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Post  Marleysky Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:10 am

Don’t get stuck in a loop!  Time to celebrate Gr-eight music!
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Post  crankbndr Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:01 pm

I had the top three, about 69 had the player in my car. Many time’s you would remove the cassette and tape would stay in the player. Sometimes you could roll it back up sometimes it was toast. It was a huge step up from AM most cars in that era had.
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Post  Ken Cook Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:06 pm

I loved the 8-tracks that was up to the point the player ate it. I remember the stereo we had, Lear jet Stereo 8. I remember seeing another a few years ago and was amazed by the quality that went into the old stereos. Aluminum trims, walnut veneers, all different types of knurling on the knobs.
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Post  Admin Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:12 pm

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Post  OVERLORD Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:06 pm

8 Track Day, sure it is !!!!!

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Hey, Jacob, remember this one?

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I know this one doesn't count but I don't have Lynyrd Skynyrd on 8 track

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Post  sosam117 Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:46 pm

Yep! I remember the old 8-track tapes. Have many around the house here (somewhere along with the tape deck?)
Installed in my car (1965 Chevy Super Sport with auto on the floor and a 327 engine and tach in the center of the dash between the driver and passenger -- don't know why they put it there?)

I installed under the dash a Kraco 8-track player I purchased from Kmart and hooked the speaker wires to the speakers that were in the car (the front one in the dash board and the read one on the rear deck behind the passenger seats.)
Spliced the wires from the AM radio so I could use both the radio and 8-track with the same speakers.
Just remember to turn the radio off or you'll hear the 8-track music and the AM radio music at the same time.

I still have that Kraco 8-track player in the bottom of my closet (back in the original box) I took it out when I sold the car.
One thing I remember is when you would be jamming with the music (if you made your own tape) the 8-track would jump to the next track (C-C-CLICK) and continue the song.
If you purchased the tape, just before the track would change, the song was dialed down then the CLICK of the track changing then the song would come back up. In that time you would have missed a sentence of the song.

The other thing missing from those times is seeing the 8-track tapes on the side of the roads with most of the tap outside of the cassette, where the owner got mad about the player eating the tape.
Ripping it out of the player and throwing it out the window!

Ah, good times!
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Post  wimpyv6 Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:20 pm

This is a mid 1960s Panasonic pull out 8 track player. My dad had this same model when I was growing up. The unique thing about this one is that it has a housing for home, in this case the garage and another housing for your car which is in the '63. Plays 8 tracks, cassettes and ipod. Seems funny today but back then 8 tracks were very desirable and lots of car break-ins to get them.




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Post  OhBee Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:22 pm

I finally pitched all my 8 tracks during a move in 2014. The Craig Pioneer tape player was destroyed previously by mice when stored in a bad place! It had been in at least a dozen different hot rods and pickup trucks! I miss that stuff...but you can't keep everything forever I guess!
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Post  dckrsn Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:30 pm

Back in the 70's, I had a Muntz 4/8 track deck.
4 track being the earlier mono version of the
8 track. The 4 track tape had no pinch roller
in it. instead, the roller hinged up out of the deck
into a cavity in the tape cartridge. It was made for
an under dash install, but I set it up for a tunnel
mount so I could remove it and thwart the overnight
tape deck bandits. I remember it weighing a ton.
I couldn't find a picture, but it was a little chrome
plated monster.
When's 4 Track Day?
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Post  Admin Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:15 pm

You could get an adapter called a "gidget" that would let you play a Muntz 4-track in an 8-track player. The tracks don't line up perfectly, so depending on what "program" you put your 8-track player on, one channel will usually sound muddier or weaker than the other.

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Post  dckrsn Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:23 pm

Thanks for that, Jacob. In the early 70's I was on
college radio(WVVS), and all of our PSA's, spots and promos
were on 4 track mono carts. Yikes, that was 50 years
ago! affraid That college has since become a university.
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