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I wanted to add a modern HD radio with navigation to the 66 vert I am restoring. I did not want to cut up the dash in case I wanted to maybe use the original radio etc.
Pioneer and maybe some others, have bought out a radio which has the display separate from the body and linked with a cable. I measured the smaller Pioneer model and it fits. I made a thin bezel that attaches on the side to display that matches the shape of the dash, need to finish it a bit better and paint them maybe white which will be the color of the dash. I made some brackets with captive nuts so the display is held in place with 2 screws through the holes of dash where the volume and tuning knobs would be. The body I will fix in place behind the dash when I have worked out other "stuff" that might be in the way.
This is the radio I used.
I will most likely run the wires for the front and rear camera, could help to park the car safely in the garage.
No dash was harmed in the fitting of this radio and the ashtray and heater controls will function as normal.
 

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I do believe this to be the very best implementation of later style radio in an early car I've ever seen.
 

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Looks really good. I have thought about those units that have the bigger screen separate from the unit. Looks really good. I am planning to do as much modernizing as possible. It will have android auto and possibly keyless start. I have gotten really used to not having to take the keys out of my pocket.
 

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I test fitted the cable to the display, it is not fully plugged in. The brain was sitting on the cowl / windshield flange through the speaker hole, it is a reasonable length. If you don't fit the windshield you could leave it up there. 😊
The brain is not big, same width as display 7 x 5 1/4 x 2", maybe the same size as a regular radio. As it does not have a CD / DVD it does not matter on orientation, it has a small fan. I am hoping it will fit behind the display maybe mounted to the ashtray mount or from the dash above.
The other picture is the rear of the display with the test brackets.
 

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Good job putting 6 screw holes in the LCD chassis. I bet that wasn't covered in the installation instructions. There are extension cables available. But I'm sure the OP will build a nice little bracket for the black box.
 

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Been toying with ideas myself for my 65. What is model number of that Pioneer?
 

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I test fitted the cable to the display, it is not fully plugged in. The brain was sitting on the cowl / windshield flange through the speaker hole, it is a reasonable length. If you don't fit the windshield you could leave it up there. 😊
The brain is not big, same width as display 7 x 5 1/4 x 2", maybe the same size as a regular radio. As it does not have a CD / DVD it does not matter on orientation, it has a small fan. I am hoping it will fit behind the display maybe mounted to the ashtray mount or from the dash above.
The other picture is the rear of the display with the test brackets.
Why not 2 studs to mount to dash ? Looks good.
 

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Why not 2 studs to mount to dash ?
The display fits quite tightly under the dash so I would not be able to fit the display then the dash pad afterwards. Using the old radio knob holes holds the display nicely in place against the dash.

I did put the link to the radio I used in the first post but seems to have gone.
Pioneer DMH-C2550NEX
 

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I was going to do it like this. I don’t like the idea of the screen visible when parked, especially in my case with a convertible.

 

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The display fits quite tightly under the dash so I would not be able to fit the display then the dash pad afterwards. Using the old radio knob holes holds the display nicely in place against the dash.

I did put the link to the radio I used in the first post but seems to have gone.
Pioneer DMH-C2550NEX

If you want more room you can go with the 65 dash pad.
 

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This is for a convertible. I installed a Pioneer double din years ago in my sons Saab convertible. I took a picture of the stock radio and mounted it on the trim of a double din radio. When he parked the car he would clip the trim around his Pioneer display. From outside the car it looked quite good and made the car look quite stock. I will most likely do the same thing.
If somebody wants to steal your stereo or your car, they will.You can make it awkward for them but if they really want it, they will take it. Enjoy your car while you have it.
The reason I wanted a display type of radio was for navigation, maybe for phone. So I wanted to see it and not have to glance down too far when driving. The other option would be a display that pops out of the center speaker grill but that would stick too far up if I kept the stock dash.
 

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If you want more room you can go with the 65 dash pad.
My dash already has the holes for the dash pad "wings" and I purchased the dash pad a while ago.
Maybe the larger radio Pioneer would have covered the holes.
I could have gone the Revology Cars way but I wanted the smaller unit.
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Very clean!! Nice!!


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The display fits quite tightly under the dash so I would not be able to fit the display then the dash pad afterwards. Using the old radio knob holes holds the display nicely in place against the dash.

I did put the link to the radio I used in the first post but seems to have gone.
Pioneer DMH-C2550NEX
No ,I like that you used the factory radio holes but wondered why you did not use a stud which might make it easier to attach to dash as opposed to trying to reach back there and put in a screw.
 

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I saw the unit on the Crutchfield website and the pictures were very poor. It looked like were no screw holes on the back of the screen. But obviously there are.
 
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