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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 09, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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IIRC someone on this board put 6x9 speakers in the cowl vent area of the kick panels on a 67-69.I am installing a Vintage air Gen IV and want to close of the kick panel vents completely.I intend on making a metal blank plate to cover the vent opening in the metal cowl.I could then mount a speaker with a waterproof baffle in that piece and not have to worry about speaker depth like the original mounting locations.Then I could trim all the protruding tube section from the vent area of the plastic kick panel and leave the vent grill to hide the speaker.Anyone want to chime in? Pics of similar attempts would be great.
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Re: kick panel speakers

Not sure about the 6x9s, but a bunch us have installed 4x6 plate speakers in the kick panel using the factory grills in the factory 4 speaker location (just forward of the vents and under the controls). I think there were pics in the convertible section.

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Re: kick panel speakers

Like Kev says above....in the frame behind there is a hole so the back of the speaker fits thru
cut the hole in the correct place of the kick panel, mount the speaker thru the kick panel into the the frame, holes drilled.

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Re: kick panel speakers

This thread is bringing back memories. Memories of how horrible the original speakers mounted in the kick panels sounded. Cheap paper and no resonance. Ugh.

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Like Kev says above....in the frame behind there is a hole so the back of the speaker fits thru
cut the hole in the correct place of the kick panel, mount the speaker thru the kick panel into the the frame, holes drilled.

I have already tried this approach.It has less than the desired results as stated above.I put nice powerful speakers(4x6) in the factory locations.I would like to hide bigger speakers behind the air vent grill and discard the factory location.I want to block of air leaks anyways. This is the baffles I plan on using.

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Kevin, what was the matter with the 4x6 speakers? Did you use the "Infinity Kappa 462.9cfp 4" x6" 2-way Plate Car Speakers" or something else?

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Re: kick panel speakers

I am planning on installing speakers in the astro-vent holes in my 69 too, although I'm going with 6.5" round speakers. I'd rather not cut up the original kick panels so I think using the vent screen as the speaker grill is a good idea, stealthy. I'm installing a VA IV system too so we're basically doing the same thing. Using the baffles is a good idea. I hadn't thought of that...
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Kevin, what was the matter with the 4x6 speakers? Did you use the "Infinity Kappa 462.9cfp 4" x6" 2-way Plate Car Speakers" or something else?
I sourced some speakers at a local shop because I could look and pick them up in person. Primarily I was limited by mounting depth and speaker grill design. The location is just not ideal for them in my opinion.It is hard to get the fullness, not just volume from my setup.I was hoping to hide the installation as well.I think even the factory grills look like an add-on .After further inspection the 6.5 dia. speakers might be a better choice, I haven't done final measurements yet.I am working on cutting for factory ac vents etc.. I am not trying to build a high end system, but the less obvious anything is in there, the better your chances are of keeping it. I kept the fact. AM radio in dash.I put a sony head unit in the trunk and use a wired remote. I plan on doing a mesh package tray to hide 6x9 speakers out back.I know this isn't a new idea.If I get the block of plate worked out maybe I will post a template for speaker mounting.It would be easy to cut a plate from 16ga material or so and bolt it all in.
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I bought the mesh grill package tray too, and I'm leaning toward getting a stock-looking radio from http://vintageautoradio.com/ , the VCA-102. I want a low-key stock look, but decent performance, and it has to have an aux port somehow. With this radio I think I'd like to somehow install the aux port in the flip-down ashtray. It doesn't have one on its face. I may go with a canned subwoofer in the trunk too, like a Bazooka, but I don't want to go to the expense of a custom enclosure and installation. I bought Blaupunkt speakers off Amazon and paid $80 delivered for both the front 6.5" and the rear 6x9's. Price was right, but I have no clue how they'll sound. Fingers crossed. I think the theft threat is more the fact it's a first-gen Camaro, not stereo components, but you never know what someone looking in your window is after.
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