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When I first bought the 65fb it came without a radio, but the dash had already been chopped to he** for an 8 track player at some point so please no one get upset that I cut a dash. I have a patch panel sitting in the garage that I can weld in at anytime I decide to do away with the din install.

http://www.dodgestang.com/images/radio7.jpg

Anyway, back to the install. For those of us that want to or have already put headunit into a 65-66 mustang you know that there is one very tricky part to the installation. The dash is concave and on the 65s even has a indent groove. These 2 things make installing a din head unit flush to the dash impossible.

After some extensive measuring, lots of conceptual drawings, and a bit of poking and proding with a screw driver, I developed a mounting technigue that the purist will hate, but some of you might like. BTW, this is also for the non-smokers, since it removes a functional ashtray from the front of the car ;)

The lowest part of the 65 dash just before it curves and turns under, from the recessed area down is exactly the size of a din steroe. Using my trusty sawzaw and a razor blade to slit the paint I easily cut through this area and bent the metal back so it would accept the din mount bracket. This part of the dash is also straight, which provides an excellent mating surface for a nice looking final installation.

http://www.dodgestang.com/images/radio6.jpg

But wait you say, the ashtray mounting bracket is there which will prevent the radio from sitting at the angle in the dash. No problems here. The bracket is held in with 4 screws and then it drops right out allowing you to slide the headunit into the bracket.

http://www.dodgestang.com/images/radio2.jpg

After the radiot installation is complete, I will trim the ashtray bracket to fit back in under the radio. I will also have to perform an operation on the ashtray it self. The original plan was to just pull off the front cover and mount it in its stock location, but now I am thinking with a little cutting and a little welding I can make a custom smaller ashtry that will be fully functional.

The next part of the installation is getting rid of that unsightly hole above the radio from the old shaft style radio. The solution, 1. Shelby Radio Delete Plate care of Whizco and the Mustang Ranch.

http://www.dodgestang.com/images/radio1.jpg

Now let me tell you, this is one fantastic peice, tough too. Made of fiber glass I wailed on this thing with the sawzaw for the macro cuts needed and then power sanded it to the exact demensions I needed. Coated with paint, and installed.

http://www.dodgestang.com/images/radio3.jpg

Off course since I am idiot, I put the freshly painted peice on my workbench and then decided to sneeze kicking up a huge cloud of fiberglass from all the sanding and cutting I did so now I have a textured finished :( I will strip it and repaint it another time to fix that.

http://www.dodgestang.com/images/radio4.jpg

And there you have it, one semi custom installation the puts the headunit in a position that it sits flush for the cleanest install look and a simple, yet tasteful solution for the (w)hole problem ::

Next up, speaker placement and wiring. This will off course be a little more trick than the headunit since I have NO intention of cutting up any of my beatiful door panels or fiberglass :)
 

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That's cool! Me likes, me must do to my 66 very soon and it too has been hacked. Could you maybe get a straight on shot of the unit, the last one from the side is kinda blury and I want to see how it sits from straight on. I kinda like the idea of mounting the unit below the originel hole and then covering up with the delete plate. Thanks for sharing ideas...will put to good use...maybe patent...hey,hey...lol :: Whoops, bad joke... ::
 

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Sure here you go.
Its storming out side, so I am in the garage with a flash on an old didg cam, the quality as always os low. The flash is making it look like their is silver metal, but everything is painted in gloss black....my PO had te dash like that, so I sprayed the bracket and the delete plate in matching gloss so it and the dash reflects light

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"Off course since I am idiot, I put the freshly painted peice on my workbench and then decided to sneeze kicking up a huge cloud of fiberglass from all the sanding and cutting I did so now I have a textured finished"

Why does this sound like something i would do... Nice job Nick, it looks very cool!!!
 

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Excellent idea – and well executed too! ;)

Another great use I've ever seen for a pre-hacked radio opening was to use it for true in-dash A/C vents. When I saw that, I was actually a little disappointed that my car came with the AM still in place! :p
 

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Always been gloss black.....you put on your MCA judge hat last year and made it a point to tell me it was painted wrong ;)
 

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Im surprised nobody makes a DIN radio install kit to allow installing it where the original was . All you would need is a platic plate that (or fiberglass) that would follow the concave of the metal dash but lay flat . Heck with some mold release and some fiberglass Im sure you could mold one yourself and avoid low-mounting the unit . You could avoid removing the ashtray too . Could use the repair panel as a mold for the part . Might be a good piece for whizco to build .
 

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The ash tray will go back in.
I can either just mount the cover and not have an ashtray or modify the ashtray bracket and actual ashtray.

I am going to try the latter, but have the former to fall back on :)

When I made this mod, I will post it
 

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I am sure that there are plenty of aftermarket din install kits out there. All of which can be modified easily to follow the concave and recessed dash for a smooth mating, but they also tend to hold the radio away from the dashboard a little more than a stock installation. They also don't fully cover the hole left by a hacked up dash from an 8 track install.

This little project a rather inexpensive solution to a problem that bothers quite a few of us...How to fix the dash after an 8 track install without spending a lot of money. Shelby delete plate was only a couple bucks from whizco and no special installation kit needed :)
 

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Thanks, I can see that one alot better. I will be doing this very soon. I am tired of carrying a portable radio around on the seat to listen too! Swmbo is about to give me the okay (wether she knows it or not) to buy the walmart special cd player and some sony explodes ::
 
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