Datsun Voice Warning Phonograph Mystery Solved: It Talks!

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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!

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JawzX2, Boost Addict. 1.6t, 2.7tt, 4.2t

thankyou jalopnik and ubiquitous wifi for providing me with a much needed dose of fun while I struggle to change a burst brake line in the parking lot of my bank's 24hour atm. hmmm, i've got tools and i think i see a maxima over there across the street right now... oh, no someone is driving it. damn.