You Tube Videos of My Work (and a little of my music)
As time permits I will be putting more and more videos on YouTube, eventually covering most popular models as
well as tutorials on how to clean and maintain your 8 track machine, short lectures on various subjects such as
which home 8 track players to avoid due to failure trends and/or parts availability issues, things to look out for
when reinstalling your car radio, tours of my shop, my ridiculously well-equipped bench and other subjects.  If
there is anything you would like me to cover in a YouTube video, please E-mail me at
One thing I need to mention is that my phone line is for PAYING BUSINESS ONLY .  DO NOT call me after watching
my videos unless you have a job you want to send for repair.   Any repair advice I offer is strictly through YouTube
This also applies to E-mail inquiries - if my videos don't help you fix your unit, the ONLY option I offer is to send it in.
In my videos, I place special emphasis on sound quality.  To this end I have assembled a VERY elaborate
system which allows you to actually hear the left-right shift when working the Balance control, as well
as front-rear shift when working the fader by assigning different frequency ranges to the front and rear
speakers.  This gives my videos much better sound than those from others shops who generally use a
camcorder's single built-in mic to pick up everything - including the undesirable sound of the ROOM.

In addition to my professional methods of faithfully capturing the sound with proper spatiality, I have
the music set to automatically "back off" when I'm speaking to describe the function I'm demonstrating,
and to move back into the foreground when I stop speaking.  This is an effect called "ducking" that is
used in all radio and TV commercials, and is another way of exemplifying my quest for quality sound.

It is important to point out that a conversion performed in my shop will sound identical to conversions
performed by my friends at any other shop (using Aurora products).  They sound better on my website
only because of my background and experience playing in bands and using pro sound equipment.  I am
a published songwriter whose music is available on Rhapsody and all major music download sites.  A
few songs from (and not from) my CD, released in April 2006, are included near the bottom of this page.

Please note that my videos are made with no previous rehearsals due to time constraints and a constant
heavy workload.  Thus, my speech and general delivery are anything BUT polished and professional.
These videos are strictly for demonstrating the quality of my work, which IS highly refined as you'll see.
I'm not a "Ted Koppel" type TV spokesman - let's make it more like Doc from "Back to the Future" !

Before watching MY videos, no 8 track enthusiast's life is complete without watching the renowned
documentary on the 8 track format, "So Wrong They're Right" which you can watch for free.  For me,
the funniest part of this 1970's C-movie is how obviously and hopelessly STONED the people are.

To start your 8 track evening with this blast from the past, click  

Lights, Camera... let's r-r-r-r-ROLL  'EM !
FIRST UP:  My Special Delco 8 Track Modification (in conjunction with a Delco radio conversion)

For maximum output power and clearest sound from a converted radio, it's always best to rewire a common-ground speaker
system for full isolation - that is, two separate wires to each speaker with NO grounded, common or shared wires between the
speakers.  But since the speaker switching occurs inside the 8 track unit which is still common ground, the presence of the 8
track machine FORCES common ground mode for the speakers.  While this can be overcome by simply installing a LINE OUT
in the 8 track machine and disabling its amplifiers (which aren't needed anymore), the head preamp and motor control circuits
are close together which allows MOTOR NOISE to radiate into the signal - which wasn't a problem with the old amplifiers.

Thus, I have a special modification for the 8 track also.  By removing the existing audio board, then building a separate head
preamp, motor speed control board and installing my special low-noise motor, I am able to have the head preamp and speed
control circuits as far apart as possible, resulting in a drastic reduction or even complete elimination of motor noise.  After the
8 track is converted, its low-noise output is fed directly to the converted radio, along with a control signal for switching to the
radio's AUX input whenever a tape is playing.  This conversion has proven remarkably successful and is strongly recommended.

Since I charge the same price for the 8 track conversion as I do to simply repair it, this is a great and very sensible configuration.
My special hand-built tape head preamp was designed to provide a pronounced treble boost to compensate for the lack of highs
and annoying bass rumble common to the 8 track format, making your worn 8 track tapes sound MUCH brighter and clearer.

Note that my special 8 track modification applies to ALL years of both the Delco T-200 and T-400 -
works with REPRO radios also.

