Speakers in doors?

ChuckM

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Hi. I realize the auto makers never really cared about good sound in the 70's, and the one speaker in my dash sucks. My interior is in very good condition and I'm worried if I cut the doors I'll be some kind of bad f body owner. I can't put them in the kick panels because the car is a standard and I need the parking brake. Any suggestions? Or just go ahead and hack the doors? It's a 76 coupe. It's already got upgraded rear speakers and I just added an Alpine head unit
 

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If you can find a dash pad for an F that had 4 speaker stereo, you can put some shallow speakers in. Think they're 3 1/2"(?). Without A/C or bi-level heat (no vents/ducts), deeper ones would fit. All you need is the metal part so the pad condition doesn't matter.
My car is an original 4 speaker and have modern dash and rear speakers in it with boxes on the rears. Sounds about as good as the original 4 watt stereo ever will but it's good enough for me, lol.

It's your car but I cringe at the thought of nice door panels being hacked. Once they're cut, there's not really any going back.

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Never thought of that. A guy I work with has a '67 LeMans with a stock look stereo from Retrosound (I think). He put one of those dual speakers in the center dash location, along with 6x9's under the rear deck and it sounds darn good, without having to cut or modify a single thing, other than the speaker wire of course.
 

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Another option is to tuck some downward-facing speakers up under the dash on each side. Not ideal, but it does help fill in the front with a little more sound. This works okay if you have decent rear package-shelf mounted speakers installed. Under-seat subs are a nice upgrade, too.
 
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