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    Custom head unit install in my 68

    I posted this on the modified forums but wanted to share here too because we have talked about it in the past here.

    I wanted to keep my factory radio(Which still works btw) and have a modern radio hidden. My 68 has a large slide out ash tray drawer that contains the cigarette lighter socket and two ash trays. I took it apart and gutted the drawer out. I had to cut the top cross pieces of it to clear the head unit, so I had to weld a bunch of reinforcements with extra steel to make it rigid with just the single lower support. Took some trial and error, and I'm pretty much done with the drawer and finished wiring the power for the head unit. Now I have to run new speaker wires front and back and get new speakers.

    Got one of these newfangled digital media head units without the cd player. The great thing about them is that they are significantly shorter front to back because they don't need room for the cd stuff. I plan to mainly use a tiny 8 gig thumb drive in the usb port. This JVC was the first one I found like it that was so small several months back. Now several brands have done the same thing. In the end, the length wasn't an issue in this location but I figured that mounted under the dash or in glove box, it would have been a good bonus. The other nice thing is that it only costs like 70 bucks, and has usb, aux input, 22 watt rms X4, and wireless remote. Has ipod/iphone capabilities but I don't have any of that stuff so it helps me not










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    Re: Custom head unit install in my 68

    Good stuff. I need to do something like this in my 71 Pontiac. I have a 90s era shaft cassette in it, with a CD changer. Time to update to something bluetooth!

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    Re: Custom head unit install in my 68

    Itīs a good solution. That JVC seems very compact and you donīt need CD player as you can copy your CD music to your memory card or USB pendrive in mp3 format. You can always buy an original ashtray if you want to reverse all to original. Thank you for sharing it.

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    Re: Custom head unit install in my 68

    Very creative!

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    Re: Custom head unit install in my 68

    I have to give credit to my buddy who sold me the car. He gave me the idea when he sold it to me. I also came across a car on ebay that had utilized the same location, but instead hinged the drawer skin and used kitchen cabinet magnet retainers to hold it closed. I thought it would be best if I could retain the drawer sliding mechanism. It makes access a bit tight, but more cool to me.

    Picked up a roll of speaker wire, and ordered some Polk 6X9s from crutchfield for 75 bucks which is supposed to be half the original price. They must be clearing them out for the new model. Gotta run wire to the back and front. Still need to decide what to do for the front speakers. I know 4" speakers are a very poor compromise but I really don't want to do any cutting on the kick panels or doors. Anything will be a huge improvement though.
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    Re: Custom head unit install in my 68

    I installed RetroSound that fits right in the original openings of the original radio and looks classic. Features bluetooth, USB, iPod, 4x25W, Sub-woofer connection, etc.

    Building something in the ashtray was my first option too, until I found this one.
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    Re: Custom head unit install in my 68

    I installed something similar: USA 630 Concours: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-USA-630-...00492f&vxp=mtr It looks more similar to original, specially when itīs off, with new spikers installed in original housing. Sounds great.

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    Re: Custom head unit install in my 68

    I checked out those retro deals as well and they appear to be a good option. I think what swayed me was the difference in price. Ive got no use for an ashtray past holding change so I figure its a good compromise. Initially I didnt think the ash tray idea was going to be possible, so Im pleased it worked out.
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