But don't just take my word for it - to actually hear how crisp and bright I can make the 8 track sound, click  HERE
Ford - Lincoln - Mercury
1966 FORD AM / 8 TRACK RADIO    Basic modern conversion + greatly improved sound  for the 8 track section - click  HERE
General Information and Owner Maintenance
QUAD ( 4 CHANNEL ) 8 TRACK FORMAT   Description, discussion and demonstration of early "surround" efforts - click  HERE
Note: All videos will open in a new browser so that you don't lose your place here.
When finished viewing, simply closing that browser should again reveal this page.
Most of the videos are direct copies of the demo DVD I include with the repaired unit.
( including Chevy, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Cadillac )
Thank you for your interest !  To return to my home page, click  HERE
For more details on my conversion process including step-by-step pictures, click  HERE
If all questions are answered and you're ready to send in your radio and/or 8 track, click  HERE
TELEX 12 - TAPE AUTOMATIC 8 TRACK TAPE PLAYER / CHANGER   Part One, description and operating instructions - click  HERE
TELEX  12-TAPE AUTOMATIC 8 TRACK TAPE PLAYER / CHANGER   Part two, demonstration of operation - click  HERE
Home Units and Collectibles
1946 -1947  MOPAR MODEL 602 AM RADIO   Basic modern conversion showing use of "virtual" Balance and Fader - click  HERE
1970 CHARGER, BARRACUDA AM / 8 TRACK   Modern conversion to add Stereo FM, using unit's original connectors - click  HERE
Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth - See "Mopar" Below
On most Blaupunkt radios, the tuner pushbuttons only work for certain broadcast bands.  Not so after conversion - click  HERE
1950 - 1951 MERCURY AM RADIO - Showing massive repair job I performed on the broken tuner linkages - click  HERE
1950 - 1951 MERCURY AM RADIO - same radio as above, converted with Bluetooth and USB reader functions - click  HERE
1965 NOVA - Radio conversion including Bluetooth, USB reader, AUX input, preamp outs and subwoofer output  jacks - click  HERE
1968 CHRYSLER AM RADIO  Modern conversion with AUX in, Stereo FM, Bluetooth and USB reader functions added - click  HERE
Custom Builds
1970 LINCOLN MARK III  AM / 8 TRACK  Basic modern conversion, with FM Stereo LED mounted in dial face - click  HERE
1960 - 1961  RCA AP-1   Cool 45 RPM car record player !  Post-repair demonstration showing operation out of cabinet - click  HERE
1960 - 1961  RCA AP-1 Cool 45 RPM car record player   Fully assembled and operating with customer's converted radio - click  HERE
DELCO RADIO / 8 TRACK - smaller 1972 series, same basic design used in later years (already has isolated grounds) - click  HERE
1966 T-BIRD  AM / 8 TRACK   Basic modern conversion to add FM stereo and greatly increased audio power - click  HERE
"VIRTUAL" BALANCE AND FADER FUNCTIONS   Why it's best to use these instead of the original controls - click  HERE
1976 T-BIRD  AM / FM / 8 TRACK   Modern conversion for much improved FM reception, uses original connectors - click  HERE
Muntz 4 Track
Demonstration of a heavily modified Muntz M-70 / M/80 using the customer's 6 volt to 12 volt adaptor - click  HERE
"STIFFENING" CAPACITORS  and how installing one can beef up a radio's power supply and improve sound - click  HERE
TAPE-EATING  and why this problem is NEVER a fault of the machine, but from bad tapes or poor owner maintenance - click  HERE
1967 IMPALA - AM radio with (mono) FM added, using radio's original connectors.  All original electronics remain intact - click  HERE
TAPE-EATING  and periodic MACHINE maintenance the owner must do on a regular basis to prevent this from happening - click  HERE
CRAIG - PIONEER "STEREO 8"  Explanation, repair and adjustment of  the unusual tape retention mechanism - click  HERE
Some of My Live Performances As a Classic Rock Guitarist
Sultans of Swing
( I'm the skinny guy on the right with the blue guitar )
Saturday Night's Allright For Fighting
Fast As You
Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
China Grove
All Right Now
Secret Agent Man
Locomotive Breath
Songs From My CD, Released in April 2006
( All lyrics, orchestra compositions, instruments and vocals by Barry Fone.  Produced by Barry Fone )
In the Next Life
Twenty Four Seven
