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Old 12-05-2018, 01:54 PM
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I know there are other threads on this subject but the ones I found were pretty old. Wondering if there is any new info out there...


My 66 has aftermarket A/C and already has a custom autosound speaker in the front from the previous owner. Speaker is blown.

Question one, can you replace the speaker without yanking the cluster?

Question two, since the custom autosound only lasted 4 years, what is a better quality replacement.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by karkrafter View Post
I know there are other threads on this subject but the ones I found were pretty old. Wondering if there is any new info out there...


My 66 has aftermarket A/C and already has a custom autosound speaker in the front from the previous owner. Speaker is blown.

Question one, can you replace the speaker without yanking the cluster?

Question two, since the custom autosound only lasted 4 years, what is a better quality replacement.

Thanks!
Thanks for posting this question as I need to do the same!
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Originally Posted by karkrafter View Post
I know there are other threads on this subject but the ones I found were pretty old. Wondering if there is any new info out there...


My 66 has aftermarket A/C and already has a custom autosound speaker in the front from the previous owner. Speaker is blown.

Question one, can you replace the speaker without yanking the cluster?

Question two, since the custom autosound only lasted 4 years, what is a better quality replacement.

Thanks!
I would guess that you may be able to find replacement speakers if you simply measure the depth so something will fit. However I don't know that I would waste the time and money. I have them in my 57 and the placement is poor and I hardly hear anything out of them but my top is always down also.
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www.turnswitch.com 1-877-780-2861. You'll be glad you did. I had to remove the radio to put it in. If someone has been in "there" and changed out the original, he has the correct pigtail to make it a clean install. Make sure it is attached to the radio properly. Ron B.
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Removing the cluster won't be much help don't do that. Remove the glove box and the side panels at the radio, you may have to take your ducting out for the aftermarket AC.
Wait till Frankie the Fink responds to this, he has some good information on the speaker to use.
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Also I'd check carefully to make sure your speaker is actually blown. With Custom Autosound radios and speakers it's hard to tell because both are not very good quality sound.
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ebay speaker here

What do you guys think about this one?
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ebay speaker here

What do you guys think about this one?
Not if you have an OEM radio. See the 'Note' in the eBay listing's description.
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Nope not stock radio, I have the original rebuilt with Aurora innards….4 ohm.
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The Electo-Tech speaker with the impedance matching transformer is for original cars....

You still can't beat the Custom Autosound 140W stereo 6x9 with dual voice coils...
No - don't take the cluster out (gads!) removing the glovebox liner and clock helps though...

Speaker sound is about the size of the cone and magnet mass - those little dual "glued to a board" 4-inchers will never sound as good as the Custom Autosound...
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