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    speaker size and locations

    while I'm waiting on my engine rebuild, I'm working on brakes and interior. What size rear speakers and where are people mounting them? The rear deck holes look narrow, will the rear seat side trim panels hold speakers?
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      RE: speaker size and locations

      I will recommend you do not cut any plastic side panels for speaker installation.

      These original panels are so rare to find now unmolested and they are so expensive to replace.

      If your panels are already cut up then it doesn't matter.

      If you have a non fold down rear seat then traditionally you put the speakers through the package tray and you cut the fiber insert and the metal in the trunk. Somebody did that to my car.
      That gives you the rear speaker mounts.

      In the front you can either install speakers in the doors, or kick panels they make aftermarket molded speaker houses for the kick panels. For the doors you can get factory style grills and make it look like your car came with a factory am/fm radio.

      Then you can also install a dual center channel speaker under the dash pad.
      This was the factory mount for the am radio mono speaker channel.

      My car originally had an am radio so I only got the center speaker in the dash, then somebody later added a sears radio and installed 2 rear speakers on the package tray.

      I trashed the entire thing and went back to stock, but I installed a dual voice speaker in place of the mono speaker and installed a oem am/fm radio. I've thought about installed a complete fm system in the doors but haven't found all the pieces, honestly the sound isn't that bad with the stock radio setup, granted it's tinny but I figured it was the way to cause the least amount of damage.

      Most of time people cut the rear quarter panels or if they have fold downs they put them at the top of the rear quarter trim or further back on the trunk wall sides.

      They have new types of speaker systems you could install under the seats and it's suppose to be just as good as a surround sound system Boise makes something like that.
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        RE: speaker size and locations

        (10-04-2010 05:17 PM)72HCODE Wrote:  I will recommend you do not cut any plastic side panels for speaker installation.

        These original panels are so rare to find now unmolested and they are so expensive to replace.

        If your panels are already cut up then it doesn't matter.

        If you have a non fold down rear seat then traditionally you put the speakers through the package tray and you cut the fiber insert and the metal in the trunk. Somebody did that to my car.
        That gives you the rear speaker mounts.

        In the front you can either install speakers in the doors, or kick panels they make aftermarket molded speaker houses for the kick panels. For the doors you can get factory style grills and make it look like your car came with a factory am/fm radio.

        Then you can also install a dual center channel speaker under the dash pad.
        This was the factory mount for the am radio mono speaker channel.

        My car originally had an am radio so I only got the center speaker in the dash, then somebody later added a sears radio and installed 2 rear speakers on the package tray.

        I trashed the entire thing and went back to stock, but I installed a dual voice speaker in place of the mono speaker and installed a oem am/fm radio. I've thought about installed a complete fm system in the doors but haven't found all the pieces, honestly the sound isn't that bad with the stock radio setup, granted it's tinny but I figured it was the way to cause the least amount of damage.

        Most of time people cut the rear quarter panels or if they have fold downs they put them at the top of the rear quarter trim or further back on the trunk wall sides.

        They have new types of speaker systems you could install under the seats and it's suppose to be just as good as a surround sound system Boise makes something like that.

        Thanks for the imput. Seems like front dash pad and rear deck for least damage and less work. Alan
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          RE: speaker size and locations

          count the doors also, since they make good repo parts you can hack away, you could easily get an 8 speaker system in the car without too much damage.

          2 in the door, 2 in the kick panels, 2 in the center dash, 2 in the rear. the system would have more output to the front but with big rears and a good amp and good sound insulation you should be able to balance it well.

          sound insulation is going to be a big thing otherwise you will hear every tinny piece of metal rattling around the interior.

          something like dynamat or they make a sound proofing bedliner type of spray like undercoat you have to mask everything off that shouldn't get covered in it but its a good seal.

          don at ohio sells the 71-73 kick panel speaker pods.
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            RE: speaker size and locations

            Someone mounted 5-1/4" speakers in the front kick panels of the 71 Mach1. Seems like a good place to put them as it doesn't mess up the dash, doors or anything else. You can barely even see them down there!
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              RE: speaker size and locations

              I used the stock locations in the doors and dual speaker located in the stock dash location with OEM am/fm. Looks stock, no cutting required, sounds OK, not great. A modern radio would help it sound much better but I just can't bear to put one in.

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                RE: speaker size and locations

                (10-04-2010 05:06 PM)not2old Wrote:  while I'm waiting on my engine rebuild, I'm working on brakes and interior. What size rear speakers and where are people mounting them? The rear deck holes look narrow, will the rear seat side trim panels hold speakers?

                I added the speaker like 72HCode suggested in the dash: the one speaker that has dual center channel speakers. Then I sprayed the inside of the doors with lizardskin, cut holes, installed speakers and added the factory speaker grilles on the door panels. That is all I could do since mine is a ragtop and I didn't want to cut the panels in the back seat.
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                  RE: speaker size and locations

                  (11-02-2010 05:21 PM)Robotec1 Wrote:  
                  (10-04-2010 05:06 PM)not2old Wrote:  while I'm waiting on my engine rebuild, I'm working on brakes and interior. What size rear speakers and where are people mounting them? The rear deck holes look narrow, will the rear seat side trim panels hold speakers?

                  I added the speaker like 72HCode suggested in the dash: the one speaker that has dual center channel speakers. Then I sprayed the inside of the doors with lizardskin, cut holes, installed speakers and added the factory speaker grilles on the door panels. That is all I could do since mine is a ragtop and I didn't want to cut the panels in the back seat.

                  Any chance you could post a pic or two? I'd love to see the final result so I can get ideas for my convertible as well.

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                    RE: speaker size and locations

                    I posted a couple of pics in the 71 gallery. There is an interior pic where you can see the door speaker and a pic with no interior, just a firewall pad and you can see the lizard skin. I can get closeups of whatever you want. I can even offer the sprayer for the lizard skin as long as I get it back in the same condition. That would save you some bucks.
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                      RE: speaker size and locations

                      (11-06-2010 09:28 AM)Robotec1 Wrote:  I posted a couple of pics in the 71 gallery. There is an interior pic where you can see the door speaker and a pic with no interior, just a firewall pad and you can see the lizard skin. I can get closeups of whatever you want. I can even offer the sprayer for the lizard skin as long as I get it back in the same condition. That would save you some bucks.

                      IS the Lizzard skin good for both noise and heat or are there two different versions?
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