Second Conversation
I Wish I Were the One
Can't We Get Over Each Other Together?
Gentle For You
Now You Say it's Over
A Few of My Brother's Local TV Appearances
We'll Work it Out
Movie Reviews - Sandy Moss'
"Morning Scramble" Show
Movie Reviews #2 - Sandy Moss'
"Morning Scramble TV Show
Lady Gypsy
Once Two Hearts Have Passed
Give an Inch
When We Fell in Love
American Motors
1972 Javelin AMX - This video proves that I can make the 8 track section sound BETTER than the day
it rolled off the assembly line 40+ years ago using my special hand-built head preamp - click  
1970 DELCO RADIO / 8 TRACK - the huge and heavy model with rows of fins on the left side.  Full modern conversion - click  HERE
An 8 track player I built from scratch to fit into a customer's 2013 Charger center console, posted by the customer - click  HERE
Step by step pictures of the unit's construction including steel cabinet, showing off my sheet metalworking skills - click  HERE
( Space below reserved for future AMC videos.  Please scroll down for other brands )
( Space below reserved for future videos on home units and collectibles - please scroll down for other types )
( Space below reserved for future instructional videos.  Please scroll down for some of my live performances as
a classic rock lead guitarist, original songs from my CD release and a few of my brother's TV appearances )
My Radio Jingles
Station Identification jingle for Chicago internet station WSVN (20 second spot) - click  HERE
MY OWN 30 SECOND RADIO COMMERCIAL - using my alternate company name "8 Track Repair Center" which is much
easier to remember on one hearing and also eliminates any confusion about spelling and the apostrophe contained in the
"Barry's 8 Track Repair" name.  The mention of the company's URL in the jingle enables me to get the full message across
in 30 seconds without the need and extra time required to add a voiceover.  To hear what locals in my area hear, click  
1975 GREMLIN - "Stock" repair on the Audiovox QD-500, also used in some other 1975 cars made by Chevy, Ford,
Buick, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, and also offered as an aftermarket stereo.  Features a QUAD 8 track deck - click  
PANASONIC RE-7070  AM-FM-8 Track receiver.  Large, heavy model with the sliding panel over the 8 track - click  HERE
JULIETTE 8 track player with bult-in speaker amplifiers, showing that "cheap" didn't necessarily mean "bad" - click  HERE
CRAIG - PIONEER "STEREO 8"   How to compensate for shrunken rollers on these few problematic tapes - click  HERE
Aftermarket Car 8 Track Units
MOTOROLA QUADRALINE  8 (Model TM920S1) Quadraphonic 8 track player - click   HERE
SHOP TOUR, showing my bench gear, and the audio portion of the gear I use for demo DVD's and You Tube videos - click  HERE
1972 Javelin - Same unit as above, but repaired to "stock"  Hear the saddening difference - click  HERE
MOTOROLA QUADRALINE  (Model TM912S1) Quadraphonic 8 track player - click  HERE
PIONEER QP-424  Quadraphonic car 8 track player - click  HERE
HEAD REPLACEMENT - Hear the difference as I replace a worn, dull sounding head right there on camera - click  HERE
1968 CHRYSLER AM/8 TRACK   Converted to FM using original connectors (2 speakers), resulting in reduced audio power - click  HERE
FREQUENCY RESPONSE - How the 8 track format compares to our aging ears, using an Acoustic Response Analyzer - click  HERE
Hotel Room 69
1951 FORD AM RADIO - converted to Stereo FM and modern electronics w/virtual balance and fader functions - click  HERE
70's DODGE AM RADIO Converted to Stereo FM and 4 speakers - emphasizing activation and use of virtual functions - click  HERE
SEARS FM Radio/8 Track Player, converted to modern electronics with more power - click  HERE
1970 CHARGER, BARRACUDA AM-8 TRACK UNIT showing my replacement track change/eject plunger assembly - click  HERE
1970 CHARGER, BARRACUDA AM-8 TRACK UNIT  (same as above unit: final post-assembly, pre-shipment test)  Click  HERE
DELCO T-400 STANDALONE 8 TRACK PLAYER  - basic "stock" repair, no conversion or extra features - click  HERE
1967 MUSTANG AM / 8 TRACK RADIO converted to add Stereo FM and 4 speaker operation with more audio power - click  HERE
