So I took the car to the audio place today for new speakers, some wiring, and an FM modulator. They get in there, and find that the previous owner had made “upgrades” that included cutting the factory connections, some weird re-wiring, and overdriving what was already in there…to the point that I’m looking at almost a complete re-wire, and no radio on the way home or drive in in the morning. *GRR*

Hopefully, this clusterfuck will be fixed by end-of-biz tomorrow…

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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5 Responses to FSCK

  1. z_kungfu says:

    Dude WTF, which installer was it? That shouldn’t be a problem that can’t be sorted out in 10 minutes. Well at least you have your iPod you could always ear plug it in…..

  2. jay says:

    Is the use of earphones while driving illegal in NC?

  3. z_kungfu says:

    Why yes it is. But I see people doing it everyday. And remember so is anything more than the first 2 mintues of an incoming cell call. Oh and he is a rebel in a Trans Am.

    “east bound and down, loaded up and trucking, he’s gonna do what they say can’t be done, he’s got a long way to go and ashort time to get there…”

  4. alchemist says:

    …they’re gonna end up replacing pretty much all the wiring for the front end, and can keep the factory head unit. That’ll save me some $$ right now.

    Since I kept the FM Module, I can still use the iPOD – I just need to take it back tomorrow so they can finish the install after having to trouble-shoot the wiring.

  5. clued says:

    Have you ever seen the back end of the dash in an F-Body? Ain’t no 10 minute job there. Now granted, I could hot wire an old ‘stang in 5 minutes its so clean but since the late 70’s its a mess back there. I’d give them an hour at least, maybe two if its funky. At least he gets to keep some stock parts but it sucks that the prev. owner screwed it all up.

    What, didn’t he opt for the factory Bose system? That was the one thing I didn’t feel any need to screw with in mine. Excellent sound. I wouldn’t bother with a subwoofer either. Its excessive in a car and will only quicken your hearing loss with that 140db cannon thumping all the time. Remember they came about because of contests where no one is in the car while the music plays. Then every juvenile asshole had to have one and share his thumpin’ with the whole world within a 1/4 mile radius while he’s driving. Now I’ve read about excessive bass causing irregular heart beats since the pressure waves are felt and not really heard so you crank it even more. Put your best audio in your house, everything else are “good enough” candidates and today’s “good enough” is better than the “audiophile grade” gear of your childhood. Stop with a decent crankable stereo with ample inputs or be a real ubergeek and drop one of those new Linux computer heads in the dash and download 10-20 GB of your MP3’s into it via WiFi. Cyber that Ride out! Knightrider dash optional….

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