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Post by Sam_snead01 on Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:14 pm

When I purchased my 74 el camino somone had put a cd player where the original radio goes. I have removed the cd player and bought a bezel with the original radio knob holes in it and I'm kind of stopped at this point. The part of the actual dash where the knobs went through has been cut....but I'm not sure how to mount this thing in the car. Does anyone know if there is a bracket or something that goes on here? Anybody have any pics? Thanks!

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Post by Limey SE on Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:20 pm

with out the holes for the knobs you will have a fun time mounting that

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Post by ant7377 on Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:26 pm

YOu are going to have to try and make some kind of bracket to hold the radio in the right spot so the dash bezel goes over it sort of eye it .The radio is kinda big so its not going to be that tough.Maybe get a helper put on the new dash bezel and have helper move the radio around till it looks good. I did it too but with an aftermarket radio called a retro sound.It was tough since the new one was so small but looked kinda stock once it was all mounted. I dont care for modern radios in a nice stockish type car .Ruins the atmosphere inside.
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Post by Sam_snead01 on Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:44 pm

ok so i need to figure out a way to get the front part back...maybe hit a junk yard and fiberglass the fron piece on as it will be hidden behine the bezel...But what holds the back of it up???? Is it a side mount? A mount on the back?

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Post by Limey SE on Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:54 pm

See this part of you dash that is hold MOST .... I SAY AGAIN MOST of our year radios in there you can ad some of that muffler wrap strap stuff that has holes in it and secure it fire wall to keep from bouncing



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Post by Sam_snead01 on Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:16 am

dammit always something

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Post by ant7377 on Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:25 pm

The back is held up by the bracket that bolts to the sides there isnt anything back there try the muffler strap method . Bolt it to the radio then find a spot behind the dash to bolt the other end.You might be able to make the front mounting holes from a sheet of counter top sample (formica) its strong.
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Post by Sam_snead01 on Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:44 pm

ok there is a metal piece that would run alone the side of the radio inside the dash on the driver's side...is this where that bracket would go? Does it bolt to that and the radio? Do you have any pics? Do you know where i can get one?

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:53 pm

Just got back from the yard and can offer some insight on this, Ben. Just to the left of the radio opening is a metal support bracket attached to the backside of the front of the dash. You can easily see it with the radio out. You'll notice it has a v-shaped slot. This is where you can attach the mtg stud that would be on the left side of the radio. If that radio doesn't have the stud w/nut, I grabbed one for you.

Now, as for the dash where someone cut out the radio opening, I thought you might be able to make quick work of repairing yours by affixing an intact one cut from another dash. I grabbed one of those for you, too. Sent one of these to Andrej (abaj) last Summer/Fall because he had the same problem with his dash. Andrej, if you are reading this, maybe you can enlighten us as to how that worked?

I'll PM you with pics to show what I'm talking about.

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Post by Sam_snead01 on Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:58 pm

awesome man thanks...yea that bracket still exists...that made my day....let me know what I owe you for shipping and send me a pay pal invoice using my email address....that really makes my day...awesome

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Post by Sam_snead01 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:36 pm

Ok I got the piece to fix the dash...it was a nice cut out from the part that holds the climate control all the way to a litle more than the bottom...than from diver's side knob mount to a little more than passenger side mounts. My radio hole had just a majority of the knob supports cut out...the rest was still there. After considering many options involving stucture support and effort vs result; I ended up trimming the piece around the perimerter to fit just under the middle of the climate control suppot...then to the bottom inside of the radio cut out...then from radio knob support to radio knob support. So, basically an overlay. I made all cuts with an pnematic dremal and a thin cut off disc. I then took the disc and shaved all the rased support molding and the mold on the back that holds the theads for the screw to the bezel....it fit great and fit flush. I placed the bezel over the dash and there was no gap! It has worked perfect so far. The only thing I have to due is figure out how I'm going to fasten it. Either small screws or epoxy of some sort, but it actually feels like its sandwiched enough to supoport itself. I will still fasten it though

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:42 pm

You're the man!
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Post by Sam_snead01 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:54 pm

let me know what I owe you thanks again

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:28 pm

Hey, if you want to send me a little something to help offset the cost of gas running out there and back, that's cool with me.
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Post by Sam_snead01 on Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:54 am

your email = pay pal?

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:55 am

Yep...that is correct. Did the mtg stud for the radio work for you? Thanks, man!
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Post by abajc3 on Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:09 pm

hey, i havent used that part yet because i still havent found an uncut bezel. keep an eye out for one, will you Steve? thanks!!

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:51 pm

Any day now, Andrej...I can feel it!
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