Rear deck stereo speakers?

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Rear deck stereo speakers?

Post by dontano » Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:02 pm

Hi. I hate the idea of having to cut two holes in the rear metal deck to mount stereo speakers. I'm thinking about surface mount speakers, which will only require drilling 4 small holes to bolt them down. What do you think?

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Re: Rear deck stereo speakers?

Post by works4food » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:09 pm

Here's what I did:

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Re: Rear deck stereo speakers?

Post by dontano » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:02 pm

Thanks worksforfood. That looks great, but what did you do with the solid metal deck shelf? Did you just eliminate it?

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Post by Gagarin » Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:18 pm

dontano wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:02 pm
Thanks worksforfood. That looks great, but what did you do with the solid metal deck shelf? Did you just eliminate it?
My question as well, i just painted and re-installed my package tray as well, literally this AM. I was looking at speaker mounting options as well but having been on this earth for a spell and knowing my limitations it did not take me long to give up on the idea. So how did you fare?
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Post by Mheiron » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:39 pm

You could save a lot of trouble by buying a good Bluetooth speaker and playing tunes off your phone unless your really nostalgic and like to listen to how bad the old radios sound! I’ve even tried the antenna adapter to the phone.

I go for the look of the original radio but prefer to listen to tunes through modern equipment. Modern equipment installed in a classic car looks odd to me. I’ve fooled around a long time trying to get the old equipment to at least sound decent but it just can’t satisfy the modern ear.

The metal shelf for the original ford rear speaker option had slots cut in it. It wasn’t centered but was on the passenger side. My ‘63 shelf is like that. Can’t imagine that it would ever sound good but the dash speaker also plays through a metal grid so who knows what ford was thinking back then.

The Bluetooth speaker on the console is much easier and it’ll play louder than I want to hear. Sounds excellent.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
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Re: Rear deck stereo speakers?

Post by dontano » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:21 pm

Gagarin, I'll crawl around the trunk in the next few days and try to figure out how to remove the metal rear deck without bending it up. Once it's out of the car, I'm sure cutting the openings for stereo speakers will be pretty straight forward. I'll let you know.

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Post by MN63Tbird » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:32 pm

Here is another option instead of cutting up the rear deck. I mounted speakers behind the front seats. The Panels are removable for judging. Sound may not be as robust as the rear mount speakers but they do provide a nice bass note. I also used the front center speaker and mounted two small tweeters under the dash in the corners.

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Post by dontano » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:37 am

Very cool. I'll look into that. Thanks!

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Post by works4food » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:52 am

dontano wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:02 pm
Thanks worksforfood. That looks great, but what did you do with the solid metal deck shelf? Did you just eliminate it?
I've the same concern: destroying a perfectly good package shelf trying to get the right look & sound. So I decided to fabricate one for a trail run.
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I originally drilled many small holes in the shape of the speaker, but it sounded way to muffled. My next step is to cover the hardboard shelf with vinyl with piping to extend the piping from the rear seats for an added bit of style. I'll then use a leather punch to create holes, again, and hopefully the sound will be less impeded. I'll send the final results.

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Re: Rear deck stereo speakers?

Post by dontano » Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:59 am

Wow. That's awesome!

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Post by Joe Johnston » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:29 pm

I wonder how your new deck would look covered with the Sunbrella fabric? (Google it) Its an outdoor fabric available in lots of colors and would let the sound through. Some small support strips across the speaker openings may be required though to prevent sagging. Just a thought!
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