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From the "I wonder if I could make that into a docking station" department here at Relectronics, we bring you Candy. Candy is a one of a kind music and charging station for your iPod or iPhone, built from the instrument cluster of a 1966 Chevrolet Corvair.

To create this dock, we started with the instrument cluster..(it shows just under 100,000 miles, so this thing has seen some roadtrips) We disassembled and cleaned the cluster, removing the original ignition and light switches. In their place, we installed the volume control in the lights position and added a keyed on and off switch. To turn on your speaker, turn the key. The trim was repainted a pretty pearl white. We left the original wiper switch and cigarette lighter in place.

That was the easy part...we were looking for a way to mount it when we discovered an old PC tower in the basement...The tower was cut down and a new faceplate was fabricated and covered with faux diamond plate. The case was sprayed a two stage candy apple red lacquer for an old school hot rod look.

Inside, we've wired up a 20 watt Lepai amplifier that drives a 5.25" Pyle 3 way speaker. The sound is great, more than enough to fill a large room. The dock is wired up to charge your device whether your speakers are on or off.

For finishing touches, we've wired in 6 LED's behind the instruments that light up the ignition switch, turn signals, check engine light and the speedometer. Not crazy bright, but enough to look really awesome in low light.

The end result is a hot rod inspired dock that we think is a real classic.

(Please note: due to the vintage and recycled nature of our source material, some minor cosmetic flaws always exist...Think of it as character)

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