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1965 Mustang - Radio Opening hacked - Thread 417

I don't want to patch the dash! It's too late to cut a petal piece in and the plastic ones don't look right. SO:

Option 1
Is there a good DIN size radio that looks good in a 65 Mustang?

Looking good = not a lot of LEDs, glowing buttons, etc. Something that looks like it belonged in the era but fits a dash that has been cut to fit a DIN opening.

Option 2
Is there a nice bezel or trim cover that fits over the radio opening but has the size of the original radio? Think of the trim plates that fit over the two post radios of the 70's and 80's but is sized to fit a 65 Mustang radio. (see attached for idea starter)

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Jensen made a nice din-sized shaft mounted radio that came with a plate just like you describe, had 60 watts of power, a bass boost button, AM/FM/Cassette, an aux jack, and RCA outputs for an amp that ran about $70 at Wal-Mart a couple years ago, I used it in my T-bird and then gave it to my dad for his '77 Capri II.

If you wanted to go ahead and go DIN-sized without it being shaft-mounted like the original though, Pioneer makes several good systems around the $100 mark that are pretty understated from a lighting standpoint.

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Sorry, I am trying to erase my comment but dont know how. I didnt see the era correct part.
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Get a radio delete plate and mount a din in the glove box.
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Get a radio delete plate and mount a din in the glove box.

Would a radio delete plate cover an area the size of a DIN opening?
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Lello my opinion would be to get a rep[lacement metal pece to weld back in and ill look like stock. but if its to late do to paint fond a nice Kenwood or Alpine and mount in that spot.
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I would use the patch panel:

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Then use an modern replacement radio of the original shape.

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I struggled with the same issue on my 66 coupe, the metal was not hacked too badly but the holes where elongated and the center hole cut about 1/4 inch on either side. I wanted to put the original AM radio back in.

I purchased both the metal and the plastic repair kit... I looked at both options and went with the plastic one it looks good and a lot easier to install than having to weld. I used body filler around the edges and sanded it so it looks like the dash is one piece no lines or seams...once I painted installed the dash pad and radio you would never be able to tell it was hacked.
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I struggled with the same issue on my 66 coupe, the metal was not hacked too badly but the holes where elongated and the center hole cut about 1/4 inch on either side. I wanted to put the original AM radio back in.

I purchased both the metal and the plastic repair kit... I looked at both options and went with the plastic one it looks good and a lot easier to install than having to weld. I used body filler around the edges and sanded it so it looks like the dash is one piece no lines or seams...once I painted installed the dash pad and radio you would never be able to tell it was hacked.

I, too, looked at both options. I thought the plastic wasn't going to look good but your suggestion has made me rethink it.

How far out did you feather the filler?
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I just spent an hour or two fabricating a neat hack job cover. Somebody decided to "ease" the radio opening a bit with a sawsall to fit the Kenwood junker stereo in. Also drilled about 50 holes for the tuning knobs. See the attached pics. The plate is 1/8" aluminum bent to match the dash curve and I pressed the small reveal. Then I painted the interior flat blak by taping off the edges. I tried to make it look like the glove box cover and the gauge background.
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I just spent an hour or two fabricating a neat hack job cover. Somebody decided to "ease" the radio opening a bit with a sawsall to fit the Kenwood junker stereo in. Also drilled about 50 holes for the tuning knobs. See the attached pics. The plate is 1/8" aluminum bent to match the dash curve and I pressed the small reveal. Then I painted the interior flat blak by taping off the edges. I tried to make it look like the glove box cover and the gauge background.
Interesting! You did a good job!

It looks a lot like the factory bezel my 66 mustang had around the in-dash 8-track player. The Fomoco/Motorola 8-track did not conform to the dash so Ford created a special bezel/faceplate that resembled the glove box and cluster.

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I just spent an hour or two fabricating a neat hack job cover. Somebody decided to "ease" the radio opening a bit with a sawsall to fit the Kenwood junker stereo in. Also drilled about 50 holes for the tuning knobs. See the attached pics. The plate is 1/8" aluminum bent to match the dash curve and I pressed the small reveal. Then I painted the interior flat blak by taping off the edges. I tried to make it look like the glove box cover and the gauge background.
THAT is impressive!

How did you press the relief?
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Luckily I have a cheap shop press. I placed a 1/8" thick strip under the plate on one side of the reveal and then one over the plate on teh other side of the reveal. The strips are centered so there is about an 1/8" gap then I put the thick piece of steel that came with the press on top and jack the press down to make everything flat. It creates a perfect 1/8" step reveal that pretty mucg matches the dash reveal. I have a reveal gauge to make sure every thing is right. The next step is the good ole fashioned bench vise and rubber mallet to bend the curve that conforms to the dash.

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I installed the cover plate on the radio. I try to be as modest as possible, but I think Ford should have built the cars with this instead of the painted sheetmental dash. This is definitely the prototype, and if I make another one I'll try and match the angles of the gauge cluster/glove box door a little better.

I would love to start making parts for these cars, including export braces/monte carlo bars, traction bars, rear cross members for coil overs, these radio cover plates, and anything else that might be needed. I love to fabricate stuff. Let me know if anyone may be interested.

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