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Ha. Fancy boy big new age tech touch screen hooked up to three old school poopy speakers.
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Itís hard to tell from the pics, but how did you handle that transition from the curve of the dash to the squared off head unit? What materials did you use?

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Ha. Fancy boy big new age tech touch screen hooked up to three old school poopy speakers. <img src="http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="smile" class="inlineimg" />
There will be five poopy speakers; two 6x9’s in the rear package tray as well. I’m just excited I will be able to hear this stereo over the engine/exhaust noise compared to my 67. &#x1f609;

Which reminds me... I have an extra 4x10 speaker if anyone is interested. It’s a standard coaxial 4 ohm affair, single voice coil. Maybe when I can confirm the success of my center channel experiment it might be an easier sell...&#x1f601;


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It’s hard to tell from the pics, but how did you handle that transition from the curve of the dash to the squared off head unit? What materials did you use?
I don’t seem to have the picture that shows it, but after cutting the large hole in the dash I inserted a flat steel piece on the left and right sides of the head unit hole. Those pieces were then welded to the metal dash (I had to weld and do metal repair on the dash where it was torn up beyond the opening). Those pieces are flush to the dash at the top and bottom, and behind the dash the pieces have holes drilled in them so I can screw the head unit directly to the brackets.

I will see if I can find the pic tonight and I will post it.

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I had a slightly hacked hole in my dash from a PO putting in a newer single din stereo. I decided to make it an easy fix at the time (no welder on hand) so I put in a radio delete panel, and then added a double din touch screen to a center console. It was made to take one, stereo is easy to reach and use, and sits at a good angle to see it. Bonus is the cup holders.
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Now five poopy speakers I can go for. I learned years ago that our cars were very audio limited up front so might as well get used to all the good noise coming mostly from the back.
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That's a nice clean looking install, kiwinz. Got any larger non-thumbnail pictures?
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That's a nice clean looking install, kiwinz. Got any larger non-thumbnail pictures?
Thanks Gypsy. Lets see if these images upload better. I seem to have issues getting the right file size to be able to upload without them being small. Also can't stop some of them from rotating. Let me know any tricks to uploading images - I searched the forum and cant find them. And photo bucket has left lots of posts missing the valuable photos!

This came with the dash cover and supporting brackets ripped off, so I smoothed it and called it good. A little rattle can action for paint and its looking ok. I have a matching tach and a size gauge bezel coming to finally move the tach into the dash.
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Sweet! The console is growing on me too. Many folks make their own but they tend to be slab-sided and as there are hardly any straight lines inside our cars those curves make it look much more at home than most of those. Whether you made it or bought it, it looks good.

I just snap pics on my phone and transfer them to a PC then upload them to Postimages.org. Then when I need them I just link to them, whatever size they happen to be. People with slower connections may not be terribly happy about that though. I've noticed the pictures I took a few years back that were transferred over from Photobucket are smaller, about half the size. Ones from my newer phone put on Postimage transfer the size of the first picture. Older ones the second picture. I never messed with the sizes. Ain't nobody got time for that.



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Ryan's is sooo good. Really considering attempting to do something similar in my console that will play FLAC or similar files from internal or external memory and transition from digital to analog connections back to an amp. It won't be expertly hidden as his is though I know my limitations heh. I don't really want to mess with my phone to change songs etc. Waiting for current tech to get cheap Maybe audio in 2 years or so based on my current rate of movement lol.

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My plan is to put a double din in my 66 fastback but will not be cutting up the dash. I just repaired a friends dash who had hacked it up to put in a cassette player. I will be building a sort of console under the dash to go from floor to the underside of the dash then machine a fancy billet aluminum face to mount it in. I need a backup camera so that's my main reason for the double din but will also have GPS built in for long cruises. I'll post pics when I start this project
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Wanted to post an update....

Got the head unit installed finally. It is a TIGHT fit, but, it fits! I had a close clearance issue with the 4x10 speaker in the dash, there is maybe an 1/8" clearance from the top of the head unit to the bottom of the speaker magnet, but it doesn't hit and that's what matters! I am gonna try out using the center speaker in conjunction with the two 4x6 door speakers to get a better sound field. We'll see how it goes...
When you cut out the hole did you take out the dash pad? Also did you have to make any modifications to the dash pad to get clearance? I bought a double din install cage, and I can't see how it would fit without cutting the dash pad where the top of the cage would fit. Thanks

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When you cut out the hole did you take out the dash pad? Also did you have to make any modifications to the dash pad to get clearance? I bought a double din install cage, and I can't see how it would fit without cutting the dash pad where the top of the cage would fit. Thanks
Most definitely the dash pad came out. I had to cut, grind, and weld my dash (not to mention paint) to get it back together. I didn’t have to modify the pad, but again, it was a tight fit. I too purchased the double din cage but figured out I couldn’t use it because it was just a tad too big height wise. I cut the dash down nearly all the way to the bottom curved edge to get the stereo wedged in to not have to modify the dash pad.

But when pushing the stereo further down you have to also watch out for the heater controls. I had to trim a 1/4” or so off of one of the studs that hold the heater controls in because it was catching on the bottom of the head unit. If you can figure out a way to bring the dash pad up a 1/2” in that stereo area you will have plenty of clearance and could utilize the cage, but unmodified it won’t quite work.

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Most definitely the dash pad came out. I had to cut, grind, and weld my dash (not to mention paint) to get it back together. I didnít have to modify the pad, but again, it was a tight fit. I too purchased the double din cage but figured out I couldnít use it because it was just a tad too big height wise. I cut the dash down nearly all the way to the bottom curved edge to get the stereo wedged in to not have to modify the dash pad.

But when pushing the stereo further down you have to also watch out for the heater controls. I had to trim a 1/4Ē or so off of one of the studs that hold the heater controls in because it was catching on the bottom of the head unit. If you can figure out a way to bring the dash pad up a 1/2Ē in that stereo area you will have plenty of clearance and could utilize the cage, but unmodified it wonít quite work.
Thanks for the info. When looking at the cage it is about 1/4" too tall. I know the holes for the two pad studs are large so maybe pushing the pad up some will give me the clearance I need. Since you didn't use the cage how did you attach the head unit, and while we are talking about the head unit, which brand and model did you go with? What are the dimensions of the head unit, Height, Width, and depth w/o the cage?

Thanks again for the info and help.

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Double-Din in 65 with black dash

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Dang! OK. I kinda like touchscreens myself. I've gotten pretty fond of the one I put in SWMBO's Expedition. DVD, GPS, and apps like Slacker, Waze, and Pandora are great on long trips. My issue with the revology one would be that the interior's all shiny paint, chrome, and woodgrain and then there's this big black plastic thing. As new tech in old tech it's never really going to blend but I can see one looking a LOT better in a black dash. There's a couple I've seen in consoles that look pretty slick.

I think I'll stick with single DIN's myself. Some of those flip out screen ones are really tempting me lately.
OK, Gypsy. I put a double-din into my 65 that has a black dash. Does it look better?

It has bluetooth, DVD, backup camera, GPS Navi, and SD card input. It is a Kenwood DNX773S, and does fit without interference from the wiper motor. The only thing I would do different is move it to the glovebox 1/4" as I had interference with the switch that controls the blower motor. I had to leave where it was since I already had a single din in place. I did modify the switch so it was moved closer to the instrument panel for the cage to fit.

I have all the steps to do this, and if anyone is interested I can create a new thread. Just let me know.
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