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Tunes for Our Tudor — John and Linda Brissette

We have always enjoyed listening to music when driving and having the ability to hear to what we like, rather than just what is on the radio, is also important to us.  In 1970 we installed a cassette deck in our first car and in 1992 were thrilled when we could buy a car with a CD player.  So, we knew we wanted to play music in our Model A, but weren’t sure how best to do it because there is no good place for a CD player and we didn’t want to convert to a 12-volt system.

An ad in “Model A Times” solved the dilemma.  A company named “Out of Sight Audio” sells compact units that work by Bluetooth.  The model we selected is the “Mark I”, which is designed for use with 4-8 ohm speakers and works with 6-volt or 12-volt systems, either positive or negative ground.  Next we searched the internet for mid-priced, 8-ohm, coaxial speakers.  We chose 4-in speakers because we did not want them taking up a lot of space.  We also did not want to cut any upholstery panels so John made boxes to hold the speakers.

Installation was simple.  The Mark I requires power and a ground.  Power is easily tapped into at the terminal box and the frame provides the ground.  We have carpet in our tudor so to mount the components we used the “hook” side to self stick Velcro tape on the bottom of the Mark I and the speaker boxes.  The Mark I is under the driver’s seat and the speakers are in the corners just in front of the back seat.  The Velcro holds fast to the carpet but can easily be repositioned or removed if we don’t want them in the car.  The wires are simply tucked under the carpet.  The system draws very little current, it barely shows on the ammeter even when music is playing.

For us, the music comes from an iPod that has Bluetooth capability (not all models do).  A smart phone would also work.  On the iPod, which will fit in a pocket or purse, are literally thousands of songs in multiple play lists.  The play lists are compilations of songs that we created on our computer.  Songs can be purchased on-line and downloaded or transferred to the computer via CD.  Once music is arranged into the desired play lists it can be “synced” to the iPod.

One playlist we made is called “Model A Era.”  It includes recordings from the era by artists like Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong.  We like a lot of contemporary artists so have many songs that were written in the late 1920s and early 1930s but sung by people we grew up with.  For example we have “Bye Bye Blackbird” (1926) by Diana Krall, “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (1931) by The Mamas and The Papas, and “You Rascal You” (1931) by Taj Mahal.  Compiling play lists is a lot of fun and a great learning experience. Did you know that the Billboard number one song in1931 was “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Callaway and His Orchestra?  You might remember it from the 1980 movie “Blues Brothers.”

When you see us at club events and tours know that we are enjoying good music as well as the pleasure of driving a our 1931 tudor.  


August Techie Tip - BEWARE the cotter pin

Far too often, while working on recently restored cars, I’ve discovered carefully

placed cotter pins that WERE NOT safely bent ‘open’.

     As re-assembly often takes months, if not years, and frequently includes help from other people, randomly installed cotter pins all too often on the brake system clevis pins, remain dangerously loose!
     Several years ago, on of our members experienced partial brake failure when a rear brake clevis fell apart. Imagine the horror if it had been on of the two clevis pins at the rod from the brake pedal! And YES, I’ve found those with cotter pins that were un-bent! Frightening!
     The solution? NEVER partially install a cotter pin (sometimes referred to as a cotter key). The same goes for oil drain plugs! Never install without finishing the job as the potential for disaster is HUGE!
        Peter Brown

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