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Legacy Car Tech: 8 Tracks & Vintage Hi-Fi

Take a trip back in time with us to examine some important watershed moments in the world of car tech.

What is a Swamp Cooler?
What did people do to keep cool on hot, summer road trips before A/C? Rolling down the windows was always an option, but those in dry climates often leaned on a device commonly known as a swamp cooler.

A Brief History of the Car Radio

History of the Eight Track
Eight track cassettes are all but forgotten, but they played an important part in the history of consumer audio. And if it wasn't for the automotive industry, the format may have never gotten off the ground.

R.I.P. Tape Decks In Cars: The End Of An Era Arrives
Tape decks arrived on the scene in the late 70s, and they rapidly supplanted the earlier eight track technology. They survived the widespread adoption of CD players, but the last car with a built-in tape deck rolled off the factory line in 2010.

The Chrysler Lean Burn engine control system
The lean burn carburetor represented one of the earliest attempts to improve performance, emissions and gas mileage with electronic controls. Chrysler's heart was in the right place, but this groundbreaking system was simply ahead of its time.

MP3/CD Player Adapters
Almost every modern head unit is equipped with a CD player, MP3 player or even a DVD players these days. But not so long ago, people had to find more creative ways to listen to their CDs or MP3s while on the road.

Car Cassette Adapters
Car cassette adapters are a piece of legacy tech that has found new life in the digital age.

Is there a cheaper alternative to air conditioning?
Depending on where you live, an evaporative cooler might be an inexpensive alternative to fixing your busted A/C.

Listen to Cassette Collection in Car
Don't toss your beloved cassette collection just because your car doesn't have a tape deck anymore. Use one of these methods to keep the music alive.

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