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Car Audio Kludge Answered

I recently bought a used car. It has a radio, but no faceplate. While I could probably find a replacement faceplate or even install a new radio myself. I want to see if I might be able to DIY my own stereo out of the bits of my radio I do have and maybe an MP3 player or something.

I figure the amplifier and power systems are all hanging out in the box there. So all thats actually missing is the part that acutally makes the audio to send to the amp. Anyone out there know enough about car stereo to confirm/deny my thoughts on this and maybe provide some advice?

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lemonie

9 years ago

Why is there no face-plate? If it's one of those deliberately-removable anti-theft things you should have a good answer from the vendor.

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foxstelelemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah, removeable faceplate.

I honestly wouldn't expect the vendor to answer questions about whats in or how to take apart thier equipment. Would they seriously give me the info I need to play with its innards?

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lemoniefoxstele

Reply 9 years ago

"Why isn't the faceplate there?" is a reasonable question to ask. "Because the vehicle is stolen" is one explanation. The vendor should be able to tell you why they didn't sell you the car with the faceplate (but you should really have asked before parting with the money). You have had the vehicle checked to be sure it's not "hot" in any way?

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foxstelelemonie

Reply 9 years ago

I bought it from a used car lot. The dealer didn't mention it and I forgot to ask. Since they are a pretty big dealer in town, I'm pretty sure the car isn't stolen. My guess is the faceplate itself was stolen.

This all kinda gets away from the original question. Is it prossible/reasonable to take the remaining part of the radio apart to stuff something in there to get it to make music? I was kinda hoping someone who was familiar with the innards of a car radio to answer.

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lemoniefoxstele

Reply 9 years ago

Get a new one, I believe the anti-theft aspect of this to be good enough that it's your best option. But do consider asking the dealer for a part-refund if they sold it you with the stereo. You might think of mentioning that it looks a bit suspicious, like the vehicle may be "hot" if they seem reluctant... or maybe not?

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