Friday, July 27, 2012

Radio Installed

Well I got the radio installed in my car. I had to fix the dash though teh previous owner had bent it up to fit a different radio I'm guessing, but I bent it back into place and the new radio snapped right into place. Very Exciting. Then I had to work on the antennae a little bit, it was loose.

Then I had to figure out a speaker. I went to autozone and bought a 4 inch speaker that was 4-8 ohms. When I hooked it all up my radio was very quiet, you have to put your ear up to the speaker to hear much of anything. One station comes in clear enough that with the engine off. You can hear it pretty well if you are also very quiet. So the new radio is exciting but I haven't got it to work yet. My guess from some research is that I should have gotten a 4ohm speaker not a 4-8 and if I do that it should be twice as loud, or I need to get two speakers to hook up in parallel. If that doesn't work then I plan on figuring out if my radio isn't getting enough power. Do you guys  have any other suggestions?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

AM Stations Still Live!!!

So with my new Radio that I got I decided to check out what stations still exist (If any) in AM, and was pleasantly surprised. In fact I may even use all of my presets. I mainly listen to music, I'm not into sports or political talk station, so I didn't think I would find much to my liking. I was actually quite wrong. The first station I found was a station that plays old radio shows later at night and music during the day. Then I found Radio Disney which plays a lot of the newer songs, which is awesome. Then I found a station that plays christian music, I like listening to K-Luv, which is another christian station when I have FM Radio, and it is very similar. Then the one I am most excited about I found on Sunday flipping channels. It plays oldies from the 50's to the 60's. There are a lot I have heard before, and I like most of the songs they play and have very few commercials. It is an awesome station!

Who knew there were still some decent AM radio stations out there still? Do you guys out there have any good AM stations you listen too?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In The News

So remember that car show I recently posted about? It made it to the local news. KSL did a article online about the bug fest, and my car was in the video. If you look behind the Brazilia its the green bug. That made my day. In the picture I posted I'm the kid in the background with the blue shirt on the phone, and the other two kids around my car are my two friends I went to the show with. I thought that was pretty cool. There are actually a lot of people in my area of Utah that drive aircooled volkswagens.

Here's the link to the video and article: Bug's Invade Car Show. Have you guys ever made the news with your Volkswagen? Or any of the clubs in your area?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day/Night Mirror

My New Day/Night Mirror
It is possible to live without a day/night mirror. But it is so much nicer to have one! Last week I drove home everyday at 9:30 and the bright lights of the car behind me were quite annoying. When I was at the car show I finally found one from the same guy who sold me the radio. It was in good condition and only $5. The only thing was that it is a little different than the one I had in my Beetle before. The guy who sold it seemed to think it was from a bus. I know that this one hangs down a little more than the old one, but it still fits perfectly. Do you guys know what my mirror came from originally?

My Old Mirror

Anyway it was pretty exciting to finally be able to use the mirror, makes driving so much nicer at night. My car is slowly improving little bit by little bit, it's been fun.

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Radio

My Cardboard Radio
When I first got my car it had two nice Kenwood speakers, but no radio. It just had a giant hole in the dash where the radio was supposed to go. Instead of having the gaping whole I cut out a piece of cardboard and wrapped it in black duct tape to color match it to the dash. After a couple of weeks I got an even better idea, I went online and got a picture of a stock VW Radio and printed it off and glued it to the cardboard. People got a kick out of it and it was a good temporary fix.

My New Radio
But while I was at my most recent car show I found just what I was looking for a Good looking decent condition radio for a cheap price. The radio I got was only $25! You can't loose for that price. When I got home I took a look and the electronics and everything looks functional, just like the seller was telling me. I plan on installing it to my Kenwood speakers this week and giving it a try. It's only AM but a lot better than nothing. And oddly enough I'm very excited about my AM only radio. What have you guys done for your sound systems? Do you go stock, none, or a aftermarket stereo system?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wasatch Classic!

I've been looking forward to this car show for the last year. It is one of two big Utah VW only car shows. It is put on by the Wasatch Vintage Volkswagen Club. I had a blast, perfect weather. Not to hot, it was actually a little drizzly, perfect.

I took two of my friends up to the car show with me and parked my car in the show. I didn't enter it because it costs $25 and I would rather spend that at the swap meet. Speaking of that I found a couple of items I'm really excited about that I'll share later on in the week. It was like Christmas picking up those parts.

There was a huge turn out at the show. One of the reasons I love going is because of the whacked out things people do to there cars. Some are super awesome (like the Carbon Cab I saw there) and some are just goofy (like the pink panther bug). I also saw some 2000's Mexican beetle's there. It's crazy to think that some old bugs are less than 10 years old. Awesome.

While I was there I also found out about the other VW show that Utah hosts. The last call show up in the southetown convention center up North somewhere. I'm defiantly planning on going to that one as well. I just love VW car shows. What car shows have you guys been to this year?