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    "Pimping up the rig" or "You can't stop the music"

    Purists to now better skip this thread or just close their eyes here...

    I bought in the bay this universal car Radio Philco UN100 that I believe to have been sold during the the 40's (not fully sure about this) as an after market under-the-dashboard AM car radio.

    It is a stand-alone unit valve radio featuring a built-in loudspeaker. Just needs 6V power supply and an antenna connection...

    Without thinking much about a suitable place in the sidecar I finally opted for the location as seen in the pictures. Being in the middle and in the top of the sidecar body I was gladly surprised to see how nicely I still could step-in/step-out the rig and still have plenty of room for my legs at both sides of the radio.

    All this said I could not avoid to think that among the zillions of vintage pictures shared in this great site I never saw one with a rig featuring a radio. Of course I know was not necessarily the most clever accessoire (protection against water, sense of it whith the quite loud engine few feet away, ...) but I am sure that in the "customizing" hype of that era somebody came to the same idea. At least to "musicalize" a picnic.

    The attachement of the radio was done in a clean way: the two uper attachments to the location where the rivets for the windshield apron are, the lower attachment to one of the screws that holds the central sidecar body trim.

    I am thinking about a TV now for the ultimate passenger pleasure!





    1918 "Motorcyke" HD
    1947 F w/1948 LE HD
    1951 FL HD
    1970 FLH HD

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    Re: "Pimping up the rig" or "You can't stop the music"

    pretty neat. prob. weighs as much as a passenger.

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    I like it and it looks age appropriate so why not. Tell everyone the original owner had the dealership install it when the bike was new!!!!!
    1946 WL Solo
    1970 FLH
    1991 Sportster XLH
    1997 Wide Glide FXDWG
    2005 Road Glide FLTRI

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    Re: "Pimping up the rig" or "You can't stop the music"

    Quote Originally Posted by Architect View Post
    I like it and it looks age appropriate so why not. Tell everyone the original owner had the dealership install it when the bike was new!!!!!
    "Everyone" with exception of this forum = 95% of all serious "collectors" in this planet!
    1918 "Motorcyke" HD
    1947 F w/1948 LE HD
    1951 FL HD
    1970 FLH HD

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    Re: "Pimping up the rig" or "You can't stop the music"

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Japan View Post
    "Everyone" with exception of this forum = 95% of all serious "collectors" in this planet!
    Sometimes it is easy to think that!...I'm willing to think there are many, many collectors out there that could care less about this or any other forum.

  6. Re: "Pimping up the rig" or "You can't stop the music"

    Does it work?
    1946 WL Solo
    1970 FLH
    1991 Sportster XLH
    1997 Wide Glide FXDWG
    2005 Road Glide FLTRI

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    Re: "Pimping up the rig" or "You can't stop the music"

    Quote Originally Posted by Architect View Post
    Does it work?
    Hey! At least 50% of all I have in my Knuck works perfectly!
    1918 "Motorcyke" HD
    1947 F w/1948 LE HD
    1951 FL HD
    1970 FLH HD

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    Re: "Pimping up the rig" or "You can't stop the music"

    I'm not a purist by any means and all I can say is, "That is too cool for school!". If it was an ipod with a blue-tooth speaker, I would say it sucks. That, however, is just neat. Whether it was on your bike, in a car or just sitting on some shelf to look at, I dig it!

    DD

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    Re: "Pimping up the rig" or "You can't stop the music"

    Geeze Folks....I cut dashes out of automobiles to install stereo equipment and CB radios in my young years and they looked great and worked flawlessly.

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    Re: "Pimping up the rig" or "You can't stop the music"

    Quote Originally Posted by Paps View Post
    Geeze Folks....I cut dashes out of automobiles to install stereo equipment and CB radios in my young years and they looked great and worked flawlessly.
    Be ashamed, Paps... All those beautiful, NOS, original, OP, patina-free dashes!

    Good news, now: the Philco belongs now to the working half of my knuck! The vibrator was stuck and needed servicing... I have plenty of experience fixing vibrators...

    http://youtu.be/9oVooJaltEE
    1918 "Motorcyke" HD
    1947 F w/1948 LE HD
    1951 FL HD
    1970 FLH HD

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