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Old 05-13-2011, 03:36 PM
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1966 Impala radio dash hole cut slightly to big

recentally just installed a cd player in my impala and I seem to of cut the hole for the radio slightly crooked and its too large in a couple places leaving gaps. What can I do to fix this have a pic to show the issue but its on my phone will post later

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It's a sin to cut a dash for a radio.Just kidding.What you can do for a quick fix is go to the auto zone or what ever strore and get some of that door edge chrome plastic and put around the hole,cut it at a 45 degree angle so the corners will fill in.May look a little bright but will beat the alternative.
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Thank you will give it a shot. Radio fits in just don't look too pretty. Felt bad cutting it myself but the plastic holes where the knobs for the old radio were located were kinda cracked too so dash wasn't perfect. So basically make a frame for the radio out of the chrome door stuff. The worst part is my cut want quite straight so it looks goon in one place then there's a gap in other spots.
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If you want to fix this so it looks terrific, you can cut a piece of plastic to fit the outside edge of the large flat opening with the vertical lines, cut a better correct size opening for the radio, cover it with your choice of material and then install the stereo. Nobody will ever know you made a mistake.
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WOW! What did you use to make the cut....a chain saw?
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I did use a small saw lol but other issue was some of the plastic was brittle and just chipped away.
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If you want to fix this so it looks terrific, you can cut a piece of plastic to fit the outside edge of the large flat opening with the vertical lines, cut a better correct size opening for the radio, cover it with your choice of material and then install the stereo. Nobody will ever know you made a mistake.
To add to this, a Ford single din installation kit will have a plastic peice that will look nice
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You could also do this with a piece of aluminum.
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Faceplace trim surround

I did this too in a motorhome. It wasn't that the cut was so crooked as it was the fact that the Alpine face plate trim was so narrow.

They make a thin aluminum trim ring thats black anodized for this purpose. I got mine at an independent car stereo shop. You have to go to the places that do custom installations. The big box stores I went to were absolutely no help as they use kits for their installations. The fellow at the custom shop new exactly what I needed, he only charged me $5 and I would have payed $20.
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I did this too in a motorhome. It wasn't that the cut was so crooked as it was the fact that the Alpine face plate trim was so narrow.

They make a thin aluminum trim ring thats black anodized for this purpose. I got mine at an independent car stereo shop. You have to go to the places that do custom installations. The big box stores I went to were absolutely no help as they use kits for their installations. The fellow at the custom shop new exactly what I needed, he only charged me $5 and I would have payed $20.
That's really good to know, great info Nolan.
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