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Username Post: New Stereo        (Topic#365809)
md8232 
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07-15-21 05:58 AM - Post#2823253    

I know that I’ll buy a 66 Caprice if I find what I want. Has anyone installed a modern stereo in the dash? Do you have a picture of the dash with the radio removed? I’m trying to see how large a hole there is to work with.
I’d want a modern stereo with a touch screen so maps would display right up on the dash.
Another option is building a box on the hump, but I’d be looking away from the road to check maps, so a dash mount seems best.



 


toro455 
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07-15-21 06:10 PM - Post#2823272    
    In response to md8232

I really hate cutting an original dash and they've got great conversions of originals which can even start with a factory AM radio.

If you want to investigate that option look for someone doing an Aurora conversion:
https://www.tech-retro.com/aurora-design/auto-de al...



 
md8232 
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07-15-21 08:43 PM - Post#2823283    
    In response to toro455

  • toro455 Said:
I really hate cutting an original dash and they've got great conversions of originals which can even start with a factory AM radio.

If you want to investigate that option look for someone doing an Aurora conversion:
https://www.tech-retro.com/aurora-design/auto-de al...



I know many folks want to keep the original look, but it won’t get me a touchscreen which is a must for me.




 
Anonymous 

07-15-21 09:43 PM - Post#2823285    
    In response to md8232

If your willing to cut that dash, they have plenty of what would be considered normal size touch screen radios with flip up screens that would fit into the radio hole if you cut where the knobs are. Although I too hope you don't cut the dash. I would have the stock radio modified to where I could use a tablet connected to it, or build in a screen somewhere.



 
65_Impala 
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07-16-21 08:20 AM - Post#2823314    
    In response to md8232

Look at Joying Auto. They have universal single DIN head units which can be separated into a display and control box connected with a ribbon cable. It'd be possible to attach the screen on the outside of the dash in front of the stock radio opening and then run the ribbon through the factory dash hole to the rest of the radio mounted behind the opening.




 
md8232 
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07-16-21 08:30 AM - Post#2823315    
    In response to 65_Impala

  • 65_Impala Said:
Look at Joying Auto. They have universal single DIN head units which can be separated into a display and control box connected with a ribbon cable. It'd be possible to attach the screen on the outside of the dash in front of the stock radio opening and then run the ribbon through the factory dash hole to the rest of the radio mounted behind the opening.




Thanks for this. It just might be a viable solution.

If anyone has a picture of the dash opening without a radio installed, I’d like to see what I have to work with.




 
md8232 
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07-16-21 09:42 AM - Post#2823318    
    In response to md8232

https://dakotadigital.com/cartimages/prd_861.jpg?i...


If I remove the stock dash, it seems like I could chop up a replacement any way I like and still have the original.
Is this right, or am I missing something?

Looks like I don’t understand how to post images.



 
steve65 
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07-16-21 10:31 AM - Post#2823320    
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Will this help?

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Not sure of color yet
work in progress



 
md8232 
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07-16-21 12:46 PM - Post#2823324    
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  • steve65 Said:
Will this help?



Thanks Steve. Is the black area around the radio removable, or is all
1 piece?




 
steve65 
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07-16-21 02:16 PM - Post#2823328    
    In response to md8232

The insert is all one piece, I don't believe it comes apart. You can see the gauge module to the left and the radio housing to the right. Those two lumps are the mounting holes for the radio shafts and the back of the radio has a bracket the bolts to the dash/firewall.

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Steve Duncan
66 Impala 2dr Coupe
Not sure of color yet
work in progress



 
65_Impala 
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07-16-21 05:05 PM - Post#2823337    
    In response to md8232

  • md8232 Said:
[url=https://www.dakotadigital.com/cartimages/prd_861.jpg?id=202107160956100]Li nk


If I remove the stock dash, it seems like I could chop up a replacement any way I like and still have the original.
Is this right, or am I missing something?

Looks like I don’t understand how to post images.




You don't get the plastic bezel, just the gauge inserts.



 
md8232 
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07-16-21 05:09 PM - Post#2823338    
    In response to 65_Impala

  • 65_Impala Said:
  • md8232 Said:
[url=https://www.dakotadigital.com/cartimages/prd_861.jpg?id=202107160956100]Li nk


If I remove the stock dash, it seems like I could chop up a replacement any way I like and still have the original.
Is this right, or am I missing something?

Looks like I don’t understand how to post images.




You don't get the plastic bezel, just the gauge inserts.



