"vintage" car phones

Use this forum to post about something that doesn't fit in any other topic (ex: link to the picture of the Toyota in a sink-hole)

Moderator: Staff

"vintage" car phones

Postby NCEvets » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:13 am

I was going to ask if anyone had figured out a way to still use one in their vintage vehicle, but apparently they are all analog and the network won't accept them anymore

But it would be fun(ny) to have one in a vintage BMW or Porsche or a similar higher-end vehicle

https://autoweek.com/article/car-life/o ... ce-crusher
Steve
NC, USA
1987 Trooper II ::: 2.3l ::: carbureted ::: 4-door ::: MSG 5-speed trans. ::: A/C ::: manual everything [HALLELUJAH!]
https://www.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic. ... 5&t=133951
User avatar
NCEvets
Loyal P'up
 
Posts: 133
Joined: Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:05 pm
Location: Hillsborough, NC
Has thanked: 128 times
Have thanks: 3 times

Sponsor
 

Re: "vintage" car phones

Postby DSUZU » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:03 pm

Way back when. It was the late 1980s. My buddy was in the computer tech field (still is). occasionally, he would be "on call" for the weekend and they would give him a "mobile phone". This was a monstrous thing attached to a box the size of an .50 caliber ammo box and a regular sized handset. Here's the kicker: He drove a 1966 British Land Rover, that was somewhere south of pristine condition. Imagine pulling up next to that and the guy is on the phone. I used to say "slide you window open and ask if they have any Grey Poupon". Dennis
1991 LS Trooper 2.8 V6 5 speed conversion (Sold)
1989 LS Spacecab 2.6 5 speed 4x4 manual hubs, Rodeo torsion bars, extended shackles, 2" lift, K&N air filter (drop in), dump bed conversion, burgundy interior change, warn brush bar. Engine is bored .020 oversize and upgraded to 1994 pistons, head and EFI system.
Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years. 1994 Amigo devoured to provide head and EFI system.
Heavily damaged by engine compartment fire while driving on March 24th 2018, condemned by insurance company and taken on March 30th 2018 :cry:.

https://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=64060
City of St Petersburg (Fl) Fleet Maintenance 8/23/83 - 12/4/2018 (Retired). Started new job 6/4/2019. Was retired, now just tired.

If your wife has 5.00, and you have 20.00, your wife has...25.00

"Water is one of the greatest essentials of life. Without water, you can't make coffee."

Forget the "free education". Why waste time. Just give me the "FREE INCOME".

For this post the author DSUZU was thanked by:
NCEvets
DSUZU
I am the Stig
 
Posts: 9535
Joined: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:28 pm
Location: St Pete Florida
Has thanked: 284 times
Have thanks: 974 times

Re: "vintage" car phones

Postby RickP » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:13 pm

Back in the mid 70's, my dad was a construction superintendent for a large pool company. His company car was an 74 AMC Hornet and it had a car phone in it.
Screenshot_2018-09-03-22-08-11-1.png
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

For this post the author RickP was thanked by:
NCEvets
User avatar
RickP
Expedition Ready
 
Posts: 980
Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:27 pm
Location: Fayetteville, TN
Has thanked: 53 times
Have thanks: 101 times

Re: "vintage" car phones

Postby Skeletor » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:24 pm

RickP wrote:Back in the mid 70's, my dad was a construction superintendent for a large pool company. His company car was an 74 AMC Hornet and it had a car phone in it.
Screenshot_2018-09-03-22-08-11-1.png


I remember seeing phones like that....my friend next door had one in his T-bird.....and he would dial
' mobile' operator.......seems like a million yrs ago..
1990 Trooper V6 (sold) 1991 Trooper LS V6, (sold) 1990 Trooper V6, 2006 Pontiac Solstice,(sold) 1966 MG Midget, 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT
Skeletor
Zu Royalty
 
Posts: 1232
Joined: Wed Jul 05, 2006 11:28 pm
Location: Memphis, TN.
Has thanked: 0 time
Have thanks: 47 times

Re: "vintage" car phones

Postby SurferJoe » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:48 pm

These old 'brick-phones' still work, although there isn't any true service for them. They can still dial '911' and 'Operator' for help at 50 Watts.

The analogue part of this service can get out where a regular digital phone cannot - through trees, over hills and around mountains.

I keep one in each of my vehicles. plus 40 channel CBs and then--- of course --- the digital phones.

When you live here in Montana where things are few and far between, help could take a long time if you were needing to find digital service in The Bob.
Joe Vreeland - In The Bitterroot Valley, Montana.
Linux / Trout / Basses / Glock 10mm.... all good!
User avatar
SurferJoe
I am the Stig
 
Posts: 4741
Joined: Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:44 pm
Location: SW Montana, in the Bitterroot Valley
Has thanked: 29 times
Have thanks: 33 times

Re: "vintage" car phones

Postby N law » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:06 pm

My father always sought to install a car phone every time he bought a car. It was always a detailed installation with hidden wires and through glass antennas... I borrowed his 96 Dodge 1500 not long ago and he still has the analog phone in it.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
99 VX
96 Rodeo Build thread
1975 FJ40
1990 Jeep Cherokee
69 Beetle
84 Westfalia
70 VW bus turned camper
07 Frontier V6 6 speed
1999 4Runner Limited
2018 4Runner Limited- wife's
2004 Genuine Stella Scooter
2018 GMC Sierra
Image
User avatar
N law
Almost Joe Isuzu
 
Posts: 2787
Joined: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:30 pm
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Has thanked: 17 times
Have thanks: 82 times

Re: "vintage" car phones

Postby Skeletor » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:27 pm

RickP wrote:Back in the mid 70's, my dad was a construction superintendent for a large pool company. His company car was an 74 AMC Hornet and it had a car phone in it.
Screenshot_2018-09-03-22-08-11-1.png


wow, I remember similar phones...my old man used to have one in his Ford....when he went to make an call, he would ask for the mobile operator...lol
1990 Trooper V6 (sold) 1991 Trooper LS V6, (sold) 1990 Trooper V6, 2006 Pontiac Solstice,(sold) 1966 MG Midget, 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT
Skeletor
Zu Royalty
 
Posts: 1232
Joined: Wed Jul 05, 2006 11:28 pm
Location: Memphis, TN.
Has thanked: 0 time
Have thanks: 47 times

Re: "vintage" car phones

Postby btw1549 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:28 pm

My grandparents had the phone in a bag that you could just plug into the 12v outlet. We had one like the above pictured in our S-10 growing up. All got tossed after they would never work again due to the analog / digital switch.
BtW - 1991 LS Trooper In Progress, Major Rust Repair, 3.4L & MUA5 Swap (The Tank)
https://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopi ... 15&t=72642

2002 Isuzu Axiom In Progress, 3.5 Rebuild, AR5 swap, and Suspension Refresh/Lift
https://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopi ... 15&t=74409

1997 Trooper, Just picked up with bad trans. Build thread coming soon...

A lot of parts rigs and future projects... 1988 2.6l 5 spd Trooper, 1988 2.6l Auto Trooper, 1989 2.8l 5spd Trooper, 1989 2.6l Auto Trooper with 4.77s, 1989 2.6l Auto RS Trooper, 1989 2.8l 5spd Trooper, 1990 2.8l Auto Trroper, 1991 2.8l Auto Trooper, 2002 3.5l Auto Axiom
User avatar
btw1549
Zu Royalty
 
Posts: 1453
Joined: Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:14 pm
Location: NC
Has thanked: 20 times
Have thanks: 27 times


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests