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55 1st series in-dash speaker option
#1435010 Wed Dec 29 2021 01:05 AM
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MarkWH Offline OP
'Bolter
Has anyone tried to put in a 6x9 speaker behind the dash of a 55 1st series 3100 without using a plate attached to the radio?. I have a RetroSound radio and don’t want to hang speakers in the kick panels or up in the dash on either side of the cab.

Mark


M. Hayden
Re: 55 1st series in-dash speaker option
MarkWH #1435047 Wed Dec 29 2021 12:07 PM
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I don't have your year of truck but it appears that the plate is the most logical option. I don't know if you need a 6x9 but a lot of more modern Ford products used a speaker that was, I think 6x8.

Re: 55 1st series in-dash speaker option
MarkWH #1435062 Wed Dec 29 2021 03:25 PM
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Thanks. I have 1955 1st series. Might start looking into fab’ing a plate that attaches to the radio mounting bracketry


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Re: 55 1st series in-dash speaker option
MarkWH #1435075 Wed Dec 29 2021 05:25 PM
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Judging by the length of the RetroSound shafts (tuner, volume etc.), they are not long enough to mount a speaker panel.
Regardless, the RetroSound shafts are not strong enough and would probably break from the weight.
You will have to make your own speaker brackets.
On the left side is an dash brace going to the firewall.
GM used this brace to attach a mounting bracket.
On the right side, unfortunately, I have no idea.

One thing about a cowl vent. If open and rain happens, your radio and speaker can get wet.
I would fabricate a shield of some kind for protection.

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