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Changing from 2 post radio to modern 1 DIN?

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Gee Steve, if you have an uncut dash I wouldn't cut into it.  But if you want to, you have to cut the dash and figure out a bracket that will hold the radio to the dash frame.  You might be better off installing the radio in the map pocket (I don't like the glove box option because it's too hard to reach).

Brett also had some ideas about this.  I'm going to always suggest that you keep the car original...expect that from me cause that's the way I am.  Other people like to upgrade the sound system and usually they do a great job.  However, how many speakers in the door panels or console have we seen over the years....and that looks totally ugly!

Of course my T/A is not my daily driver so I'm not too concerned about fact, I usually listen to sports talk radio and you don't need much for that!

the cut is very complicated, once you cut you cannot go back, if you cut the opening to big.... your out of luck, if you do not cut it straight.... same deal. There are way to many options out there to cut it !! There is the Map pocket, glove box, underdash mounts and even a radio that has a big box that you can put in the trunk, and a small display to go up front

what color is you interior ? What condition is you dash in ? Hey if it is tan and in good condition... i will trade you one that is already cut..... you know to "help" you out *LOL*

And as far as the front speaker goes... it is a 4x10 and what i did was to take the speaker as a template and cut a piece of wood that size, then bought a pair of 3.5 in speakers. Mounted them to the plate, but made one side of each speaker lower to kick them on a V so that it does not sound mono and do have some seperation from the left and right channel... sounds very good.... cannot complain at all.

Also have done this on a eary 70's nova sounded very good

Sorry man, my interior/dash is black. But it is in GREAT shape, no cracks, rips, tears, warps, nothin. Well, the only thing that keeps me wondering which way to go is my current stereo. Its not a factory stereo, its an old 2 post Kenwood casette deck. If i had the factory deck I may consider installing a CD player in the map pocket. And I dont want to buy a factory tape deck just for looks.  I just want to know whose crazy idea it was to mold a two post bezel into the dash at the factory...i hate that person.

Anyway, I guess Ill just pull it apart and take a look around, see what I come up with.

Oh yeah, lets say I pull the deck, will I find a factory wiring harness in there or did they have harnesses back then?

Thanks again guys

Oh, and to be honest, I havent pulled the deck thats in yet, and I know there is a trim face bezel that goes over the actual molded piece, so who knows, maybe ill get lucky and find its already cut.

ta78w72: is a 1978 car.  They all had the two post radio's.  In fact, 1978 was a big year....they went to the new type radio with ungrounded speakers, the same type they use today.

Try the map pocket....or Brett had posted they he knows someone that rebuilds new radio's in the old two post shell (did I recall that correctly?).  Put the CD changer in the trunk and you're all set.

An uncut dash is a much sought after item.


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