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    Red face Shoestring Budget

    Original plan: Put together MP3 box from scavenged parts, power it with an inverter, run sound into my tape deck through cassete adapter that my diskman won't be needing anymore.

    Problem: I think my tape deck is going out. I may be able to fix it though.

    Possible Current Situation: Tape deck not working, radio antenna broken, crappy speakers. Also, I know next to nothing about car audio.

    Question: What would be the best way to hook up my MP3 box? By best, I really mean cheapest. Should I just get a cheap tape deck to replace the one that crapped out on me, or what are my other options? Sound quality really isn't a major concern, as my speakers are crappy anyway, I don't have room or money to put in better ones, and my car has a heck of a lot of wind noise anyway, especially now that summer is coming and my AC isn't working. Plus, I've got at least 1 tire going bad so I get more road noise that I usually would.

    Everything I have told you is true. Feel free to laugh at me. But I would appreciate some help as well.
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    I would go to Checker Auto and buy the cheapo Audiovox car stereo. It's about $80-90 and sometimes they throw in a pair of speakers! Anyway make sure it's the one with the Aux-in jack in the front.
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    The cheapest way would be to say screw the whole head unit and connect the computer directly to the speakers. I doubt the soundcard will be able to power the speakers much but you can find a cheap 60-80w amp and use that to power it. You might want to try local junkyards, they may have an old head unit to sell cheap. If your FM radio is still good you could get a FM modulator (I payed ~$25 for mine). I am in the same situation, I'm still trying to save money for an inverter, then all should be done!

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    Check the ads Sunday. I've seen deals with free speakers when you buy a new head unit. Just make sure you are getting a deal. Most time you have to spend X amount to get a $20 pair of speakers. Find one with aux to make life easier. Save yourself money and install it yourself. If you let them install plan on an extra about $150.

    Calling a few junkyards is a good idea too. Since you have a Geo Merto, most likey you can use any Delco radio with a 21-pin hardness. Just make sure the DIN size is right. Most GM cars use a DIN and half. I'm not sure about savaged radio prices. You might be able to play lets make a deal.

    Now if you don't want/need to keep the radio (FM/AM), then dump it. Get an amp. Search eBay. Depending on your sound card you could use a 2-channel ($30-$40) or a 4-channel amp ($40-$60). Plus one less cable to run to the front. Then use the free space and money you saved for a 5" LCD . Or you could get some better speakers.

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    Chevy/Pontiacs (GM Cars) do not use a Double DIN they use DIN and a Half...but since you have that size opening then you could use a factory din and a half or get a standard single DIN unit and get a 12 dollar adpator bracket at walmart.

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    For a new headunit, do what everyone else says, go to a junkyard. Or, just buy an amp at a garage sale, hook it up to your speakers, and off you go!
    For power, get a cheap inverter, a 200watt will be enough, (my 600watt could run a refrigerator).
    For a radio-antenna, go to Walmart and get one of those things that sticks to your windshield, I know my Grandpa used to have on e on his truck, and it didn't look to bad.
    Or, you could just say the heck with it, and sell the Car for scrap, and start looking in AutoTraders...
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    Meatballman:
    Thanks for the offer, but my stereo is just 1 DIN. Yours doesn't look like it would fit. I will check junkyards, or maybe just look for an amp somewhere.

    Thanks for all the great suggestions, folks.
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