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Harley
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posted 01-22-2002 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone give me some ideas on the best way to install a CD player and speakers in my 69 sportsroof? Right now, the car still has the original AM radio with the speaker in the dash pad.

I've already got a nice CD player out of another car I've since sold, but absolutely WILL NOT allow any cutting to have it installed (unless any of you has a trick or two up your sleeve).

Same goes for speakers. No cutting allowed and, because I have the fold-down rear seat, there's no rear shelf.

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RICKS
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posted 01-22-2002 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RICKS   Click Here to Email RICKS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As for the CD install, reproduction Radio/Heater bezels are only 24 bucks, so buy one and start cutting. No big deal. As for the speakers, I would put a dual speaker in the dash (available at any Mustang parts dealer), and if you're playing CD's you definately want some 6 X 9's mounted in the back, so......

1. You can make some carpeted or upholstered cabinets that are custom contoured to rest behind the rear seat, or...

2. The reason that good clean fold down trap-doors are hard to find is because in the 70's most of them got SPEAKER HOLES cut in them! This is great! That means there are plenty of "junk" trap doors and non-folddown rear panel out there that are already pre-cut for you. So, your mission is to hit the swap meets and the internet and Hemmings to find a trap door or panel that is damaged, either by speaker holes having been cut, or any other type of damage that would leave make it cheap and useless for a concours restoration. Buy that door/panel, cut her up and do a nice mounting for your speakers. If the door is really ugly, simply upholster it in matching vinyl to your interior. Then swap the door out with your good original one. Whenever anybody says, "gee it's a shame someone cut speaker holes in your trap door, just say "no, I've got a good one at home, this one was already toast when I bought it." When I was in high school I found a rear trap door with speaker holes cut in it already in our salvage yard, upholstered it in black vinyl, and mounted a cobra snake between the speakers. Looked sharp, worked, and I never had to cut anything original to my car. You can always fabricate a panel also, of course.

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70SportsRoof
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Registered: Dec 2001

posted 01-22-2002 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70SportsRoof   Click Here to Email 70SportsRoof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Custom Autosound makes a trick little piece that fits on the trap doors and has the speakers already on it. It's nice looking panel that just attaches to the trap door, no cutting and no modifications necessary. Try looking for them on the internet, they are based in Anaheim, CA. As for the radio itself, I would just buy a repro radio bezel and cut it to fit the new radio. My '70 had it's bezel cut in the early '80's, so I didn't cut it, but I'm kinda glad the previous owner did. The radio will fit just about perfectly in the dash space, looks like they were made to fit together.
By the way, what about using stock 69-70 Mustang speaker grilles on your doors to add an extra set of speakers to your car? They were options, so it would be a factory look.

[This message has been edited by 70SportsRoof (edited 01-22-2002).]

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