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sprime1
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lafayette
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Help me build Ice Chest Radio

I know there are pre-made ice chest radios you can buy out there, but i'd like to build one myself.

I'm in the Baton rouge area, and would like to build one myself. I somewhat know how car cd decks and speakers work, just not sure if i would NEED an amplifier, and i'm also not sure about the battery and it's connection to the head unit.

Anyone able to offer some advice or plans on how to build one?

Thanks much.


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Hootie
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BR
Member since Aug 2007
1940 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
Buy one, reverse engineer it, then send it back for a refund. Next in line.


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poop
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BAYOU
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590 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
Bringin' back the 80's!


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ihatebrian
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Member since Aug 2005
18556 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
a 10 second google turned up some valuable information. for instance, here's the US patent information on that idea. LINK

click on the numbers on the left and it will give you some good ideas.


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OregonTiger
LSU Fan
State of Jefferson
Member since Jan 2004
495 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
When I worked for Mike's Audio ( Airline Hwy) we use to build them all the time. Just go by there and ask Mike, he can tell you everything you need and how to use it.


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bayoutiger29
Houma
Member since May 2008
103 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
This is a cool rolling radio!! Tiger IceChest


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TgrB8
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Melbourne, Australia
Member since Jan 2004
682 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
quote:

This is a cool rolling radio!!



WOW - I really like that - build it yourself? Me want!


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jukedout
Georgetown Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Oct 2007
167 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
I'd just snag a marine battery as well as some 6.5" marine speakers and a marine radio. All of this stuff will be weatherproof and your stereo will last a lot longer this way. Plus you won't have to worry about spilling beer on it.

I know alpine makes some pretty nice marine stuff. Also Sony has great marine radios for pretty good prices.

Let me know if you need any help. Cheers and good luck!

This post was edited on 6/19 at 10:50 am


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TigersRuleTheEarth
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Laffy
Member since Jan 2007
28643 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
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sprime1


I built one this past year. Took 2 days to make by myself.

--You need at a minimum a radio(DUH). I purchased one with a front input jack for easy iPod connection and a remote so I don't have to get my lazy arse up to change the station or CD track. Runing the CD player runs the battery down a lot faster than the radio or the aux input an iPod would use.

--Car battery. Doesn't have to be deep cycle like some would suggest. A normal 12V car battery will last you more than a day of continuous play time. I got more than 2 out of mine.
--Ice chest (self explainitory). I used one with wheels on one side because all of this equipment is HEAVY.

--Power switch. Get one from Wal mart of Radio Shack for $2. Got to have 1 because when not using the radio, you have to cut power to it or it will drain the battery.

--Jig saw for cutting holes for speakers.

--Some type of sealant to fill the holes around the speakers because you won't cut perfect circles. There's probably going to be gaps. I used simple sticky-sided styrofoam strips I got at Wal Mart. Worked perfectly.

-- Radio atenna. I used one of those black rubber ones (no jokes guys). Important to make sure that the thickness of the top of the cooler is thin enough to mount the attenna. Too thick, and the top piece won't screw into the anchor piece on the underside.

--Speakers. Pick your choice. I went with a couple of 3" and 6.5" rounds. You can use what you like, but the bigger the speakers, the bigger the chest has to be.


No need for an amp! Trust me on this. I could out blast half the people around my tailgate even though they had home systems set up. Besides, battery won't last for shite.


ETA: I'll post picks and you can ask me for any advice.
This post was edited on 6/19 at 11:14 am


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Geauxtigrs04
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Member since Sep 2007
1037 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
That is a sweet arse ice chest radio.... who did that paint job?


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igotworms
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Member since Apr 2008
77 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
i've made a couple and you don't need an amp, your cd deck should put out enough power, unless you decide to start throwing subwoofers in


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KjunTiga
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Death Valley
Member since Oct 2007
482 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
Detailed Instructions....



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TigersRuleTheEarth
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Laffy
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quote:

Detailed Instructions....



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macatak911
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Metairie, LA
Member since Sep 2007
9793 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
If you could post those pics that would be great, I'm looking to build on for a tubing trip Sunday


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Cosmo
UNO Fan
glassman's guest house
Member since Oct 2003
67947 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
This sounds like a mudminnow margarita machine type of disaster. Please post pics of your failure and whining on the OT later.


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Towelie
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America's Wang
Member since Aug 2007
18902 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
are you trying to have radio that's waterproof or an all in one radio/cooler?


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macatak911
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Metairie, LA
Member since Sep 2007
9793 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
where do they sell marine speakers?


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KjunTiga
LSU Fan
Death Valley
Member since Oct 2007
482 posts

re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio
GO to Bass Pro or Cabales, you can buy the radio and the speakers as a package deal for less than $1000


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El Josey Wales
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Corkfather
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re: Help me build Ice Chest Radio


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