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My father and I have a 1971 LeMans Sport Convertible and, while I love the sound of the 350 V8 with the top down, I would also like to be able to listen to some music in the car as well. The car is all original and has the original AM radio in it, which is not currently working. We really do not want to take it out and mess with the originality of the car. It looks cool even if it doesn't work.

My question is what have people done to add a new deck to their GTO/LeMans without messing with the originality of the interior. My thought was that it could possibly go in the glove box or be mounted below the dash. I believe there is only one speaker in the dash but would love to be corrected.

Any advice anyone can give would be greatly appreciated!
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If you look up cheesy in the dictionary, you will see these pictures as well. The cheap head unit is held to a piece of wood that is painted black by strapping covered with black felt. The wood in turn is screwed to the underside of the dash with 2 long screws that use existing holes. The temp gauge is held to the strapping under the radio with a white wire tie. No butchering and it can all be removed in less than 5 minutes. BTW the head unit is old but is has an aux in for my iPhone.

The speakers are cheap black ones. The speaker wires run under the carpet and come up along the side of the back seat. They just sit there. If I need to take them out, the wires unhook from the speakers easily and I can push the wires in the seam between the seat and the back. I am sure that others will have hopefully cleaner solutions. Doubt you will find a less expensive one.

BTW, we put an 8 track player in the glove box of our new GTO in 1967 to keep it from being stolen. My brother was reaching over to fiddle with it when he ran into the back of the car in front of him which had stopped halfway through a right turn......




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Thanks to my grandkids, I use the Bluetooth wireless mini speaker placed under my seat, my I-phone has a ton of music and if I get tired of listening to my collection I can connect to Pandora.

That way the car stays original and if I want to listen to static I turn on the AM radio.

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Thanks! The Bluetooth speaker seems like the way to go. Any recommendations on which one to get?
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I had the same requirements for my 69 gto convertible. I did not want to cut the kick panels because it would take the stock look out and the air vents wouldnt not work. I wanted to keep the original am radio in the dash too. I installed an Alpine blue tooth radio and amp into my glove box and ran two 3.5in speakers in the center dash location and fabricated two speaker brackets under the dash behind the ash tray for two 6.5in round speakers. The only way to get a rich bass sound is to use a speakerbox on the back seat, which looks terrible, or fabricate a front facing bracket for sub woofers in the trunk. I decided to keep the under dash and above dash for high range sound and it sounds good enough to hear over my flowmaster 40's. Attached a pic of my dash and glovebox and my 6.5 under the dash.
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Thanks! The Bluetooth speaker seems like the way to go. Any recommendations on which one to get?
The prices are affordable and there are several to choose from;

https://www.google.com/#q=wireless+bluetooth+speakers

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I just went through the same thing. I decided to go with the JBL Charge. I set it in the middle of the back seat and it sounds great. It also fits perfectly in the '68 center counsel so it's not sitting out when I park. One benefit of the "Charge" is that it has a huge battery that can also be used to charge iPhones and other devices. So glad I didn't mess up my dash with a replacement radio. Oh, I think I paid $150 at best buy. Good luck.


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Thanks to my grandkids, I use the Bluetooth wireless mini speaker placed under my seat, my I-phone has a ton of music and if I get tired of listening to my collection I can connect to Pandora.

That way the car stays original and if I want to listen to static I turn on the AM radio.
Since I don't spend a lot of time in the Goat, I decided to go cheap on the Bluetooth, since so many of you have tried it. $39.00 in Walmat and $17.00 w/tax on Walmart.com. Just paired it with my iPhone and it works great. Acid test will be using it in the car, but from the sound I get in the man cave, it should be fine.
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Since I don't spend a lot of time in the Goat, I decided to go cheap on the Bluetooth, since so many of you have tried it. $39.00 in Walmat and $17.00 w/tax on Walmart.com. Just paired it with my iPhone and it works great. Acid test will be using it in the car, but from the sound I get in the man cave, it should be fine.
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Tried it out. Bit disappointing as it lost the iPhone connection 3 times. Nice size and I am sure I can jury rig something on the back to hang across the knobs on the radio. Not gonna do that until I see what's causing the BT break.
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