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Old 04-19-2024, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have a CRT in your Toronado?

This guy did: www.theautopian.com: GM’s Futuristic ’80s Digital Displays Are Dying But This Man Is Fighting To Keep Them Alive
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Infotainment screens became mainstream in the last decade or so, for better or worse. Like so many technologies, though, GM was well ahead of the curve. It had Oldsmobile putting screens in cars all the way back in the 1980s. Amazingly, some of these ancient units live on to this day, thanks in part to the efforts of one dedicated Oldsmobile fan.

The Visual Information Center (VIC) was a brand-new feature for the 1989 Oldsmobile Toronado. The color touchscreen CRT was mounted in the center of the dash, with controls for the radio, HVAC system, and trip computer. It even had a compass, among other features! It could also control the integrated car phone, because those were a big deal in the decade before cell phones really took off. It wasn’t the first infotainment system from GM, but it followed shortly after the Graphic Control Center that the company threw on the Buick Riviera back in 1986.
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Jim built a set of desktop test tools fondly known as as the “Trofeo in a Box.” This allows him to bench test a unit without having to mess around installing it in an actual car.

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Old 04-19-2024, 11:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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FWD V8 with a CRT.

For some reason that sounds like a car I would want to buy.

On the other hand my wife was lamenting today that we had gotten rid of the 1972 Super Beetle and 1985 Golf diesel.

I suggested we look into a stick-shift Toyota Previa with a JDM diesel swap.
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Stance it.

Canadian Previa supposedly came with a dashboard with tachometer. My son inherited a Previa from his grandfather, then it went to his brother.

I've still got the Superbeetle, but I miss the Dasher. It was for lack of space, I could have let go of the Baja Bug instead.
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FWD V8 with a CRT.

For some reason that sounds like a car I would want to buy.
I still miss my last CRT TV sometimes.


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On the other hand my wife was lamenting today that we had gotten rid of the 1972 Super Beetle and 1985 Golf diesel.
I was talking with a friend recently, about how newer cars are harder and way more expensive to perform maintenance, so most people will miss their older rides which can be fixed by a farm boy with a screwdriver, no more than 2 or 3 wrenches, and some wire or duct tape...


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You mean the full-sized Previa or that smaller one meant to comply with the Japanese compact car regulations regarding width and lenght?
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You mean the full-sized Previa or that smaller one meant to comply with the Japanese compact car regulations regarding width and lenght?
Whatever the USA spec was.
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Whatever the USA spec was.
The US-spec had the wide body. I'm not sure about the Euro-spec, yet in some countries that was also available with the 3C-TE Diesel. A fairly good engine TBH.

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