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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-20-2003, 08:58 PM
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I got an old Sony 6-disk changer out of her car. I want to throw it in mine. First, would it work?
If so then what steps do I take?
I also took her remote and info/power panel.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-20-2003, 09:29 PM
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Does The Sony Have a "FM Modulator" Unit That Goes With It? (This Unit Plugs In-Line With The Antenna In The Back Of The Factory Radio). If So, It Appears That You Have All You Would Need There Allready Besides Just Wiring The Changer Up Itself, Setting The FM Radio Frequency For The Changer To Operate (Usually Between 88.5 and 91.0) And Locking The Station In as a Preset On Your Factory Radio. (The Manual That Comes With The Changer Will Tell You Which Frequency Setting Is Correct) If Your Setup Has All These Items In It, Your Ready To Go! If The Sony Changer DOES NOT Have The FM Modulator Unit and Is Made As a "Direct Connection" Unit To a Sony Head Unit, Your Probably SOL!.......Mike
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2003, 06:41 PM
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I'm sorry I should have explained more. My moms has or had a Lincoln Towncar, and she had an accident. I went to the body yard to get her things out before she had to ship the car to her insurance agency. The radio in her towncar was the stock unit with casette player. It looked like someone installed this before she bought it. I'm praying that I can just buy the cord that I cut from the changer and pray that I can just plug and play.
I have the stock cd unit in the Imp. I know that some people have threw in changers and used the stock controls. I'm hoping I can do the same.
What do ya think?
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2003, 07:25 PM
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Nope. You have to have the rf modulator to make it work. It is a seperate unit about the size of a pack of cigarettes. The upside is that if you do want a changer, they run less than $200 complete.

I would suggest xm radio for about the same price though. I have about 400 cd's a dont listen to them anymore...

post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 08:29 PM
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From your description "I also took her remote and info/power panel" it sounds like it is an FM modulator model. You probably didn't get the part that takes the line level signal and makes an FM signal out of it. You *might* be able to get just that part from Sony...
You won't be able to hook the changer to your stock radio and have the radio control it. The CD radio can only control an external cassette player. Now the cassette radios can control an external CD changer. For that you have a couple of options. You can get a Delco changer and plug it right in. They can be a little pricey though...
Another option (the one I took for my wife's Tahoe) was to get an interface adapter from P.I.E. that connects a Kenwood changer to the Delco radio.
This was a cheaper route at the time. The adapter was $69 and the Kenwood 10 disc changer was $179. The best price I could find for a Delco was about $300.
The PIE adapter is not perfect, every once in a while the radio resets itself. When that happens you have to reset the clock and eject and re-insert the CD cartridge. They said the problem was with the particular model radio in the truck so YMMV...
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-25-2003, 07:04 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I'm freakin pissed that I didn't have the time to trace and grab the modulator too. My moms told me today that they may indeed total out the car. I don't believe it! I wasn't that bad and the frame was intact. I gotta find a way to make this work or it will go in my rusty jeep. At least I got the stock casette radio in there. It's just that the tape player doesn't work. I'll figure something out...
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