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Restoration : Electrical & Radio
Stats
  • Radio
    • Deck: Pioneer In-Dash CD Player w/ MP3 playback (DEH-P3700MP)
    • Front Speakers: Pioneer 4x6 2-way (TS-G4640R)
    • Rear Speakers: Pioneer 6x9 3-way (TS-A6971R) w/ custom mounting spacers
    • Subwoofer: Infinity Basslink (10" w/ 200 watt amp)
    • Complete car interior covered with eDead (like Dynamat) to reduce road noise and outside heat
    • Custom RCA, speaker, and power wiring
  • Electrical
    • All original wiring inspected and re-covered in black wire loom wrap
    • Custom electrical wiring
      • Custom secondary fuse panel for accessories
      • Custom ground block
      • H4 headlights
      • CD/MP3/FM deck
      • Vintage Air main box
      • Vintage Air control panel
      • Tri-gauge pod (oil, temp, volt)
      • Tachometer
      • Starter kill switch
      • Coil kill switch
    • Headlights
      • Upgraded to H4 Xenon modern headlights
      • Custom wiring harness, direct to battery
      • Custom H4 electrical plugs
      • Modified headlight mounting plate
Electrical
I added a secondary fuse panel that I wired directly off the "Accessory" terminal on the main fuse box. This secondary panel is mounted to the inside firewall about three inches above and to the right of the gas pedal. It supplies power to the oil pressure gauge, water temp gauge, volt gauge, tach, radio, and all gauge lighting.
Crazy wiring!!! First, I ran new power wires for the gauges, tach, radio, amplifier, VintageAir, and gauge lights. Second, I ran new wires for the oil pressure, water temp, and tach lead. Third, I ran four sets of speaker wires and a set of RCA inputs for the radio. Fourth, I ran multiple kill switches. Finally, I added a ground block inside the dash near the center air duct.
H4 Headlights
I removed the old T3 headlights from my car and modified the existing metal buckets to accept the new H4 lens assemblies. I purchased the H4 lens assemblies and bulbs from Classic Industries. This modification also required that I run new power wires directly from the battery, and use the existing headlight wiring harness with relays to turn them on and off.
Here is another pic of the new H4 light assemblies.
This picture shows the backside of the light assemblies. In order for the new H4 lenses to fit, I had to grind off the back side of each of the four metal light buckets.
The new H4 headlight lenses are about 1 1/4" deeper than the original T3 bulbs. This picture shows the depth of the mounted H4 headlights. But, even with the added depth, the new H4 lights still fit without hitting anything behind them; although I did have to modify the plugs that went into the lights to make them thinner.
Radio
The entire floor of the car was covered in two layers of eDead Sound Deadening. Then I ran the speaker wires for the two rear speakers and the RCA lines for the rear amplifier down the center tunnel and used black duct tape to hold them in place. I ran the power wires for the rear amplifier above the passenger rocker panel to avoid any electrical inferference.
I installed a pair of Pioneer 4x6 2-way (TS-G4640R) speakers in the front kick panel area. I mounted them directly to the body, and utilized sheetmetal screws and rubber cone washers to hold the speakers in place. These speakers were chosen because they are shallow, and were able to fit in the cavity behind the door hinge.
I took a pair of newly purchased non-A/C kick panels from Classic Industries and proceeded to cut them up. I measured and cut a hole in the plastic kick panel for the speaker that was mounted on the body. Then, I went out and found a set of 4x6 speaker grills, and mounted those to the kick panel to give it a clean look.
I installed a pair of Pioneer 6x9 3-way (TS-A6971R) speakers under the rear deck. I made two custom MDF spacers to ensure that the mid-range/tweeter center riser would not hit the rear package tray. I put two layers of eDead under the rear deck near both speakers to help reduce vibrations.
Here is a picture of one of the MDF spacers that I made to mount the 6x9's under the rear deck. With these spacers, the bottom mounted 6x9's center cone dropped well below the rear package tray.
This is a view of the rear 6x9 speakers after they were installed. I had to cut away a few extra pieces of metal from the rear deck that were blocking the speaker holes.
Here is the rear deck with the speakers and rear package tray installed.
In the trunk, near the right wheelwell, I installed an Infinity Basslink subwoofer. This is a great solution to adding great low-end sound, since lots of space isn't needed for a large custom box. After mounting it, all I did was run power, ground, and a set of RCA inputs from my deck.