I was hesitant about putting a head unit in the dash of my 69, but in the end, it was the only place that made sense for me. It was only a piece of plastic which I could replace and make work again if I ever wanted to, which I sincerely doubt. A center console seems to be the only remaining location that makes sense. If your putting a stereo in your car, that suggests that you want to drive it and enjoy it. Putting a head unit where it is accessible and usable seems to play a big part in enjoying the entire experience of the car. I'm sure your reasons for wanting to keep the stock unit in the dash are valid ones, but unless you are trying to win shows (in which case, any additional stereo equipment wouldn't help), then I would put it in the dash and be done with it. The stereo has made my car many times more enjoyable. Good luck!