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ipod iphone charging station with speakers from vintage car radio

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This is Ray. Ray is a 50's AC Delco car radio that we found in barn fresh condition and saw the potential to build the Big Daddy of docking stations.

All of the original tube workings have been removed and replaced with powerful new components. A Lepai 20 watt amplifier drives a new 100 watt rated Pyle 5.25" 3 way speaker. How does it sound, you ask? It's likely that your neighbors will be irritated with you...it's very powerful.

Cosmetically, we sanded down the original rusty finish and sprayed it a brilliant metallic blue. A docking tray that fits all iphones and ipod classics has been sunk into the top of the case and wired up to charge your Apple device. The filthy chrome bezel has been hand polished back to it's shiny glory..(some mild pitting exists in the chrome, but that's just extra character)

The radio's head unit has been disassembled and cleaned, including polishing the original copper faceplate and tension plate on the front. We replaced the old volume control with a new potentiometer to control the volume of the speaker and left the right knob attached to the station needle. The AM radio no longer works, but it's fun to change the stations. The push buttons even work, though there is a small burn on the buttons from somebody's Lucky Strike. New knurled chrome knobs finish off the face.

Inside, we built a whole new carriage for the speaker. We've mounted some amber LED's behind the station indicator and some blue LED's on the back side of the speaker grill so the cabinet emits a lush blue glow when the speaker is in use.. A new chrome toggle switch was added to the top to turn off the speakers when not in use.

On the bottom, we've cut an access opening so you can reach the amplifiers controls for bass, treble and master volume. Finally, to get Ray to stand up, we added some trick chrome lug nut feet.

Now, Ray is one cool cat and ready to rock...fuzzy dice not included.

ipod iphone charging station with speakers from vintage car radio