Thursday, June 27, 2013

Old School Mini Truck System Orion HCCA XTR Wow

1990 Mazda B2200 Custom Mini Truck "Fantastic Voyage"

Lowered mini trucks are the epitome of old school car audio. If you were into the car scene in the early to mid 1990's, you know these trucks. Lowered, crazy paint jobs, wire wheels and of course boomin' stereo systems! Here we have a demo of the 1990 Mazda B2200 nicknamed "Fantastic Voyage" owned by Jason Williams. What a true time machine! See the truck as it was created in the mid 1990's! Stereo is classic old school including:

  • Alpine CDM-7823 Head Unit
  • Alpine CHM-S600 6 disc CD Changer
  • Audio Control 3XS Electronic Crossover
  • (2) Orion 225 HCCA Digital Reference Amplifiers
  • (4) Orion XTR 15 DVC Ferrofluid Injected Subwoofers
  • (4) Soundstream SS 5.0 midranges
  • (2) Soundstream SS 1.0 tweeters
  • Sega Genesis Game system with optional CD-ROM drive
  • 4.3" Color TV

A very impressive facet of this truck is the fact the Orion 225 HCCA amplifiers are rated at 50 watts each. That's right, 25 watts per channel at 4 ohms. The 225 HCCA is an example of the classic "cheater" amp meaning it was capable of MUCH more power at lower ohm loads. The 225 sub amp for example, is loaded down to 1/2 ohm mono and putting out over 500 watts! I know, 500 watts is not much by today's standards, but watch to see what it can do with the ultra-efficient XTR 15 DVC subs!

100 Watt Old School System with Orion 225 HCCA Amps and (4) XTR 15" Subs

The 1990 Mazda B2200 sports a custom peach paint job that really makes is stand out in a crowd. The truck also has some original Dayton 15" wire wheels with the classic 195/50/15 Dunlop radials. The stance is lowered 3" via lowered control arms and sits nice and low, yet still able to traverse speed bumps without scraping. The rear has one leaf removed and air shocks.

1990's mini trucks often times used "themes" for their presentation. Another famous mini truck was "Ladie's Choice" which sported a convertible hard top and a bed full of PPI 2350DM amplifiers. These themes helped differentiate the trucks while also assisting in the displays. Jason's truck sports Care Bears as the interior theme and also displays a couple of his many magazine features. This 1990 Mazda had the center spread in the December 1995 Mini Truckin' magazine! The most impressive part is the truck is almost exactly as was back in 1995! A true time machine!!

Jason sends a personal thanks to William Wilson of Hickory, NC who actually built the truck back in 1994. He also did a great job of preserving the Mazda for 17 years until Jason decided he needed to put it back on the show scene! Great job with the truck, William!!

Back Side View of the 1990 Mazda B2200 Custom Mini Truck

Big thanks to Jason for the demo! If you are at a car show in the NC/SC/VA/TN area and see Jason's Mazda, make sure to stop by and chat with him and get a demo of this amazing system. It is impossible to capture the full experience via video, but we try our best here at OldSchoolStereo!!

See the full 10 minute plus video of Jason's truck and even get a demo of the 100 watt (yeah, right) sound system:

Watch on YouTube in full 1080P HD or embedded below:


Thanks to Jason for taking the time to show and demo his truck! If you'd like to write and article or make a video of your old school install, contact me through Facebook and let me know.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Old School Rockford Fosgate Punch Pro SPP-184 18" Subwoofers

What's up guys? I know there are some of you die hard Rockford Fosgate collectors out there and I'm hoping someone has a pair of the infamous "Punch Pro 18's" from the late 80's /early 90's. The model was SPP-184 and at the time, they were some of the biggest and baddest subs money could buy. I have a friend who's working on an old school install and these subs are essential pieces he's missing. 

Please contact me via Facebook if you have a MINT/NIB/VGC set of these subs. I'll make sure to get you some stickers for your trouble and hopefully we can work out a reasonable price. 

Here are the specs of the SPP-184 as provided by Rockford Fosgate:

  • 18" Pro Subwoofer
  • 159oz Magnet
  • 3" Vented Voice Coil
  • Power Handling 200W continuous average
  • 4 ohms (SPP-184) single voice coil
  • Mounting Depth: 7 3/4"
  • Sensitivity: 94.5dB 1W/1M
  • Approx. years of mfg: 1987-1992
Rockford Fosgate Punch Pro SPP-124 12" subwoofers - same style as the needed SPP-184's

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