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Old 10-11-2009, 03:02 PM
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Need ideas / info on stereos

My 41 has a *****in dash and a Vintage Air Gen II. The distance from the dash to the AC is about 4.5" to 5". Basically about an inch shy of allowing a standard stereo unit to fit.

So, I was thinking about going with a Custom Autosounds SecretAudio SST. But then I started reading the bad reviews of Custom Autosounds. Then I learned about Kenwoods KMR-700U which can use a RC-107MR display remote. Both the Custom Autosounds SecretAudio SST and the RC-107MR only extend into the dash about 1 inch or so. Of course the Kenwood is going to set me back approximate $180 more than the SST. And I have read some bad reviews of Kenwood.

Looking for first hand experience on either of these two options. Also, are there any other systems similar to these?

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Old 10-12-2009, 05:42 PM
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build your own dash kit of fiver glass u can molded and shaped the way u want it
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....Also, are there any other systems similar to these?
There's always the CUSTOM option:



This is a stock '36 Ford radio face that has been customized to control a stereo conversion board by a classic car radio repair shop. The face is only about 2" deep and is wired to a small box (3x2x5") mounted to the firewall that contains the electronics necessary to make it an AM/FM stereo 4 channel with aux input. The balance, fader, and tone controls are mounted on the box on the firewall. It wasn't cheap (about $1000 all tolled) but it works great, fits the dash, and matches the style of the car. The only drawbacks are that there is no FM scale on the dial face and no station presets.

It turned out so slick, that I am having another one made. This time with a '37 Ford radio face to be installed in a '32 Ford Vicky street rod.

I realize that most people could not justify the expense of something like this, but you asked for other options...so here ya go.

Another option may be an overhead console. You could maybe find one in a junkyard in a Ford L-series (big) truck.

Hope this helps...
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What about an overhead console?

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Get a stereo with remote control. You can mount the stereo under a seat, in a glove box, in the trunk, and control it with a remote.
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Get a stereo with remote control. You can mount the stereo under a seat, in a glove box, in the trunk, and control it with a remote.

Oh good another remote control to look for along with a cell phone .. how do you folks find the time to drive your cars ? By the way you must have the glove box open to use the remote or lean over the front of the seat so that the signal from that remote too the receiver is in the line of sight. Wow handy & easy to operate that sounds neat, after you find the song then you can sit up and drive the car ....

A tip I would offer, is that if you have a beefed suspension or loads of bumpy roads .... the CD player crap is out look for the newer receivers that have a USB port ... on the front panel for ease of access and play MP3s instead of the skipping CDs ..... no moving parts .... and oh yes BUY AMERICAN ....

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It is true, the remote has to have line of sight to operate, unless it's a wired remote.

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Oh good another remote control to look for along with a cell phone .. how do you folks find the time to drive your cars ? By the way you must have the glove box open to use the remote or lean over the front of the seat so that the signal from that remote too the receiver is in the line of sight. Wow handy & easy to operate that sounds neat, after you find the song then you can sit up and drive the car ....

A tip I would offer, is that if you have a beefed suspension or loads of bumpy roads .... the CD player crap is out look for the newer receivers that have a USB port ... on the front panel for ease of access and play MP3s instead of the skipping CDs ..... no moving parts .... and oh yes BUY AMERICAN ....
Who said anything about a cell phone? The original poster asked for ideas and info to a standard stereo. A remote control is no less distracting than fiddling with knobs, buttons or a flash drive full of MP3s.
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Marine stereo

There re marine stereo units that have a remote mont head unit, then the rest of the unit would mount some where else. Or you coud get a unit with a wired remote and all you would have to mount is the remote where you could get to it.

If you would like some modle numbers let me know. Both of this type of set up is common.
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I think this is very great.


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Thanks for the ideas guys. I am real close to pulling the trigger and getting the Custom Autosounds Secret Audio SST. I may be making a mistake, but it will fit my dash and my budget. I finished laying out the dash last night on AutoCAD. Now my wife thinks I should put a glove box in on the right side between the vents. I am not sure if I have the time or ability to do that or not. If it comes through OK, I have attached the layout.
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