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Paula
December 22, 2016, 10:18pm Report to Moderator

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Hello.
I want to fit a retro looking stereo to my Vitesse but i don't want to ruin the look.
Where and how do most people put them?
Pictures would be great if possible.
Thanks for any help.
Paula


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December 23, 2016, 12:05am Report to Moderator


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I fitted mine in the glove box, keeps it discreet and out of the way. But it's modern and not retro.  Had to hack a little out of the back of the glove box to accommodate it too.


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Paula
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I fitted mine in the glove box, keeps it discreet and out of the way. But it's modern and not retro.  Had to hack a little out of the back of the glove box to accommodate it too.


Oh that sounds good.
Where do you hide the speakers?


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December 23, 2016, 7:58am Report to Moderator

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I have this one on my GT6 and this one on my Vitesse. The latter hasn't a vintage look but the speakers are included and the sound is acceptable.

No pictures to show, sadly, but I fitted it more or less like this one using a DIY wood console covered in vinyl, with no additional instruments.


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I've had it handing under the centre of the dash, in a unit I built under the dash and now mine is in the glovebox as well. The easiest to use were the first two options, the other requires reaching to change settings - fine for me but if you're vertically challenged or have a stump on your left side you may need to have a think about that. Also, modern radios are long and there's a demister vent right behind the glovebox. Despite mine having a hole in the back for it to poke through, I can't use a glovebox door. Issues with storage etc need to be remembered. Finally, the weight. My dashboard is now slopping slightly as its fixings are giving up the ghost despite me reinforcing the whole thing with fibreglass. I'm now going to make a whole new dashboard of some description....


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Hard to see in this shot, but I made a facia from an old glove box lid and fitted two gauges and my old Sony unit.  Not hidden, I know, but it's a tape player unit and I needed to be able to reach it easily... Speakers were in the doors, but after rebuild I shall think again.



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mazfg
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Quoted from Paula


Oh that sounds good.
Where do you hide the speakers?


Ahh..they're weren't hidden...I put them in the door panels...



Current: Triumph Vitesse 6 convertible with O/D 1964

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Einar
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Scroll a bit down on these sites and you got an idea of how I fitted stereo, sub-woofer and speakers.
http://vitesse.no/Garage%202008-2009.html
http://vitesse.no/Garage%202011-2012.html
http://vitesse.no/Garage%202012-2013.html



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Matt306
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I put speakers in the foot wells next to the feet.... dont its mess! But then I have a convertible.


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oldmetalhead82
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My stereo is fitted , under the dash to the right of the steering column, the speakers are in the trim panels either side of the rear seat and the amplifier is in the boot.


Dave, North Sheffield. 1967 Herald 1200 Saloon, a rolling resto on a very tight budget.
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Nick Jones
December 24, 2016, 11:16am Report to Moderator

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As you have a saloon it's just possible you'll be able to hear the stereo at >45mph.......... provided it's a reasonably powerful one.  It's wind noise that is the problem, not mechanical/exhaust noise.

A Vitesse provides it's own sound track  

Nick


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Don Cook
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It is a GT6 but I don't mind the newer look to the radio/CD. Speakers in the bottom of the doors, and in the panels, either side, behind the seats.



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Paula
December 27, 2016, 9:52pm Report to Moderator

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Hi All!
Sorry i've been away. Thank you so much for all these posts. Fantastic help!
Cheers
Paula.


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Paula
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Quoted from bxbodger


Brilliant!


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Quoted from oldmetalhead82
My stereo is fitted , under the dash to the right of the steering column, the speakers are in the trim panels either side of the rear seat and the amplifier is in the boot.


Ooh is there room?
That sounds good.


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Paula
December 27, 2016, 10:03pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Nick Jones
As you have a saloon it's just possible you'll be able to hear the stereo at >45mph.......... provided it's a reasonably powerful one.  It's wind noise that is the problem, not mechanical/exhaust noise.

A Vitesse provides it's own sound track  

Nick


Nice!


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oldmetalhead82
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Quoted from Paula


Ooh is there room?
That sounds good.


The unit is in one of those plastic under dash mounting boxes (not sure if thats the right name for it) i got it from ebay, its a bit awkward to fit it there , but anyone looking into the car cant see it easily, on the down side you cant see it very well when driving because of the steering wheel !


