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Old 11-27-2007, 10:16 AM
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One thing that I have done is to get a 12" x 12" piece of abs. Heat and bend it into a trifold shape. Shape the bottom fold to rest on top of the transmission hump and bolt the top lip to the bottom lip of the dash. Cut a hole in the abs for the radio. If you want you can stretch fleece around it and apply fiberglass resin, sand smooth and paint to match. It's a cheap option but can be made to look ok with a little patience. I've also made CAD renderings of a few factory radio bezels if you have access to CNC and some stock.

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Old 11-27-2007, 09:52 PM
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Here's a little image showing what I'm planning on doing. Sorry, I'm not that good in Photoshop yet. The purpose of the mounting points is self explanitory. The sleeve that will hold the deck in place will be from when the metal that is left when the hole to insert the deck is cut. Instead of cutting the metal peices out, they will be bent back and drilled with two holes.

Cant wait to get out in the garage and get to work!
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:00 AM
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Looks like you got a plan going on.....show us some pics when you get through.
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:09 AM
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Here's a little image showing what I'm planning on doing. Sorry, I'm not that good in Photoshop yet. The purpose of the mounting points is self explanitory. The sleeve that will hold the deck in place will be from when the metal that is left when the hole to insert the deck is cut. Instead of cutting the metal peices out, they will be bent back and drilled with two holes.

Cant wait to get out in the garage and get to work!
Looks like you've got a great plan, and your photoshop skills are just fine. Be sure to tell us the pitfalls you encounter while installing your radio. I've installed a lot of radios, but none with the new mounting sleeve. I'm sure there's a lot of other people out there in the same boat. I have a new deck going in my 48 Chevy coupe that has that same mounting system, so I'm especially interested.
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:38 PM
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Well I braved the 15* weather today (i only say that to give dinger a sense of what he's missing) and, with the portable propane heater blazing next to me, got started. I decided to use a thin gauge aluminum I had extra, mostly since I knew there would be lots of bending involved. I measured the opening of the glovebox, and made sure everything would fit nice and snug inside the compartment. A few cuts later I had a nice square aluminum piece with a perfect slot to put the deck. I proceeded with the bends, and with a few trial and error bends I achieved the angles I was happy with. I'd have to say the most difficult part was mounting. I wasnt sure what I was going to do, and I knew after i started that my original plan to have some brackets wasnt going to work. I decided to remove the glovebox hinge, and use the three holes that were used for that to mount the lower part. then I used two predrilled holes for the upper. As it sits now, I have five 1 1/2 inch 3/8 bolts holding it in place.

The only problem throughout the project, as far as clearance is concerned, is that the heater shell gets in the way. Since the car doesnt have a heater right now, the shell will have to be removed.

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I mostly lurk around here, but here's an idea to consider. What about using one of those hidden license plate brackets, the kind that drop down when the key is on? Maybe it could be mounted under the dash and modified to hold a deck? With the key off it's hidden, hit the ignition and it drops down.
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Old 11-29-2007, 08:01 PM
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I mostly lurk around here, but here's an idea to consider. What about using one of those hidden license plate brackets, the kind that drop down when the key is on? Maybe it could be mounted under the dash and modified to hold a deck? With the key off it's hidden, hit the ignition and it drops down.
One thing about that, is that the area behind the dash is very constricted. Not much room to tuck alot under. And the deck I'm using is a little long, and wouldn't completely tuck out of sight.

Here are some pictures of the progress.


Here's the sleeves that will hold the deck. It's easier to see what I meant when I said I would just bend the metal back and drill holes. You can also see the deck is coming in contact with the heater case.




Here it is, almost done.



I'll probably just cut the bolts so they are only half an inch long. I'll also probably make some cardboard sides to fill in the open space on the sides. It'l be painted to match the dash anyway.

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Old 11-29-2007, 08:15 PM
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Not to mention the difference in weight between a license plate and a deck.
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I thought you was going to have it sticking out through the glovebox door.This is so much better
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I thought you was going to have it sticking out through the glovebox door.This is so much better
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I realized that wasnt going to work. The flatness of the deck and the curvature in the door would have made it look goofy.
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Much better setup this way...Maybe you could move your heater box and go with a smaller core and still have heat.
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