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    lostforawhile's hatchback head unit relocation

    I've been trying to figure out what to do about the radio, the choke control and fuel pressure gauge take up the old radio space, I was going to mount it under the seat and use a remote extender, but ran into problems, i finally mounted the radio BOX under the seat, but this is where i came up with to mount the face on the new dash i'm building.

    first I made this nifty aluminum plate out of a chunk of aluminum.......







    notice the volume knob, I've been missing the cheap plastic knob for a while, the answer has been staring me right in the face, pulled this knob off of an old VOR radio from an airplane, it's sitting on my mantlepiece. It already had the set screws in it and everything, nice black aluminum knob. All I had to do was redrill the center hole to a larger size. I always thought this clarion looked like an aircraft panel radio anyway, and the knob adds to the illusion. Since I have aircraft stuff all in the car it blends in perfectly. the face will be connected to the radio box with a multi wire cable. the dash will be black, so i painted the aluminum surround for the radio face ultra flat black, and I also changed the aluminum piece that holds my gauges to ultra flat black. All aircraft instrument surrounds are that color.



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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Thats crazy lost.


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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    what do you do if you wanna put a cd in it?

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Quote Originally Posted by A18A View Post
    what do you do if you wanna put a cd in it?
    You break a CD. lol. I've always liked those remote installs. I had a buddy that put his faceplate in his armrest (it was a truck so it was right on his arm) and his actual head unit under the seat. It was pretty trick.
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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Quote Originally Posted by A18A View Post
    what do you do if you wanna put a cd in it?
    the box is under the passenger seat, just slide in the cd like normal

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Hey not to threadjack lost, but what did you do for your Oil return line on the back of the engine?
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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Quote Originally Posted by 2drSE-i View Post
    Hey not to threadjack lost, but what did you do for your Oil return line on the back of the engine?
    well i've got two i have a remote oil filter so i have a filter adaptor and two oil lines going to the filter. then two more lines going to the cooler still don't have the money for the oil thermostat right now. i have an entire thread somewhere.

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    lets ask Doctor Dre

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    looks good lost! i like the airplaned theme you have going on ^_^ pretty clever way to mount the radio if i do say so myself
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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    I'm getting ready to paint the dash, I was going to use the expensive paint, but everyone is saying to use Krylon fusion now, it sticks like glue, it's UV resistant, and it's supposed to bond into the plastic and vinyl surface. I've been testing a piece of trim, so far two weeks of sun and weather exposure, no fading, and the satin finish black is the exact same shade of gloss that the original trim pieces have. A lot of people I know have used it and they say it's holding up great. Once i get the cutouts in the dash made for the gauge panel and the wire feed through for the radio face, i'll take the entire dash apart and paint it. getting very close to getting this dash installed in the car. I installed riv nuts in the dash to hold the aluminum pieces, drilled the holes slightly undersize, then put epoxy in the holes and pushed the rivnuts in. gives me threaded mounting points for this stuff.

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    dude i just got to say ur a fuckin genius man. dude like theres people out there lookin for guys like u. and makin big bx
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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    lol i just realized that you and i have the exact same cd player in our accords. nice. of course yours is mounted in a way cooler way. awesome work though, i cant wait for final pics of this.

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Quote Originally Posted by b20a86lude View Post
    dude i just got to say ur a fuckin genius man. dude like theres people out there lookin for guys like u. and makin big bx
    right now no one is looking for anyone in custom stuff at all, no one is even getting custom stuff done, it will pick back up later though. It's supposed to warm back up this week then i'll paint the dash, and finish putting it back together. I still need to pull the old dash and swap over the wire harnesses from it and the heat and air control panel. once I get the dash in the car should start to come together quick.

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Quote Originally Posted by oldschoolhatch View Post
    lol i just realized that you and i have the exact same cd player in our accords. nice. of course yours is mounted in a way cooler way. awesome work though, i cant wait for final pics of this.
    yea i want to finish the dash this week and get it put in,nothing much else to do but look for a job and work on the car.

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    I could swear half of this thread is missing. anyway without the dash painted


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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    the acrylic will clean up nice I have some special polish to take out the scratches. the life of a removable face radio ,they make the carrying case so big it's like an eighties cell phone.

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    I need to get some good D sub connectors that are shielded to hook the two pieces together these things are sensitive to rf interference

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    at least get a nicer stereo...but that is just my opinion...i know you just like good gadgets

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Quote Originally Posted by MessyHonda View Post
    at least get a nicer stereo...but that is just my opinion...i know you just like good gadgets
    I like this clarion, this is one of the cleanest sounding head units i've ever heard, and indestructible. I'll polish the face back up again. I have an ipod dock and xm radio too so it serves mostly as an fm tuner. i picked it specifically for it's simplicity, it has more features then it looks like but a very simple layout which suits the car well

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    well I was going to solder a D connector to the wiring from the radio face, but I've discovered my eyes have gotten really bad, and I have tremors in my hands now, so i'm no longer able to solder the tiny pins sadly, I've been soldering stuff like that since I was six, I ended up having to use Molex connectors instead of D connectors.
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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Quote Originally Posted by lostforawhile View Post
    well I was going to solder a D connector to the wiring from the radio face, but I've discovered my eyes have gotten really bad, and I have tremors in my hands now, so i'm no longer able to solder the tiny pins sadly, I've been soldering stuff like that since I was six, I ended up having to use Molex connectors instead of D connectors.
    Looks good man. Nothing wrong with Molex connectors, for reals. Take care of yourself. You know too much to go killing yourself. We need you here. Stay out of the solvents and plastics and phosgene and what-not, okay?
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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Looks good man. Nothing wrong with Molex connectors, for reals. Take care of yourself. You know too much to go killing yourself. We need you here. Stay out of the solvents and plastics and phosgene and what-not, okay?
    Ok I will some other stuff going on with my health don't want to go into it here, I'll write on the blackboard 500 times I will use my respirator, I will use my respirator.................

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    i finally found a 20 wire data cable in my junk so the face is connected to the wire, i had 5 dollars left in my paypal so i ordered a solder sucker for 3 bucks plus free shipping. i need to take the original contact off of the radio box,so i can solder in the wires. this is a complex setup, i have an fm modulator and a manual switch box hidden in the car, it switches between XM radio, the Ipod, and the video screen in the hatch.

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    Re: finally found a place to mount the radio,well sort of

    still waiting on my solder sucker, it was 3 dollars and change including free shipping, but i didn't know it was being shipped on the slow boat from Taiwan, for that price as long as it unsolder s the pins on the radio box socket, it will work. I had a really nice Weller rework De soldering station with the electric vacuum pump,the whole deal, but it broke and parts aren't available.

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