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Paula
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The unit is in one of those plastic under dash mounting boxes (not sure if thats the right name for it) i got it from ebay, its a bit awkward to fit it there , but anyone looking into the car cant see it easily, on the down side you cant see it very well when driving because of the steering wheel !


Oh i see. One of these:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UNIV.....KWTd_1y_GI9sDZg#rwid


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GT6 M
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this meb,e a daft suggestionee t,sum
butt,in my mind, why cant a GT / Spitty center support be fitted  { as in a pic above on Dons car }
then ye got the rad / cassette / disc,or what ever in there

also will most likely stiffen the car up too,!!
or is this a no no amongst Herald / Vit drivers

M


One does not have to know how a thing works, to know that it is not working right

Ye div,nt efta no ooa thing wuks, t,no its nut wuk,n reet.







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Paula
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Quoted from GT6 M
this meb,e a daft suggestionee t,sum
butt,in my mind, why cant a GT / Spitty center support be fitted  { as in a pic above on Dons car }
then ye got the rad / cassette / disc,or what ever in there

also will most likely stiffen the car up too,!!
or is this a no no amongst Herald / Vit drivers

M


like this?



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GT6 M
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Yes, like that

Is there any body on err done this to a Herald / Vit
is the holes in the chassis there like the GT / Spittys !!

Ohh, and it needs t,be fused too
thee,s type never ever give trouble
and the last one, can actually help t,keep yer car warm if a fault does occur



M


One does not have to know how a thing works, to know that it is not working right

Ye div,nt efta no ooa thing wuks, t,no its nut wuk,n reet.







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Quoted from GT6 M
Yes, like that

Is there any body on err done this to a Herald / Vit
is the holes in the chassis there like the GT / Spittys !!

Ohh, and it needs t,be fused too
thee,s type never ever give trouble
and the last one, can actually help t,keep yer car warm if a fault does occur



M


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Don Cook
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The rectangular hole in the centre support doesn't fit modern Radio/CD, i got an alloy adaptor panel from ebay many years ago.


Don Cook
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This is the solution I came up with for my Vitesse, which was a direct copy of one I had made for my Herald saloon years ago.

The Herald one was usable, even at motorway speeds.  The Vitesse one is more or less useless above 45 - 50mph due to wind noise drowning it out.

Nick

H frame idea not entirely useful in a Herald/Vitesse as the dash assembly has no structural involvement.



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Nick Jones
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Spitfire MKIV son's project now on the road as a daily driver
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Paula
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Quoted from Nick Jones
This is the solution I came up with for my Vitesse, which was a direct copy of one I had made for my Herald saloon years ago.

The Herald one was usable, even at motorway speeds.  The Vitesse one is more or less useless above 45 - 50mph due to wind noise drowning it out.

Nick

H frame idea not entirely useful in a Herald/Vitesse as the dash assembly has no structural involvement.


That looks good.
The wood is a good match. What did you use?


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Quoted from Einar
Scroll a bit down on these sites and you got an idea of how I fitted stereo, sub-woofer and speakers.
http://vitesse.no/Garage%202008-2009.html
http://vitesse.no/Garage%202011-2012.html
http://vitesse.no/Garage%202012-2013.html


Thanks for these links I just got a pair of MX5 front seats one, of the links gives how to fit them, I also want to fit a retro radio and speakers. I saw on Triumph sports 6 facebook page a guy had made a flap with a retro radio face, this hinged down and a modern head unit was behind it. Don't know how to copy the link to here. It looked really good.
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Thats the one, i also put two metal strips from the under side of the box to the bulk head to stiffen the box  up, this requires (purists do not read any further) two holes drilling in the bulkhead .


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Paula
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I went for this in the end. Speakers are going in the kick panels.
NIce old looking Caliber Stereo. Think it fits in nicely.
I used one of those black plastic under shelf holders.



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Quoted from Paula
I went for this in the end. Speakers are going in the kick panels.
NIce old looking Caliber Stereo. Think it fits in nicely.
I used one of those black plastic under shelf holders.

I obviously agree with your choice!
Even if I'm not sure if the links in my previous post were visibile...  


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1966 Spitfire Mk2 (running)
1967 Vitesse 2L Convertible (sold)
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Jonny-Jimbo
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You have a straight six, just drop a cog and floor it

All the audio I need!


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Quoted from Jonny-Jimbo
You have a straight six, just drop a cog and floor it

All the audio I need!


It does sound sweet.
Anyway job done.
Nice and tidy



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Sorry terrible photo speaker in the kick panel.



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