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Zel's Motoring Adventures...Lada, Citroen, Mercedes Camper Van, AC Model 70 (x2) - 19/08 - Audio Upgrades Part II...


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#541 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 08:33 PM

The one shortcoming found at the weekend with the van was a lack of an audio system from this century.

This was resolved today when I grabbed a modern JVC head unit for it. I've used a fair number of them over the years, and I've never had one of theirs that didn't do what it said on the tin.

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It can handle Bluetooth media and phone Comms (the mic is mounted on the underside of the dash by the indicator stalk), which is what I was mainly after, given that most of my music is on Spotify these days when I'm on the go.

Also means I've now got a USB charging socket on the dash without needing ugly adaptors plugged into the cigarette lighter.

The biggest surprise is the audio quality - even through ancient, tiny Radiomobile speakers. This is likely down to clever DSP being done onboard with the processing power available these days. It lets you program in the speaker driver size, location and vehicle type. The difference once that's done is startling!

The nearside one in the cab is buzzing a bit, so those two will need to be replaced, though I reckon it may be a challenge due to the limited depth available in the original speaker boxes. I'm hoping to retain those and the original grills if at all possible.

Definitely a worthy addition to the onboard kit I think.
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Current fleet: 1996 Citroen Xantia 2.0T Activa. 1993 Lada Riva 1.5EFi Estate.  1990 Mercedes 208D Auto Trail Navajo.  1985 Sinclair C5.  1973 & 1975 AC Model 70s.


#542 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 11:30 PM

Unexciting update.

Tracked down the source of an engine speed related buzz that started yesterday evening. Wiring loom connector had got wedged between the air cleaner and the bulkhead behind it.

Topped up the steering box oil, having finally got the correct stuff in stock. 30 second job.

Then drove a other 150 miles or so to visit my Nan and to collect the next patient for my hospital for broken and obsolete tech.

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In addition to the usual couple of decades of neglect it's also plainly been dropped at some point. Should be interesting to see if I can sort it.

Yes, these are as heavy as I recall.
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Posted 16 August 2018 - 07:36 AM

Might have some tapes for that if you repair it

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 03:49 PM

Also just parked next to this, hadn't realised how much life they got out of the design IMG_20180816_145150.jpg
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Posted 19 August 2018 - 05:43 PM

I've already got a huge box of V2000 tapes I need to go through at some point. Got them years back shortly after I got my first machine (a mint VR2023, sadly got binned by my parents a few years back).

Made one addition to the van today I'd had sitting on the dining room table since last week.

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Figure that's data worth having on hand at all times.

Was looking around the cab for inspiration regarding the speaker positioning conundrum and spotted something I'd completely missed before.

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This also explained the rattle on the driver's side of the dash as the cover on that side was missing all of the clips.

The hole left behind here looks to be the same size as a 10cm speaker - or at least would have been before the dash panel was stamped out. I assume that there would have been a fitting kit originally available from Mercedes (I will check if that's still the case), but as it is...I could still get three of the four screws in and get things secure.

The original covers from the speaker pods originally fitted under the dash were reused.

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They don't sit perfectly, but are passable at a glance and will do until a tidier solution turns up.

Only downside of this was that I had to remove the entire rear section of the dash to fit the speakers, which made it a somewhat tedious job.

The upshot is that with the speakers now fitted there, the audio is immeasurably better...so the issue before was indeed mismatched positioning with both speakers firing straight towards a whole load of sound deadening and/or thick carpet. The fact that the speakers were far from rigidly attached can't have been helping either.

Will probably get the ones in the rear changed as well soon as it's cheap to do and now the front is better set up it's quite obvious how dull the original speakers are - and they do struggle and distort if you give it any real volume.
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#546 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted Yesterday, 09:30 PM

I was sure I'd been periodically spotting something moving over to the left - but every time I looked properly it resolutely refused to do it again. Finally remembered to properly look today.

Yep, this looks like the culprit, exactly as I suspected.

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The original(?) foam adhesive pads had disintegrated, so were removed and replaced with some double sided tape for now. I'll probably stick it on with Sikaflex (which will also nicely stop water getting into the seam) next time I've got a tube open.

Also gave the Invacar a bit of a run and moved it around the garden a bit. Started first touch of course, and I'm glad to report the startup smoke screen has been vastly reduced since the engine has had the right amount of oil in. Some idiot (that would be me) managed to put way too much in when it was last changed apparently.

Think it's getting to last chance saloon time for KPL as I really need the space in the garage back for TP and my neighbours won't be happy about a mostly stripped Invacar sitting around in the front garden forever more. Having the Lada parked on the garden is bad enough.

Current fleet: 1996 Citroen Xantia 2.0T Activa. 1993 Lada Riva 1.5EFi Estate.  1990 Mercedes 208D Auto Trail Navajo.  1985 Sinclair C5.  1973 & 1975 AC Model 70s.


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Posted Yesterday, 10:01 PM

Does that head unit have an ISO connector? If so, it would be perfect for The Volvo ^^


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#548 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted Yesterday, 11:23 PM

Does that head unit have an ISO connector? If so, it would be perfect for The Volvo ^^


Yep. It's got a small connection on the back of the unit itself, but terminates in a standard ISO plug.

Should work nicely in the Volvo. It's quite discreet when off so doesn't stick out too badly.

Current fleet: 1996 Citroen Xantia 2.0T Activa. 1993 Lada Riva 1.5EFi Estate.  1990 Mercedes 208D Auto Trail Navajo.  1985 Sinclair C5.  1973 & 1975 AC Model 70s.





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