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FASTFORD
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posted 11-12-2002 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FASTFORD   Click Here to Email FASTFORD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was looking about getting a new cd player and a steeing wheel in my '67 coupe since i'm finally getting to restore the interior. Any suggestions?
-I don't want a cd changer

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1967 Mustang coupe
originally a c-code 289 with a c-4 tranny, I added holley 600cfm 4bbl, edelbrock performer intake manifold, hooker headers, and dual flowmaster exhaust. interior is stock with a kenwood cd player

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Fastback68
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posted 11-12-2002 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, if you're plan is the same as mine, I'll let you know what I learn. I'm planning to use the original radio bezel, but cut out the center part (which the radio buttons go through), so I can fit a modern CD player in there. Are we in the same ballpark?
I haven't yet found any CD players that will fit into the radio bezel -- only radio / cassette units.
Simon

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indyphil
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From: Lafayette, IN, USA
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posted 11-13-2002 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Im planning on butchering my console (which has seen better days) and putting a modern CD player in it (in the manner you described)
If i screw it up I will still need a nice 68 console, which is the situation I am in right now. Im hoping if i do it right I can fix the things that are bad now and I will end up with something that looks nice.

Steering wheel on mine has also seen better days but again its unique to the 68, and its the woodgrain type. I dont want the grant/lecarra type stuff, I want to restore what I have.

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mellowyellow
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posted 11-13-2002 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best way to modify a 67/8 radio deal, is to forget console and use the radio panel for use without. It is easily "butcherable" Then you can use a cruiser console. Gotta agree with you re wheels. Think those Grunts just have that J C Whitney look and don't like the other ones with all the screws. Fonky! With a 68 you can tell people that the big rubber pad is an airbag!! LOL! And if cut out it will hold a stun gun, condoms, cigarettes, hand cuffs, dip, more! All of the above!

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GTRocks
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posted 11-13-2002 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks   Click Here to Email GTRocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would encourage you guys to refrain from butchering the dash. Your resale value will drop considerably. You can always add an aftermarket unit under the dash and leave the original where it is.

I know I always wince when I see a butcherin'

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70SportsRoof
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posted 11-13-2002 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70SportsRoof   Click Here to Email 70SportsRoof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 2 cents here. On the later cars that had the removeable radio bezels, unlike the '65-66's, find a crappy old cut bezel to use for a modern stereo. I have a CD player in my '70, but only becasue the PO had cut the bezel way back when to install a tape player. Had my car not aready been cut, I would have looked for some alternatives. Most aftermarket stereos fit whats called a DIN opening. Most CD players should be the same size as the casette players. I replaced a Blaupunkt tape player with a Denon CD player in my '70, and it fit easy. Of course after you add the new stereo the next question is, "What about speakers?"...

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1970 Mustang Deluxe SportsRoof (daily driver), 1946 Ford pickup, 1947 Ford pickup, 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Vic

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68stang351
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posted 11-13-2002 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68stang351   Click Here to Email 68stang351     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my 68 I took the inside of the glove box out, and mounted my CD player in there, along with my Crane ignition box.

I took the radio out of the bezel, and mounted an oil pressure gauge and a water temp. gauge in it, then made aluminum cut outs to cover the half oval parts on each sides where the knobs were, that way its smooth, with no holes.

Looks real classy!

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Hoofbeats are louder than Heartbeats!
68 Coupe, now with a 351W and 5speed.
Now officially dubbed "THE PIT"
New addition: 63 Fairlane 500!!

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Fastymz
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posted 11-13-2002 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 68stang351:
In my 68 I took the inside of the glove box out, and mounted my CD player in there, along with my Crane ignition box.

I took the radio out of the bezel, and mounted an oil pressure gauge and a water temp. gauge in it, then made aluminum cut outs to cover the half oval parts on each sides where the knobs were, that way its smooth, with no holes.

Looks real classy!


Those are all great idea's I'd like to see a picture of the gauges.

SCOOP

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aGreenAgent
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posted 11-14-2002 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for aGreenAgent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I'd never mess with anything in the dash. My CD player is in the glovebox. It's safer there anyway, it's not like it's hard to break into a 40 year old mustang. It's better if you just close the glovebox when you get out, so nobody knows you have it.

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indyphil
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posted 11-14-2002 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You guys havnt seen my console have you!!
Its not exactly helping the value of the car any. But i understand what you say. I thought about the glove box but I want to be able to reach it to put other CD's in there (not while im driving, but maybe at stop lights). I may revisit that idea though, its a pretty good way of doing it.

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V8 Thumper
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posted 11-14-2002 08:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by aGreenAgent:
Yeah, I'd never mess with anything in the dash. My CD player is in the glovebox. It's safer there anyway, it's not like it's hard to break into a 40 year old mustang. It's better if you just close the glovebox when you get out, so nobody knows you have it.

I agree with Mr. Agent and others who urge against cutting the dash. Yes, there are repair kits available, but why? I love the idea of the glovebox deal, or even hang the thing under the dash. My '65 GT has the original AM radio , and I personally wouldn't have it any other way. Ok, so my car is too loud to hear anything but the motor anyway , I too advise against making irreversable (or difficult to fix) changes.

Gary (70SportsRoof) had another great point about speakers. This revelation still breaks my heart, but a previous owner cut two speaker holes in each door of my car , only to realize that with the window rolled down, there is virtually no room behind the door skin for speaker clearance. You're left with cutting up your kick pannels (muddy sound quality that far down right next to carpet), or under the rear window, which might as well invite thieves being as visible as that option is.

Hey, tunes are cool , just give it some thought. I myself prefer to cruise my car and listen to the sound of her soul, not commercials

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All Blue Oval, no blue bottle
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mustangs68
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posted 11-14-2002 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm just impressed y'all can hear your radio,with the Engine loping,headers under my feet and 2 chamber flowmaster..there not enough "quite" to hear the radio in mine

sam\LOL

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aGreenAgent
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posted 11-15-2002 01:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for aGreenAgent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the original, WORKING, AM radio in my car wahoo for me!

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68stang351
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posted 11-15-2002 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68stang351   Click Here to Email 68stang351     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fastymz, if someone can help me figure out how to post a pic, then you can see it, cuz I have the pics saved on a CD.

I'll try and see if I can do it.

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Hoofbeats are louder than Heartbeats!
68 Coupe, now with a 351W and 5speed.
Now officially dubbed "THE PIT"
New addition: 63 Fairlane 500!!

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