modern CD stacker" in an RV8
One of our members in Japan, David Boniface (Oxford Blue 1589),
provides a useful ICE tip for both V8 and RV8 enthusiasts. (Mar
I recently won an
iPod Nano 2Gb in a prize draw and found the timing of that
win was quite fortunate. Living in Japan with an RV8, I do not have
the problem that European owners have with reimported cars who have
either to change the radio or use a frequency converter of some kind.
The OEM CD changers fitted to the RV8 model are now as rare as hen's
teeth, even in Japan, but I did manage to find one a couple of years
ago. However it recently failed and is uneconomical to repair apparently.
Whilst pondering what to do - for example which new CD/radio
iPod nano is a compact unit - only 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches
and 1.5 ounces - linked through a cable to a cassette adapter unit.
(Photo: David Boniface)
combination to buy
- I won the iPod.
OK, it is "only" a 2Gb model but it will store around 550
tracks which, if you assume that a typical CD will have say 10 tracks
which you like, then that is the equivalent of 50 - 60 CDs, surely
enough for most people I think. I then bought a simple cassette adaptor;
it looks like a cassette but has a cable which plugs into the iPod
and plays all the music on the iPod through the radio/cassette player.
This means that, in addition to having a personal music player, I
can use the iPod in any car with a cassette player or an input jack.
A variety of accessories for using many different MP3 players in a
car are available from Belkin http://world.belkin.com/
This simple modification
is worth thinking about rather than spending a lot of money to upgrade
the ICE, especially in a noisy open car.
A further benefit was freeing up some valuable boot space and I have
now found that the base unit for my Navi system will fit in the mounting
bracket for the original CD changer.
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