My 68 is far from being a concours restoration, but I wanted to minimize the number of visible modern improvements. Some will be "unavoidable", but others can be hidden. I wanted modern front speakers, but I wanted a more stock look.
I've been looking at how best to approach the front speakers for quite some time, and I didn't want to use the aftermarket kick panels built for speakers for various reasons. They don't give you much depth to work with, and if you use spacers, they stick too far out for my taste. So I bought a set of Torino speaker pods from Ebay. I understand they were used on some 69-71 Torinos, Fairlanes, Rancheros, Cyclones, and Cougars with a AM/FM Stereo or 8 track, and they match up to the identation that is stock to the kick plates on all 67-68 mustangs:
Here's a picture of the gasket for these pods:
I used some Alpine 6.5" two way speakers. They fit in the pods, nicely:
I had the fenders off, so I used the gasket as a template and cut out the holes with a drill and a jigsaw, then cleaned up and painted the fresh cut edges. Here's a shot of the hole with the fenders mocked up so I could test fit the pods for clearance.
With the fenders mocked up and the pods installed. No clearance problems!
And finally, the speakers installed:
I'll problaby use stock style kick panels, cut out a hole and install a plain, more traditional "old school" looking speaker grill, similar to this one: