Classic cars and music go hand-in-hand. What fun is driving your ’57 Chevy without Buddy Holly, or your ’65 Mustang without the Beach Boys, or your ’70 Charger without the Stones?
Chances are your classic car still has its original AM radio. They just look right — better than a modern LED plastic piece that would be out of place in an otherwise OEM interior. Sure, there are some replacement modern systems that look stock-ish, but one of those is not exactly the same thing as an original unit — especially if you’re showing your car. Not to mention the fact that some original radios are odd sizes that aren’t currently supported in the aftermarket. So what do you do?
The answer to the problem comes in the form of a Bluetooth unit from Out of Sight Audio — keep that OE AM radio, but add on a separate, completely hidden unit that functions through a wireless connection to your smartphone. It’s slick, invisible and simple.
Auction Editor Chad Tyson just picked up a farm-fresh 1963 Ford F100 Unibody with a broken original AM radio, so we converted it using a hidden Mark III stereo head unit from Out of Sight Audio. Because this rig has already had some wiring “modifications” over the years, we also opted to install a Painless Cirkit Boss kit, which is an add-on stand-alone fuse panel that takes power right from the battery and provides four keyed and three constant hot 12-volt sources. No load on the original harness, no cutting up the dash for an aftermarket stereo.
Here’s how quick and easy getting modern sound from your vintage car can be.
Out of Sight Audio (www.outofsightaudio.com)
Mark III Head Unit, $319.99
Summit Racing (www.summitracing.com)
P/N C7AZ-18808-DVCA, Scott Drake stereo dash speaker, $53.06
P/N 70207, Painless Performance Cirkit Boss Auxiliary Fuse Block, $95.99