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Old 04-07-2012, 02:47 PM
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have anyone had any experience with a radio console for a 49 chevy pickup. i have a dash mount cd player that i would like to install some where in my 49. please help

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I am not a fan of consoles that go up to the dash from the floor. Not unless it follows the theme of the entire truck. Your truck is sort of a "resto rod" and in my opinion a console like that would look out of place.

There are other options, this photo shows where I had the radio in my truck. I made the stock speaker grille a "door" to the radio that was hidden behind it. The mouldings were screwed to the grille with thin nuts and the extra shaft length was cut off. Small hinges were attached at the bottom and magnets the top to hold it shut. You grabbed the handle on the ash tray to open the whole thing up. I made a radio faceplate from a shallow 6x12 baking dish so the face was back aways and not being hit by the speaker grille. It worked like a champ for me.

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That's very ingenious, Brian.
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Thanks Dan, I always planned on putting a piece of material like on most vintage speakers behind the grille so you couldn't see the radio.

I have tried and tried to come up with something for my Rambler and without a major change I can't come up with anything. I have thought about putting it right where the stock AM radio is but I just hate to do that. I want it TOTALLY hidden so I don't get any dirt bag busting a window to steel my $25 stereo.

I have an extra heater box that I can cut up and I have tossed around that idea.

How about this one? This was under the dash of my wife's daily driver 65 Skylark for years. I'm holding it under the dash of my Gran Sport for the photo. And I am thinking I need to use it in the Gran Sport. The only problem is I want REAL oil and temp gauges in the car and it would look pretty stupid with two of each so I am looking at different ways to handle this.







Have you gotten the idea that I don't like "out of place" parts on my cars?

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When I bought a new Pioneer radio for my truck several years ago it came with a remote, and I think the remote is RF (not infrared). I cut the dash (it already had some damage) and mounted the radio there, but I wish I hadn't. I think I could have put the radio under the seat or hidden up under the dash and the remote would have worked.

Many of the new radios also have USB connections, so you can put all your tunes on a cheap thumb drive and use it to feed the radio. The USB connection on the radio can be extended with a USB cable so it is accessible 2-3 feet (or more) from the radio. My son also uses a cable connected to the aux audio plugs (on the back of the radio) to connect to the headphones output of his IPOD.

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How about the glove box

Most people just use the glove box to put there registration, maps and maybe some spare fuses. These can be put other places and a radio could be mounted in there. It doesn't change the look of the dash.
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