DELCO T-200 STANDALONE 8 TRACK PLAYER - my special conversion to work with a converted or repro radio - click  HERE
REALISTIC TR-80  Home 8 track player with built-in speaker amplifiers, Phono and AUX inputs - click  HERE
PANASONIC PORTABLE MODEL RS-833S short and sweet video demonstrating its operation after repairs - click  HERE
1978 DODGE AM / 8 TRACK RADIO    Converted to receive FM statiions and showing off my special tape head preamp - click  HERE
1970 MUSTANG AM / 8 TRACK RADIO, stock repair job.  This unit still has good output transformers, rare for this model - click  HERE
1966 T-BIRD  AM / 8 TRACK RADIO, stock repair job.  output transformers are still good, making stock repair possible - click  HERE
CHELCO PORTABLE AM-FM-8 TRACK PLAYER  Small, cute little unit with sharp looks and tiny speaker - click  HERE
Click Here For My Phone Number
CHRYSLER AM-FM  RADIO with modern conversion.  Video taken  with customer and son watching and participating - click  HERE
FORD QUADRASONIC AM-FM- 8 TRACK   "Stock" repair, no conversion - click  HERE
MOTOR SPEED CONTROL BOARD ASSEMBLY - Primarily published as an aid for subcontractors building them for me - click  HERE
PIONEER H-R99 and H-R100 - Final performance test of not one, not two, but EIGHT of these fine machines - click  HERE
House is a-Rockin'
Short video of above unit playing in the customer's cool Model A Ford - click  HERE
BARRY'S 8 TRACK REPAIR - THE NEW STATE OF THE ART showing my use of true stereo, real time FFT spectral analysis - click  HERE
BARRY'S 8 TRACK REPAIR - Showing actual final head adjustment using the method introduced above - click  HERE
DELCO FULL SYSTEM CONVERSION with the older T-200 style 8 track deck, also has the USB reader function installed - click  HERE
LINCOLN MARK III AM-8 TRACK - Same model as above, but wired to the customer's original connectors - click  HERE
CARING FOR YOUR TAPES including a little-known trick for testing tapes for proper balance between tension and slack - click   HERE
BUICK FULL SYSTEM CONVERSION, with newer T-400 8 track deck.  Bluetooth, USB, AUX input, my special  8 track preamp - click  HERE
UPLOADED BY THE CUSTOMER:  Lear Jet Quadraphonic 8 Track Player - click  HERE
UPLOADED BY THE CUSTOMER:  Bon Sonic Quadraphonic 8 Track Player - click  HERE
Older "Performance Verification" Videos
These are simply copies of the primitively produced DVD's I first started including with customers' repaired units, mainly to protect myself
against bogus "warranty" claims caused by customers who hooked up their units incorrectly and blew things up as a result.  These early
efforts at video production were never meant to be made public - and as such, were made with "Dollar General" video equipment in most
cases.  You'll hear hum and noise, and in many cases the sound will be coming from one microphone only.  Some of the models depicted
below have since been covered in the better quality videos shown above.   Just the same, these early videos reinforce the fact that I've been
a highly skilled 8 track technician for a good many years.  And if you want to know a little secret, including these videos adds to the overall
number and brings me closer to my goal of having more than 100 videos pertaining to my work on 8 track machines.  Once I surpass the
magical number of 100, I may give my obsession a rest and get back on the bench where I should be - fixing the many still awaiting service !
FORD QUADRAPHONIC AM-FM-8 TRACK  repaired to original stock which is not always possible - click  HERE
DELCO T-400 8 TRACK PLAYER repaired to original stock which IS always possible - click  HERE
1970 Chrysler (Challenger, Barricuda, etc.) AM - 8 Track unit, repaired to original stock - click  HERE
FORD STEREO AM-FM-8 TRACK repaired to original stock - click  HERE
OFF BRAND AM-FM-CASSETTE (I normally don't work on cassette players, but you might check anyway) - click  HERE
DELCO AM-FM-8 TRACK repaired to original stock which is not always possible for long term reliability - click  HERE
DELCO T-400 8 TRACK PLAYER repaired to original stock.  Click  HERE
DELCO 1972 AND LATER AM-FM-8 TRACK repaired to original stock - click  HERE
JVC QUADRAPHONIC 8 TRACK PLAYER repaired to original stock - click  HERE
ANOTHER FORD QUADRASONIC AM-FM-8 TRACK repaired to original stock (not always possible - click  HERE
