I already have a radio that works in my 1991 Mitsubishi Montero. It’s a Clarion M508 marine unit that looks simple enough, connects to my phone, and plays music. Basically, it does what you expect of a solid radio. And I’m about to ditch it for something way more interesting; a Panasonic CQ-VX5500.
This is a ridiculous-looking thing. It has a MiniDisc slot, a CD slot, and actual working VU meters. When lit up, it glows orange, which means it matches the interior of my Montero. And it all works. The only thing it’s missing is the remote control. Well, that and the ability to tune to US FM frequencies. Oh, and it doesn’t fit in the current radio opening slot.
But I’m about to solve all that. I’ve had my friend 3D print a double-din opening for my Montero. Next, I’ve ordered a JDM to US radio tuner adapter. Finally, I’ve also ordered an RCA to Bluetooth connection. No, I don’t own one single MiniDisc. Hell, I don’t even have any CDs anymore. And the cost of used minidiscs is… staggering. But I’m stoked to put this into my truck and find a way to make it all work. This is just another adventure in my quest to have the most expensive shitbox out there, and I think I’m doing a damn fine job at it so far.
Once everything is wired up and working, I will post a video showing those beautiful needles doing their dance to my tunes.
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