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i was wondering if anyone has used the single din mounting kit either by crutchfield or motorsport auto?? i really want to get a new stereo in here. also does anyone sell a wire harness adapter for these cars?
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Re: single DIN stereo faceplate questions on a 280

The only help I can give after putting a new unit in my 79 was the advice the guy at the stero store gave me. He cautioned against using one of the adaptors because the old steros had a common ground for all the speakers. It made sense to me cause I had four speakers and only 5 wires. His suggestion which I took was to run new wire to all the seakers and then wire them to the new unit.
 

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Re: single DIN stereo faceplate questions on a 280

i bought the faceplate from MSA. this is the same faceplate available from stereo shops. i did have to file it quite a bit to make it fit right. i talked to some stereo shops, and no harness adapters are available, at least on an '80. the only wire i used from the original harness was the power, so an adapter wouldn't have done much good anyway. the other wires are for the tape deck and the fader control, which you won't be using with a modern head unit. I had to wire battery power, ground, and new speaker wires.

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Re: single DIN stereo faceplate questions on a 280

I but a new CD headunit in my 1980. I also only used the power and ground from the old harness and ran new speaker wires. I would also recommend you replace the old speakers if you have not already to make the most of a new head unit investment. I used the face plate from BV without much modification.

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Re: here's what I did:

I cut a replacement face plate from .120" aluminum. I drilled mounting holes through the faceplace into the console and attached the new faceplate with flat heat machine screws. I installed the radio to the new faceplate and screwed the faceplate to the console (using a 120grit sanding block, I grained the faceplate so the scratches would run horizontally).
The I removed the plug from the old (not working) stereo and spliced it to the new stereo. I did have to install a new power antenna to work with the new stereo.
Works fine, looks good and the stereo (with some work) can be removed without cutting any wiring.
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Re: here's what I did:

I did almost exactly what greydog did but, I used the factory antenna and also installed a EGT gauge next to my radio. I just finished putting my amp and new sub enclosure in last week. The subenclosure is made from Fiberglass particle board and bondo to smooth the whole thing out. Looks pretty good if I must say so.

Cody 82 ZXT
 
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