I never thought I’d live to see the day, I remember hearing that a lot when I was younger, especially when it came to new gadgets I just had to have.
I went up to Sky City which was a department store in the town I grew up in, I looked over the newest stereo systems that were available for vehicles and selected one to fit my 66 Lemans, as soon as I got this stereo out of lay a way I would be replacing the stock AM radio that came in my car.
The day came when I brought home my Tenna AM/FM/8-Track player, the latest and greatest stereo that could be installed at the time in my opinion, to make this system even greater my best friend Rob and I drove across town and picked up a set of Mind Blower speakers, also made by Tenna to go along with the system.
Installing the system was a piece of cake, all I had to do was un bolt the radio and fish it out from behind the dash, this included laying in the floor with my head stuck somewhere between the gas pedal and the console, trying to get the radio out from behind all the wiring, without breaking anything, trying to figure out the correct wires to cut and tie into the new system, and all this without looking at any instructions, then there was that pesky antenna wire.
With the old radio out and the wires cut, now all I had to do was splice the new wires and fish the new system into place, about two days later it was installed, now for the fun part, nope we were not ready to listen quite yet.
The new Mind Blower speakers also made by Tenna had to be installed, now you don’t suppose the 6 X 9 holes were already cut in the back do you, nor would you think there were any wires going from the new system to the back, OK a couple days later and this was all done also, the speakers were connected.
Nothing but static, I know we did everything right, so I went back over everything, Rob helped me get my head out from between the gas pedal and console only to discover the radio wasn’t working, now I did mention that pesky antenna wire.
Yes there was a lot of cussing and screaming, pounding on the roof of my car, and the shaking of the occasional finger, this was coming from my Mom trying to get our attention after we got the antenna wire hooked up, this system was so loud and clear that neighbors from all around took up a petition to have me keep the power boost button disengaged on the speakers.
Life was great back then, we didn’t have all the new fangled gadgets the kids get now days, we were lucky to have an AM radio in our cars, and now these kids have CD players, satellite radio, GPS and all kinds of things I never heard of, and this stuff is stock, they don’t even have to install any of it themselves.
I bet they don’t even know what an 8-Track player is, I never thought I’d live to see the day.