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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 02, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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I’m in the early planning stages for a CD receiver and speaker installation project for my ’68 Camaro and have a few questions.

For those of you with non-A/C cars (preferably ‘68s), is there an opening in the dash behind the center dash panel where the center dash A/C outlet would have been, or is there metal that would have been cut out for the A/C outlet?

Have any of you mounted a DIN-sized receiver in that location?

If not, where have you mounted your head units? Photos would be much appreciated.

I guess I should add that I don’t want to cut the dash. I already investigated Custom Autosound’s offerings—not what I want.

For the kick panels, is there an adapter to mount a 5X7 in the factory 4X6 locations (or a 5-1/4)? I want to screw in to the places that the factory “dimpled” for the OEM 4X6 screws not anywhere else.

Thanks in advance.

I made a mistake. Based on what someone else said, I thought the OEM kick panel speakers were screwed into the metal behind the kick panel (and for some reason I had the idea that fisher body had dimpled the metal where the mounting screw holes would have been drilled if the cars had been equipped with the optional kick panel speakers).

Anyway, I just checked my factory assembly manual and on page 402 (U57 A6) it shows the OEM speakers mounting to the plastic kick panels with “U” nuts, spacers, and screws—nothing mounts to the metal behind the panel. I also checked with the senior tech advisor at Classic Industries and he confirmed that the speakers mount to the plastic kick panels not to the metal behind the panels. Sorry for the error.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 02, 02:56 PM
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You might want to give the guys at Crutchfield a call. 1-800-955-3000 They have a very knowledgeable staff.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 02, 04:12 PM
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I've got a remote 10 disc changer in the trunk of my 68 convertible. This is the type that you have to tune the radio to 89.1 to listen to. It works great and the car still has the old knob style radio in it which to me is a big plus.

I've got dual speakers in the dash that are driven off the front channel and 4x6's in the kick panels that are driven off the rear. It isn't a killer system by any means, but it works good.

If you don't want to cut the dash this may be a good option. I've also seen guys mount a DIN type radio in the glove box and leave the factory radio in place to keep the look.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 02, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have pics of a glove box head unit install? I have read Wes Vann's Hidden Stereo & remote infrared link in the Tech Reference section, but I don't have the fabrication skills to do that level of metalwork.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 02, 10:01 PM
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I mounted a deck unit between the ash tray and console. Where factory gauges would go. I'm planning on doing a custom fiberglass console and it'll include a spot for the radio there. I'm gonna use a repo plate to cover up the factory cutout for the radio.
I also got 2 6x9's in boxes in the back window and they scream. You could mount 6x9's in the back deck also FYI (I've done it).
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