Classic car enthusiasts will often obsess over recreating or preserving the vehicle down to the very last detail, however this obsession can often conflict with the needs of the present day - especially if the vehicle is also a daily driver. Andrew Wyatt faced the same problem when restoring his 1977 Toyota Celica - the stereo was well past the use-by date and needed updating.
However a new unit would look completely out of place, so Andrew instead used the orginal unit's housing as a base for a new Arduino-powered replacement. With a custom-made front panel, some classic LED matrix display units and a lot of work - the result is an FM tuner, clock, MP3 player, spectrum analyser and much more that looks "just right":
Kudos to Andrew for such an awesome modification, of which you can learn more about through his fascinating website. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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