Thanks. I went back to Dakota Digital and read this time!
I thought they were selling the entire thing. Are the bezels hard to find?
I can see some junkyard cruising in my future.



 
steve65 
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07-18-21 08:30 PM - Post#2823473    
    In response to md8232

Hi Michael, I thought I had seen some on EBay a while back when I was cleaning mine up. Maybe try there?
And from your other post….if you ever find a Strato Bench seat, please let me know where and at what price you get it for. I love the idea of doing that also, my 66 2 dr Impala is a straight bench seat column shift and I think it would look great.
Steve

Steve Duncan
66 Impala 2dr Coupe
Not sure of color yet
work in progress



 
jktucker92 
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07-19-21 07:52 AM - Post#2823490    
    In response to steve65

Bezels that have been modified to accept aftermarket radios are easy to find in junkyards that specialize in classics. I know of 3 near me (SE Washington State) that have some. Bezels that are undamaged are more difficult to find. The original '66 radios were two post radios, but they were wider than the commonly available aftermarket radios that were available in the '80s and 90's. Because of that, lots of bezels were cut to accept the new radio. Mine included. My dad bought my car new. In the '80's, he bought my brother and I a new radio for the car, and had it "professionally" installed. The installer had to cut the bezel to make it fit. If you have an undamaged one in the Caprice you buy, I'd suggest looking for one in a wrecking yard that has already been cut. That way, if you ever want to return it completely to stock, you would have the original available. I'd give you mine if you were close, but shipping would probably be more costly than purchasing one that's not complete at a local wrecking yard.



 
md8232 
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07-19-21 07:56 AM - Post#2823491    
    In response to steve65

  • steve65 Said:
Hi Michael, I thought I had seen some on EBay a while back when I was cleaning mine up. Maybe try there?
And from your other post….if you ever find a Strato Bench seat, please let me know where and at what price you get it for. I love the idea of doing that also, my 66 2 dr Impala is a straight bench seat column shift and I think it would look great.
Steve



I'm going to begin contacting local junkyards, so fingers crossed!
I did see some junk Strato Benches on eBay for way too much, so off to the junkyards for that too. If I have any luck, you get the 2nd seats.




 
md8232 
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07-19-21 07:57 AM - Post#2823492    
    In response to jktucker92

  • jktucker92 Said:
Bezels that have been modified to accept aftermarket radios are easy to find in junkyards that specialize in classics. I know of 3 near me (SE Washington State) that have some. Bezels that are undamaged are more difficult to find. The original '66 radios were two post radios, but they were wider than the commonly available aftermarket radios that were available in the '80s and 90's. Because of that, lots of bezels were cut to accept the new radio. Mine included. My dad bought my car new. In the '80's, he bought my brother and I a new radio for the car, and had it "professionally" installed. The installer had to cut the bezel to make it fit. If you have an undamaged one in the Caprice you buy, I'd suggest looking for one in a wrecking yard that has already been cut. That way, if you ever want to return it completely to stock, you would have the original available. I'd give you mine if you were close, but shipping would probably be more costly than purchasing one that's not complete at a local wrecking yard.



Thanks for the offer, but you aren't too close to Arkansas.




 
BigDogSS 
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07-20-21 07:50 AM - Post#2823563    
    In response to md8232

jktucker and md8232 --> how much could shipping possibly cost $50? $75? I think it would be well worth it to have this discarded piece reused. Just my opinion.....
I would think this piece would not be an easy find nowadays.

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md8232 
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07-20-21 10:06 AM - Post#2823570    
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  • BigDogSS Said:
jktucker and md8232 --> how much could shipping possibly cost $50? $75? I think it would be well worth it to have this discarded piece reused. Just my opinion.....
I would think this piece would not be an easy find nowadays.



I still have to find my Caprice first. I may have found it, but its
@1100 miles away! Moved everything around in my shop
today and I just have enough room to fit a Caprice inside.



 
Boosted54 
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07-22-21 07:51 AM - Post#2823681    
    In response to md8232

Even a single din with fold out monitor is going to require cutting the dash. just my opinion but i say cut it to suite your needs. These dashes are super simple to put it back to stock in the event they become valuable.
I would blend the head unit into your dash to minimize the transition.
Attached is a center section that trims out the head unit, HVAC controls & a few switches. All made out of aluminum & fiberglass, then a light texture & painted to match the OE bezel.
Super old build but a decent example of blending.



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md8232 
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07-22-21 10:42 AM - Post#2823695    
    In response to Boosted54

I wonder if the screen extends far enough to get past the dash?



 
Boosted54 
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07-22-21 01:24 PM - Post#2823700    
    In response to md8232

They are typically adjustable how far out & what angle & once adjustment has been set it will open to that location each time opened up.

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65_Impala 
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07-23-21 08:36 AM - Post#2823760    
    In response to Boosted54

A pop-out screen would have to face downwards at a pretty good angle in a 66 dash. It really wouldn't work right.



 


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