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Cutting the Dash for a Radio in a Classic Mustang

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Most of you guys problably would never cut your dash for a single DIN radio. My wife and I decided its time to do surgery. Dual knob radios are just not cutting it. What is the best way to cut the hole with precision?

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Please don't cut the dash! There are other ways to get better tunes in your stang...solutions that are even better than a single din radio. I'd look into a modern unit that fits the dash from a place like Classic Car Audio. One with an iPod port. Then I'd wire it up so the ipod can connect in the glove compartment.

If you're really hell bent on cutting that hole, there really isn't a sure-fire way to do it with precision. If you're just a little off, the radio will be crooked or the part that holds the radio in will be loose. There also isn't a way to dress the cut properly. The curve of the dash prevents any modern trim plate from sitting flush. You will definitely see the cut from both sides.

The PO cut my dash and I wish I could've stopped him. My radio is tight in the slot, but, like I mentioned, I can see the cut where the dash curves.

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Don't do it, don't do it, don't do it.......and in case I forgot to mention, don't do it. There are plenty of shaft style radios out there with all the amenities of a DIN syle unit. MP3, iPOD, USB, SD cards, remotes, pre-amps etc, etc, etc. Check them out first, then DON'T DO IT!

Amazon.com: PYLE PLR22MPF AM/FM-MPX MP3 Playback with USB/SD/AUX-In: Electronics

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I would be happy to show you what I did if you want to email me, I will take some pics. [email protected] I will send you some pics of how mine is set up. I basically have my stock am radio in the dash & I have a console mounted under my dash that houses my aftermarket din radio. It works good & lokks good too plus I still have my stock radio. It is not wired up but you can almost have the stock radio work independantly & the aftermarket stereo totally seperazte.
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Please take this with the utmost respect, as I am the next owner of a previous owner who decided to hack the dash. Four words: PLEASE DON'T DO IT. I have installed a USA-230 with IPOD connection. I have a powered subwoofer in the trunk under the package tray and four Rockford Fozgate speakers in the kick panels and package tray and it sounds fantastic. If you look in the interior it all appears stock. I made a center console to hold my IPOD and a few drinks so I don't have to go fishing in the glove compartment for the IPOD.

If you don't want to go that route Custon AutoSound has a hidden radio that is awesome as well. I installed one in a '63 Lincoln with a 10-disc changer and another powered subwoofer. I didn't have to cut the dash there either. Awesome sound, stock look. The days of hacking the dash are over and remember it is only original once.

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I got the under dash ac and the center console space is tight. So you guys get an idea why I want to cut:
YouTube - JVC KD-AVX77 (kdavx77) DVD Receiver Part 2: iPod Video and DVD Playback.

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Please don't cut the dash! There are other ways to get better tunes in your stang...solutions that are even better than a single din radio. I'd look into a modern unit that fits the dash from a place like Classic Car Audio. One with an iPod port. Then I'd wire it up so the ipod can connect in the glove compartment.

If you're really hell bent on cutting that hole, there really isn't a sure-fire way to do it with precision. If you're just a little off, the radio will be crooked or the part that holds the radio in will be loose. There also isn't a way to dress the cut properly. The curve of the dash prevents any modern trim plate from sitting flush. You will definitely see the cut from both sides.

The PO cut my dash and I wish I could've stopped him. My radio is tight in the slot, but, like I mentioned, I can see the cut where the dash curves.
Can you send a pic of the sides?

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I would buy the radio i want make a temple for the size center it over the opening you have market it and cut it.When you cut it cut it under sized and slowly trim it out tell the radio that fits great.Most are anti cut the dash but to me i rather have a good radio i have cut the dash on older trucks before.In the glove box or under the dash are hard to read and use while driving.The special radios that fit the stock size hole are high priced and suck for what you get vs price of it.
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I agree with the rest of the guys, Don't cut it. My car's interior is perfect except for the fact the the PO cut the dash. What an idiot.
I mean it's a classic car, as long as you have music and can hear the radio why muck things up?

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Hey Canyon, Thanks for the link, I have been looking for the old Knob style radio. Unfortunately, that unit is not in stock and they don't know if it ever will be. Not to mention, I'd like a better unit to start with. Somewhere in the 100-200$ range. Can you give us some other examples besides the retro old-look radios by Classic Car audio and the like? I refuse to pay sooo much for the "old look" when a newer knob style radio looks just fine.

I, ,too, refuse to cut the dash. Don't do it.

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Its your car. if your car is not being restored to stock finish it how you want it. if the next owner is so hell bent on having an original looking dash, they sell replacement sheetmetal sections for this area and they will then have the option of putting it back to stock. for me it is the same as an aftermarket hood, or anything else that changes the car from original. yes my car has an aftermarket din sized stereo in the dash. it is an am fm cassette from years ago it folds up and looks like a radio delete panel when the power is off. I have a six disk cd changer in the trunk. I also have a custom center console in which I have an am fm dvd with a 7 inch pop out screen and a 10 disk dvd changer in the console. this is an old picture, my new dvd player in the console is all black and matches better. I do not regret cutting the dash at all. I used a cut off wheel, a hack saw and dremel to get it done.
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Don't cut it - you will regret it.

You can mount a radio in the glove box -
or.........

Have you looked at these?

RetroSoundUSA.com - Classic Radio Systems, Speakers, and Accessories

You can get a Model 1 in black or chrome

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Try this one.

Retrosound Model One Digital media receiver at Crutchfield.com

My be the same one listed above.

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Thanks guys for the all advise. At this time , we will do the unthinkable. It doesnt bother us if it hurts the resale value of the car. My wife is convinced she is dying with the car.
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go for it, and no you won't regret it because when the next new thing comes up and you want a new stereo it will still likely be a din sized stereo and these other stereos will have to make work around's to make this work like they do with the ipod adapter. for me it is like everything else on my car it is done to suit me. if someone else likes it that is cool, if they don't... well it is not there car so too bad for them. I have said it before on this forum it is your car if you build it to suit you, you will always be happy with it, if you build it to suit some future buyer then chances are you will not.

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I agree that it's your car and you should do what you want with it. But cutting the dash is different than changing the hood...or most other metal modifications. The dash is welded into the car...and it's not reproduced (at least that I know of). If you cut it, it will never be the same. Even with a repair panel. If you cut the hood, you can always replace the hood. Not so with the dash. And it's something that will stare you in the face whenever you're behind the wheel. If the cut doesn't work out right, it'll be a big eyesore. My car is under a cover right now, but I'll try and take a few pics of the side view of where the trim plate stands away from the curved dash.

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