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Old 07-21-2005, 09:01 AM
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Package Shelf

I recently had a new package shelf put in the '67 by a trim shop.

Now, I want to install original rear shelf speakers and an original rear window defogger. The metal frame below the shelf already has the proper holes. I went back to the trim shop to see how much they wanted to do it. They wanted to charge for removing the shelf, cutting it and reinstalling it. I balked.

I don't see why I can't do it myself, but I'm unsure of what is the best method and tool to use.

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Old 07-21-2005, 09:11 AM
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How is the shelf made?

Wood, Hard board (dense card board). Is it wrapped around the edges and glued to the top. Does it have foam added on top of the board? All these things need to be posted and we can give you the best process. It can be as simple as making a template and removing the board and transfering and cutting or more complext. Either way you can do it just post a few more particulars.
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Old 07-21-2005, 10:50 AM
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I believe it's just a cardboard with the black paper-like trim glued to it.
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Crawl into the trunk and mark on the bottom where the speaker holes etc need to be cut. Then, when you remove it, you know exactly where the holes go. Pretty simple, you can do it yourself.
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Old 07-21-2005, 01:46 PM
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The problem is I think the trim shop glued the shelf in. Can it be cut while it's installed? I was thinking maybe some type of dremel tool bit might work.
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Sounds like repro standard package tray board. Nothing special about it other than it will nick and ball up if you are not carefull. I would drill a hole in the center of the feature from the trunk. Bit do the rest of the work from the top if you have clearance to the glass and c pillars.

Dremel is the way to go. but I would have a sharp X-acto blade handy for the final cut to be on the safe side.

Use a rotary file cutting tip. I would do it from the top to cut the main holes. Start at the center of the opening and go out in a large spiral. dont go right at the final hole size it is easier to cut more off as you need it than majically reattach material from a hole cut too large. Not all speakers or defrosters fit tight to the body punch holes. So work your way out.
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Is this the rotary file you mentioned? Sorry, about the pic.
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yep that looks to be the one. Pic is pretty bad but from what I can tell it looks right
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Thanks for the info everyone. Think I'll practice before commiting.
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