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Dash Speaker removal

Post by omarghazzy on Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:22 pm

Hello Fellow G3ers
I have a question did anyone have any luck removing the in-dash speaker and replace it without removing the dash.
the speaker on my 77 malibu is dead and i need t replace it, I can't seem to be able to reach all screws from behind the clock area

before I start taking things apart like AC vent(if possible) and glove compartment
does anyone out there have any experince or knows if it can be done without removing the whole dash out of the car.

Thanks.

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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by Hawk03 on Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:29 pm

I changed mine almost 20 years ago but from what I remember is I removed the HVAC controls and I was able to reach the screws by squeezing my hand and arm through the hole. You could probably remove the gauge cluster and you might be able to reach the speaker. I was a lot more bendable back then so I'm not sure I could do it the same way again.
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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by omarghazzy on Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:31 pm

thanks, I believe the far screw to the passenger side it not reachable through the gauge side, wondering how I can reach that one.

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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by Dead Man on Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:25 pm

just did mine a few weeks ago with the dash in. just removed the ac controls and was able to get it out. replaced it with 2 new cerwin vegas lol
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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by omarghazzy on Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:27 pm

That's great
Where you able to reach all 3 screws from the ac control
What kind of special tools or sockets did u use ?

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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by Dead Man on Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:34 am

I used a mini ratchet with socket. and the passenger side screw i went through the glove box.
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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by pila on Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:55 am

It's easier, if the seat is removed !! I put two Pioneer 4x6 speakers in my Elco & Malibu dashes...

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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by omarghazzy on Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:06 am

What seat ? Why ?
Kidding right ?

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Post by pila on Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:12 am

It's because I like laying down on the job !! Very Happy

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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by Dead Man on Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:03 pm

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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by omarghazzy on Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:48 pm

thanks guys I'l give it a shot this weekend

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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by TW Monte on Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:46 am

Yeah, it can be done. I did it last fall.
Remove the underdash ventilation ducts.
Remove ashtray & glovebox door & insert.
Remove the middle AC vents.
Remove the radio. (hvac control can stay in place)
With these items out of the way, you will be able to reach up behind the dash & disconnect the speaker wires & remove the two nuts holding on the dash speaker mount bracket. (You'll have to lay on your back & look up to get a good look at it).
The RH side is easiest to reach through the middle AC vent hole.
The LH side can be reached through the same hole, but you might also be able to reach it from under the radio/hvac control unit with a long extension & 5/16" socket (iir).
Once you remove the bracket nuts, you can slide the speaker to the right and then either lower it on the rh side of ductwork, below ashtray/glovebox.
Installation is the opposite.
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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by omarghazzy on Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:43 am

Cool thanks
I didn't know that the centre ac vent can be removed?

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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by TW Monte on Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:00 am

There are 4 screws holding it on from the back side. Pita to reach & remove, but if your patient (smaller hands help too), you can reach them. Caution - the little plastic tabs that hold it to the back side of dash get brittle with age.
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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by omarghazzy on Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:02 am

TW Monte wrote:There are 4 screws holding it on from the back side. Pita to reach & remove,  but if your patient (smaller hands help too), you can reach them. Caution - the little plastic tabs that hold it to the back side of dash get brittle with age.

Thank a lot man.

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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by ant7377 on Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:23 pm

I just did mine on my 73. Did pretty much what these guys said only thing was for what ever reason the little nuts would not thread back on the studs that hold it in place.I had to go to the hardware store and get new ones.It was like they were single use only. Probably so it would not loosen up and make the radio sound bad.
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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by crice63 on Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:28 pm

Just happen to have my dash right here so snapped a picture for reference. You can see the four screws holding the center vents and one screw that holds the speaker mount.


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Re: Dash Speaker removal

Post by omarghazzy on Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:34 pm

crice63 wrote:Just happen to have my dash right here so snapped a picture for reference. You can see the four screws holding the center vents and one screw that holds the speaker mount.


awesome, thanks alot

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