Ok, so 7-11-04, my car got stolen from behind my apartment. I got it back the next day...they pried the window down with something to get in, cracked the steering column to to start it, and completely popped out the trunk lock to get into the trunk and take the speakers and everything else in the trunk. They took my entire system, and my plates, along with the plate holder that covers the gas tank opening in the back. The trunk is fucked up around the area where the lock was, and the steering column cover needs to be replaced, but other than that the car seems to be ok. Insurance covered the repairs to the car, but not the stereo. So currently the car just has the front speaker and the original radio, but at least the wiring is still all in place...
Alright, so i love to listen to music of all sorts (except country), just as long as it's good and the system it's coming through is quality. Unfortunately, the Monte came with an AM/FM radio (no 8-track, which was an option for this year...how cool would that have been!), front 6x9 and optional rear 6x9. Here's the original rear 6x9
This just wouldn't do, so i went out and got a nice pair of MB Quart 6x9's (discus DKC 169, 130 watts max, each), and a sony 10 disc changer, and proceeded to remove the back half of my car to get at the stock speaker mounts, so i wouldn't have to cut or drill anything.
(The mb quart's in the stock locations)
Well, after many hours, i succeeded; i had to take out the bottom back seat, back seat rest, rear side paneling, front seatbelt, and rear deck to get in there and keep everything original. It payed off though...the 6x9's sounded great.
I stuck the changer under the driver's seat, so it was out of sight, but still accessible to the driver. The only thing you see is the wired remote, and that can easily be tucked under the front seat. Well, that was good enough for a couple of years, but i couldn't turn up the stereo as loud as i wanted without distorting the sound and taxing the stock head unit.
So, just recently, i put in a Crunch 4x125 watts amp, and a pioneer 10" sub, rated at 500 watts max.
The amp sits under the passenger seat, as does the Rockford Fosgate 1 farad capacitor. The amp really powers the 6x9's well..they put out loud, clear sound, and i bridged the other 2 channels to 250 watts for the sub, which also sounds great.
The amp and cd changer are completely hidden, and well out of kicking range. The only way you could know that i have a system in my car is to hear it.
My dad and i built the box for the sub together out of 3/4" fiber board. Here's the cat getting high off the fumes from the excessive amount of silicone i used on the box.
I'm not going for ridiculous spl...i'm into quality, and that's exactly what i've got now; a great system that beats plenty. Fortunately, nothing rattles on the car (imagine that...built pretty solid eh?) and it's not too loud outside of the car to get a ticket.
Big enough trunk for you? Yes, that's the original FULL spare.
And this is the original trunk sticker from the last picture...i have the original jack under the full spare.
I did all of it myself, except for my dad helping with the box and my neighbor soldered a wire to the head unit for me (i would have messed it up). Yes, i've still got the stock head unit in there; after 25 years it still brings everything together! I did it so if need be, evertyhing can be taken out and the car will be totally unchanged.
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