1969 MUSTANG AM - 8 TRACK repaired to original stock, VERY SELDOM possible and NEVER smart - click  HERE
LATE 60'S FORD AM - 8 TRACK repaired to original stock, same caveats as above unit - click  HERE
WHAT'S THIS - ANOTHER FORD QUAD AM-FM-8 TRACK?  Same caveats as similar units above - click  HERE
Part 1: 1968 - 69 PONTIAC 8 TRACK, a really weird version of the Delco T-200 used in very few systems - click  HERE
Part 2: 1968 - 69 PONTIAC 8 TRACK, continuation of video above - click  HERE
CHRYSLER STANDALONE 8 TRACK PLAYER repaired to original stock - click  HERE
ABOVE UNIT RETURNED, no fault found.  This is precisely why I started making these videos!  Click  HERE
JUST ONE MORE Ford Quadrasonic AM-FM-8 Track repaired to original stock (not always possible) - click  HERE
RCA QUADRAPHONIC 8 TRACK PLAYER - returned, no fault found.  Explains tape tension - click  HERE
1964 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY (Mopar model 220).  This video also shows off my impeccible workmanship - click  HERE
TAPE HEAD DEMAGNETIZING, and how I know precisely how much it was magnetized - click  HERE
LEVEL OF TEARDOWN involved in converting the separate 8 track to perform best with a converted radio - click  HERE
1967 PONTIAC, full Delco system conversion with the older T-200 model 8 track player - click  HERE
Lear Jet
Lear Jet invented the 8 track cartridge format - so they're not "aftermarket" but also aren't exactly a "classic car radio" per se
1970 CHEVELLE  SS  AM-8 TRACK, modern conversion, showing off the crisper 8 track sound from my hand-built preamp - click  HERE
1967 MUSTANG AM / 8 TRACK RADIO modern conversion using customer's original connectors at reduced output - click  HERE
NO-NAME "Mini 8", a fairly popular car unit with a handy front panel head height adjustment - click  HERE
(Probably the most entertaining video, sort of a slam on the copyright owners of music I use for demos)
1972 OLDSMOBILE 442, Full Delco System Conversion, once again showing off my magic with the brighter sounding 8 track - click  HERE
1958 EDSEL CORSAIR - converted, showing how the tone switch is used to change the function of the volume control - click  HERE
AKAI CR-81D showing the fantastic wow and flutter performance of my adjustable speed replacement motor - click  HERE
THE HIGH END AKAI MACHINES, showing how they all run just a touch slow until they have MY new motor - click  HERE
1974 LINCOLN MARK IV showing preliminary testing of 8 track section before installing into the converted radio - click   HERE
1974 LINCOLN MARK IV complete unit, final pre-shipment test and performance verification (copy of included DVD) - click  HERE
1964 BUICK RIVIERA "Sonomatic" AM Radio converted to add FM and external AUX input - click  HERE
First, the Services Available ONLY at Barry's 8 Track Repair
(Because Some Are MY OWN Inventions and Developments)
FULL DELCO SYSTEM CONVERSION, converting the separate 8 track unit ALSO for maximum fidelity - click  HERE
TAPE HEAD DEMAGNETIZING, and how I know precisely HOW MUCH it was magnetized - click  HERE
BARRY'S 8 TRACK REPAIR - Showing actual final head adjustment using the method introduced above - click  HERE
SHOP TOUR, showing my bench gear, and the audio portion of the gear I use for demo DVD's and You Tube videos - click  HERE
1955 T-BIRD AM RADIO converted to FM, basic conversion, also shows how to set their station preset buttons - click  HERE
1970 CHALLENGER AM-FM RADIO converted to modern electronics with greatly increased audio power and AUX input - click  HERE
1966 MUSTANG AM-8 TRACK  Basic modern conversion, comparison to original unit showing my workmanship - click  HERE
1966 LINCOLN AM-8 TRACK CONVERSION  With master input-output box and my NEW way of testing the line outs - click  HERE
CRAIG - PIONEER 3108A  Standard repair/restoration with USB ports (for charging only) - click  HERE
After 4o years of waiting, wishing and hoping, Barry finally gets his Garrard Zero 100 turntable for a cool $7.50 - click  HERE
1978 CORVETTE PACE CAR  Modern conversion for greatly increased audio power and enhanced FM stereo reception - click  HERE
1970 PLYMOUTH ROADRUNNER CONVERTIBLE  converted to modern electronics with Bluetooth, USB and AUX input - click   HERE