: 1995 Fleetwood radio install



outsider
01-05-11, 07:16 PM
I ordered a radio for my 95 fleetwood :shhh:

the wiring harness they sent me is like 20 feet long...never seen one like that before! I'm assuming it's due to the external tuner amp or whatever...so here's the question...

Do I have to run all of these wires out back to the trunk? If so, what's the best/easiest way to run them back there?

thanks for the input.

thefleetwoodguy
01-05-11, 08:27 PM
Matt
yes best route is down the pass side lift the rug
and tuck them under
did you get the long antenna cable with the kit
if not I have one you can have....Jim

csbuckn
01-05-11, 08:33 PM
Yep, all the way back along the bottom of the doors. And I think it connects to the wires that come out the stock tuner, bypassing the tuner all together.

outsider
01-05-11, 08:34 PM
yeah it looks like a pretty good kit. has the big antenna wire and everything.

I'll probably do a write up on this when I do it saturday if the weather is nice.

As always, thanks for the info Jim!

outsider
01-08-11, 04:47 PM
So i got around to doing this...what an adventure. Here's some pics and such...

Tools needed:
flat head screw driver
9/32 socket and ratchet
wire strippers/crimpers
butt connectors
electrical tape
wire cutters
patients

http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00380-20110107-1417.jpg
This is in the trunk. that box is the "tuner amp" or whatever that you need to bypass.

Start by finding a place to pass the wires from the trunk. I taped the ends together so I'd have a solid wire to push through and found a hole to send it through.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00381-20110107-1417.jpg

From there, you can reach it behind the back seat.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00382-20110107-1418.jpg

Pull it along the back...
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00383-20110107-1424.jpg

Then into the front...
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00384-20110107-1424.jpg

At this point I had some problems. Turns out the door sills on my 95 are screwed in place. Trying to unscrew them didn't work because the screw holes were full of road salt and the heads were rusted down to nothing. Luckily, I was able to pull back the carpet without removing them and run the wire down under the carpet, then just tucked the carpet back in.

Then I undid the passenger kick panel...just 3 9/32 bolts to remove it.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00385-20110107-1616.jpg

Ran the wires over the kick panel and up into the center of the dash.

To get the old radio out you first have to remove the wooden trim piece along the top of the dash.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00386-20110107-1616.jpg

They can be stubborn and I was afraid mine was going to snap a few times...but it came off eventually.

Under that there are 2 9/32 bolts holding on the center dash trim. Take those bolts off and the trim pulls right off.

Stock radio is also held in with 4 9/32 bolts, then pulls out and has 2 wiring harnesses to disconnect.

Now that infamous bracket that is behind the stock radio..I didn't have a dremel tool so I took a flathead screwdriver and a hammer and just chiseled away at the bottom seam of it, then just reached in and ripped it off. came out clean.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00388-20110108-0947.jpg

Splice up your wiring harness...
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00387-20110108-0947.jpg

borrow the stock radio mounting brackets...
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00390-20110108-1000.jpg

transfer those to your "kit". As TurboJimmy said, the kit crutchfield sends isn't a great fit but I don't think it's possible to get a really good fit with the way the center dash trim is made. the stock radio opening is too narrow...

Anyways, a little trimming of the kit and eventually you'll get it in and looking decent.
http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab227/CadillacMatt/IMG00391-20110108-1130.jpg

Hope this helps someone out. It wasn't that bad of an install, more time consuming than others I've done but the results are pretty good.

beatz02
01-08-11, 09:40 PM
Looks good. Is the bezel with the vents locked back into its original position? Mine sticks out a little.. I'm thinking about removing it altogether in favor of a custom trim of fiberglass.

AElayyat
01-09-11, 01:35 AM
looks good!

twv5150
01-09-11, 02:38 AM
Great Post...that's exactly the same JVC Head unit I'm preparing to install
in my 95 FWB. I also have a Pioneer 12 disc FM mod changer for the trunk,
but will probably utilize the input in the head unit for my Zune player.
Was a bit intimidated at first, but after seeing it, I'll go forward with the task
when dry, warmer weather returns. I use to work at a Crabtree's Electronics Store
in Fort Worth after school doing installs and selling equipment back in the late
60's when it was a whole lot simplier times and equipment. I even helped a buddy
install a "4-track" tape deck in his dad's 66 Galaxie 500 way back in 67. And a guy down
the block actually had a record player in his 57 Ford Fairlane.

outsider
01-09-11, 10:43 AM
yeah the trim is all back in it's original position and doesn't stick out at all. in order to do that I had to use the radio bezel that came with the kit instead of the one that came with the radio...and I had to cut slots into the metal basket that the radio goes into so the new bezel could snap into place.

turbojimmy
01-09-11, 06:55 PM
yeah the trim is all back in it's original position and doesn't stick out at all. in order to do that I had to use the radio bezel that came with the kit instead of the one that came with the radio...and I had to cut slots into the metal basket that the radio goes into so the new bezel could snap into place.

Nice work!

That is a different mounting arrangement than on the '96. What you have is what's pictured in the Metra kit. Glad it worked so well for you!

lockettjesse
08-30-13, 02:22 PM
Does anyone have the dimensions for the stock stereo in the 1995 fleetwood brougham?