Datsun Voice Warning Phonograph Mystery Solved: It Talks!

The Datsun Maxima voice warning box, with its tiny phonograph record, just radiates awesomeness… but I was having a helluva time getting the thing to work. Problem solved, thanks to one of my henchmen!

My friend had come out to the West Coast to check out the Maker Faire, and since he has the World's Coolest Engineering Job (fabricating and installing hidden surveillance gear in vehicles for an organization I'm not allowed to name) I figured I'd see what he could do with the Datsun Talkbox. After a few minutes with a multimeter and some wiring diagrams, he had some good news and some bad news for me. The bad news was that the device's control circuitry was pretty much fried; the good news was that the motor, stylus, and amplifier circuitry were all fine, and it's a pretty easy hack to control the whole mess manually. You know what's coming, right? Datsun Talkbox Scratching! Get ready for DJ Murilee Maxima, world!