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  1. #361
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    I should mention the real reason for this change was the update to put the FiTech hand held hidden in the ash tray as mentioned/shown in a previous post:

    Also several of the gauges I had below the dash were "shown" on the hand held so they were redundant. We swapped out the Volts gauge for oil pressure beside the speedo and I'm left with all the gauge read outs I want/need but a more stock look. Here are current pics:

    Joe Lincoln
    Lime Green 71 Olds 442 Convertible

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  2. #362
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    of course nothing ever goes as planned. 8 track is looking sweet but on the mock up of my current stereo going behind it, it's the Magnum 6 speed that is the show stopper. Of course the tunnel around the 6 speed is several inches taller then the stock tunnel that was around the M21.....so the stereo can only go "back" about 4 or 5 inches before it hits the tunnel. My current Sony stereo is about 7" in depth. Did some research and they actually make shorter depth stereo's that are called "mechless" which just means they don't have CD functionality meaning they don't have to be as long for the CD to go in. Also apparently marine stereos are shorter too. Checking those out or may go glove box with my current stereo - we'll see.
    Joe Lincoln
    Lime Green 71 Olds 442 Convertible

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  3. #363
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    Update on the stereo - decided to go with this one:
    https://www.classiccarstereos.com/19...html?rrec=true

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    It's obviously not 100% stock appearing but it fits in the stock holes and still gives the old school look that will go well with the 8 track. It has 5 channel RCA pre-outs, an external mic for hands free talking, and a USB port for charging my phone. I'm able to use my 5 x 500 amp for all 5 speakers including the 12" sub (and can adjust sub up or down) so hoping end result will have zero drop off if sound or functionality from my current aftermarket radio. Will update if that's the case once its in.
    Joe Lincoln
    Lime Green 71 Olds 442 Convertible

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  4. #364
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    I have the cd-less version in my 51 F1. It's bluetooth, etc. Now that we have flashdrives and bluetooth, the only time I use a cd is in my house.

  5. #365
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    I'm with you on that. Haven't used a CD for years. I won't miss that at all.
    Joe Lincoln
    Lime Green 71 Olds 442 Convertible

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  6. #366
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    I havenít been on here in a while, so I am catching up on your progress. Mark Savitske is a genius. I spent some time learning from him before finishing my suspension setup. Thanks for sharing your wheels & tires learnings. I currently have an 18x8 square setup but there is so much wheel well in these cars!
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  7. #367
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    Obviously I'm with you about Mark. So far everything he suggested/recommended has been spot on. You could definitely upgrade to 18x10s in the rear with our huge wheel wells but of course the 18x8s won't hurt you. I finally pulled the trigger on all new rubber. Will show some pics when everything is mounted.
    Joe Lincoln
    Lime Green 71 Olds 442 Convertible

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  8. #368
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    New rubber is on - as a reminder from above it's 18x8 fronts with 245/45/18 Michelin Pilot 4S and 18x10 rear with Nitto 555r drag radials 305/40/18. Biggest difference is the rear tires are 1" shorter then former (305/45/18s) and of course no raised white letters glued on yet:

    The top of the front rim looks slightly closer to the trim ring to me now then the rear so may put a 1/2" spacer under the front springs but want to put some miles on the car first to make sure the height front to rear stays the same.

    The process for trying to put back the factory original stereo holes has begun. Dash had to come out and I bought the 68/69 Olds radio bezel so the depth of the holes match and then bought the factory original woodgrain with the metal backing on it to use as a template to make sure everything goes back in the right spot:


    -Joe
    Joe Lincoln
    Lime Green 71 Olds 442 Convertible

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  9. #369
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    Looks great!

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  10. #370
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    Thanks Andrew!
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  11. #371
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    Quote Originally Posted by 71OLDS View Post
    Thanks Andrew!
    How tall is the 305/40? About 27.5"?
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  12. #372
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewb70 View Post
    How tall is the 305/40? About 27.5"?
    the 305/40/18s are 27.72" the 305/45/18s I replaced were 28.78"
    Joe Lincoln
    Lime Green 71 Olds 442 Convertible

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  13. #373
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    Getting the stock radio holes back turned into a huge project. Dash had to come out. Props to the wood grain from Jeff at H&H with the metal backing:

    http://www.hhclassicauto.com/

    Really high end product. Makes it much harder to cut and glue to the dash but the finished product is so much nicer. Here are some pics:






    Joe Lincoln
    Lime Green 71 Olds 442 Convertible

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  14. #374
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    Here's some pics with everything back together. Still need to line up the glove box perfectly and do some glue clean up and detailing but really happy with the end result and getting things much closer to factory appearing. Will update if there's any drop off in sound or functionality with this stereo but hoping that's not the case. Really love the old school factory original 8 track player without all the added weight. Also remember I have the FiTech hand held unit with all my #s hidden in the ash tray. May go back to the factory black rubber mats eventually too.




    Here's a "before" pic for reference with the aftermarket stereo, different wood grains, and gauges below the dash in the "8 track like" housing. I still have all the details from those gauges on the FiTech hand held unit in the ash tray.
    Joe Lincoln
    Lime Green 71 Olds 442 Convertible

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