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Ok same idea with the wheels thread, brainstorm with a bunch of Pontiac nuts to create an awesome sound system in a classic Pontiac. This like the rims and tires, is a long way off from happening but again it doesn't hurt to think ahead. I am 100% on putting either an original dash unit back in the car or a good reproduction of the original style radio. I am probably going to put an aftermarket head unit in the glove box it will have to have Ipod control or compatibility. Being an older car it only had 1 speaker in the dash (my original speaker is still there, doesn't work though) i think it is a 4x10. Then there are 6x9's in the rear those too will be aftermarket. I will probably get under seat speaker enclosures for the front speakers. Then add a amp and subs to the trunk to round it out. Recommendations are welcome.

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This is what I would do this company makes modern radios that look old. This way you can keep that retro look but have a radio that does everything that a modern radio does. Now you dont have to cut up your dash and keep it nice and clean looking and people will never know. :D

http://www.retrosoundusa.com/?gclid=CPH83O...CFdF95QodATvtdw

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This is what I would do this company makes modern radios that look old. This way you can keep that retro look but have a radio that does everything that a modern radio does. Now you dont have to cut up your dash and keep it nice and clean looking and people will never know. :D

http://www.retrosoundusa.com/?gclid=CPH83O...CFdF95QodATvtdw

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That's freakin awesome!

Definitely would suggest that or what Frosty said about adding functionality to your stock classic radio.

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wow that is really cool i didnt know anyone did that anymore. I would def go with that. Very sweet and stylish.

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Some of the guys I know recommend them over the Classic audio in terms of sound quality and radio response.

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took me a while to find this pic its also made by retrosound i kinda like it to.

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OK here is what I did. I met this guy named Mike Hagan at the 2003 GM Nationals in Carlisle PA. He takes your stock radio and refurbishs it inside and out. It is pricey at around $700+ for everything. I got a 10-disc Kenwood CD changer that is mounted in the glove box to go with it. You can add an XM radio receiver to it too.

Basically all the electronics are replaced with modern components but retain the stock shape and mounting. So there is no cutting of the dash, unlike Custom Autosound. The radio puts out a true 180 watts - way more sound than it ever did from GM so you have to careful with speaker selection. Stock speakers will be die.

Here is Mike's contact info from his ads in Hemmings Motor News:

RADIO restorations, FM stereo conversions, 180 watts, 1946-1975; look for me at Spring Carlisle F115-117. 235 Glouster Rd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030, 215-547-7145; www.mikehaganantiqueautoradio.com

Here is my radio looked like before I sent it to Mike:

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee33/fr...utoftheDash.jpg

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee33/fr...io-SideView.jpg

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee33/fr...ck-SideView.jpg

Here is what it looked like when I got it back:

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee33/fr...ioCDChanger.jpg

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee33/fr...rkingFMDial.jpg

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee33/fr...HarnessView.jpg

Notice the two RCA jacks on the back now. That is the input jacks for the CD changer. You can put an XM receiver between the CD changer and radio too, according to Mike. The nice thing is I get better sound to a stock looking radio.

I added Custom Autosound kickpanel speakers, a dual speaker in the dash and two 9-inch speakers in the stock trunkwell locations.

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Well i have always been a really big KICKER fan. Thats what ive got and extremely happy with all of it!

oh and panasonic has a really sweet in dash and i think they make a Six disc for your glove box also very sweet!

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