This project started with the purchase of an old am/fm receiver. I bought it from a thrift store in a spur of the moment decision just because I thought it was cool, not really having any plans for it. Then the brainstorming began and this is what I came up with. I wanted to keep the vintage look using modern components so it would look and sound great. I decided to add a vintage looking radio tower to the top for some extra flare and to attach an extra larger speaker. So if you're looking for your own vintage stereo with modern components, lets get to it...
Step 1: Stuff You Need
Things You'll Need: (This is what I used, you may want/need to tweak the components based on what your needs and what kind of old radio you find)
- Some sort of vintage radio, check around your local thrift stores or ebay (it doesn't have to be working)
- 50 watt amplifier
- Lanzar 6.5" midbass speaker
- Two 4" speakers (make sure they will ft on the sides of your vintage radio)
- 24 VDC power supply
- RCA to auxillary cable
- Metal rods (can be found at home depot)
- JB quick weld
- 4 drywall screw anchors
- red flashing LED bulb
- red LED bulb
Tools You'll Need:
- Wire cutter
- Soldering iron
- Electrical tape
Step 2: Prepare Your Vintage Radio to Use
The first thing you'll want to do is disassemble your vintage radio. Keep all the components in a box because you may end up using some of them later.
After your vintage radio is empty, you'll need to drill in your drywall anchors into the top. These will act as the base to hold the radio tower in place and provide it with a solid foundation. My anchors are placed about 6" wide and 4 1/2" deep. This allowed me to attach the speaker about half way up the tower.