One of the cool things about the new truck is the original AM only radio. The downside is that the stuff you find on AM is not that great – I resorted to listening to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck on the way to work. I did find it interesting for a while, but ultimately there is just no content in those programs (other than commercials for gold). I missed listening to Amy Goodman and my own music in the mornings.
I found a great device called the RediRad over at Eckler’s which allows you to inject your MP3 player into an AM radio by induction. The missing piece is where to put my Zune so it doesn’t slide around. Given I had a new set of Dremel attachments (especially the routing table), my new Blade Runner and a bunch of MDF left over from other projects, I decided to make a cradle for the truck. Here it is:
The idea is that this part attaches to another which is bolted to the truck dashboard by a a bolt with a butterfly nut so you can adjust the angle. The Zune slides in and out via the top, and the bottom left corner is open to admit the stereo jack. One interesting feature is the red button near the top left, which is needed to press the volume/next-prev track button on the Zune:
The problem here was having a button which remains attached to the cradle, while allowing the Zune to slide in and out unimpeded. The solution is to have the button attached to a strip of tape which is stuck the inside of the cradle. The Zune in the cradle overcomes the tendency of the tape coming loose when you press the button, and the tape prevents the button from falling out of the hole in the cradle:
And here it is installed in the truck. Works great!