: What have you guys done to hide a modern stereo setup?



FoxRodder
01-18-13, 07:08 PM
I'm thinking about what I can do to upgrade the stereo in my 68. I want to leave the factory radio in place and install a new headunit hidden. I know they have those fancy hidden stereo setups on the classic car shows but they are way overpriced at almost 300$. I'm looking at getting a basic name brand headunit that can take a usb flashdrive. The only problem I forsee is not being able to work the volume and track selection if its in the glovebox or under the dash. Wondering if maybe there is a model with a wired remote. The fancy one uses some kind of radio frequency remote which doesnt need line of sight like the typical infrared.

I did find a company on ebay that sells several reasonable products for around 60 bucks but they are mostly designed to work with an ipod type device which I don't have and they only power two smalls speakers. I'm not asking for much, just 4 decent speakers, fm, usb port, and a cd

CADforce69
01-19-13, 11:07 AM
If you want something cheap, best option is a basic equipment with the features you are looking for, including a remote control. You can install it on the glovebox and nobody will notice. Just a question of searching.

In my case I installed in my car this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stereo-for-1969-1970-Cadillac-DeVille-Custom-Autosound-USA-230-Radio-Warranty-/140906575866?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessorie s&fits=Year%3A1969|Make%3ACadillac&hash=item20ceafb7fa&vxp=mtr

You can see here pics and comments about installation: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/rwd-19xx-1984-deville-fleetwood-1985/232166-69-sedan-de-ville-official-restoration-12.html I think itīs the definitive solution :D Sound quality is great.

cadillac kevin
01-19-13, 12:44 PM
Aside from doing the above solution, you'd have to hide the radio, either in the glovebox and use a remote or under the ashtray (get a period under dash metal tissue box and mod it)

CaddyGas
01-19-13, 02:59 PM
You can put it in the glovebox, under the seat and run the wires under the carpet. Or as others suggested under the ashtray, I wouldn't , but do what you want and like. I put a aftermarket one in my 69 eldorado and been happy since not one regret. Get one with a remote wireless set your levels, connect iPod or CD, and remote is for volume and power, not one obstacle for me.

geniusless
01-22-13, 05:29 PM
Hey man. far as stereos go, i'd suggest the glove box like i did. My 63 had a head unit, equalizer, crossover, and iPod all installed cleanly and carpeted. Sorry i don't have a pic or two of it before reviving for updated equipment.

Secondly the front doors, and front kick panels typically offer good space for separate component speakers. I did so, but kept the equipment hidden by stock door carpeting (invisible). The only problem i encountered was the rear deck, lot of metal, and i wanted it hidden. so i built a custom rear deck facade, new carpet, with hidden holes for infinity kappa series separates.

Just remember, if a thief can't see it, they don't want it. I live by this rule...

Lastly, there are a lot of new gadgets that can interface to use satellite radio, or iPods without an updated head unit. Decide what exactly you want to build price-wise, and go from there...

Longeardgaloot
01-25-13, 02:39 PM
I've been wondering about just this type of project lately. My question is - in my commuter car I've got that little dealie (by Belkin) that plugs into my iPod and my cigarette lighter so you can listen to your music on FM station, and it sounds just great. Wouldn't that be an easier way to get music in the car with minimal intrusion? What do you reckon?

CADforce69
01-25-13, 03:14 PM
I think it would be a good idea, if your FM radio is working ok. Itīs worth give it a try as it uses to be a cheap device. I would also change speakers to improve sound quality.

CaddyGas
01-25-13, 10:55 PM
I did a FM transmitter to hook up my iPod before installing my aftermarket one. They are between 40-80 dollars. You can get a good CD player with all the options for 120-175. If you get the transmitter get the one the hooks up to the antenna not the cigarette lighter they suck. The other you just setup to a station and leave never any interference, through tunnels or anything.

SWEENDOG1969
01-26-13, 12:15 AM
anyone go the custom autosound route. The one I mean is the once built for your car,not the universal box with seperate display/remote. I had the universal one and the black was too big to fit behind the dash,and the contstant drain of the clock/memory would drain the battery. I was thinking of installing a factory fm (my car came with am) and having it adapted so i can plug an mp3 player into it?

CADforce69
01-26-13, 07:45 AM
anyone go the custom autosound route. The one I mean is the once built for your car,not the universal box with seperate display/remote.

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In my case I installed in my car this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stereo-for-1969-1970-Cadillac-DeVille-Custom-Autosound-USA-230-Radio-Warranty-/140906575866?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessorie s&fits=Year%3A1969|Make%3ACadillac&hash=item20ceafb7fa&vxp=mtr

You can see here pics and comments about installation: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/rwd-19xx-1984-deville-fleetwood-1985/232166-69-sedan-de-ville-official-restoration-12.html I think itīs the definitive solution :D Sound quality is great.