Glove Box Stealth Stereo

One of my personal loves of older vehicles inside is when you see a car that captures it’s time period with either stock parts down to the stereo,  gear knob,  seats etc or period style items that would have been seen when people were modifying them back in their heyday. 

My biggest gripe with old cars is usually the radio.  I’m huge on keeping it right.  There is nothing worse than seeing some horrific brand new stereo mixed in with a beautiful old interior.  It doesn’t work for me…  It might for you but I’m in charge of the keyboard so keep reading if you like!

Basically,  My little twincam corolla is quite a rare steed.  Not only is she a twincam but it’s an early production twincam.  In a nutshell they were produced for less than 6 months with the factory orange radio,  interior trim,  side lamps and so on and are not seen often in Stock form like my car is.  Although there are some modifications I only really use Toyota genuine parts and try to make it as authentic as possible. 

In this day and age it’s really not ideal to listen to the old radio as it doesn’t give much of a buzz,  that said,  it looks great and deserves it’s place in the dash!

This is where the glove box comes in! You see loads of older cars with hidden stereos and I decided that this was my time to do something cool to the ae82 and enjoy the stereo from the privacy of the glove compartment!

I used a very shallow Sony Bluetooth mechless stereo with an external gain adjuster that will run to the amplifier to power the show.  In an earlier post I trimmed the glove box In an old flannelette shirt,  this was to be the base I’d build it upon!

I simply made a frame,  measured up the radio and ensured it wouldn’t protrude out beyond the limit of the compartment and made sure it all cleared open and shut.  Beyond that it was mounted with neat black screws and wired in.  The beauty of this project is that it sounds absolutely excellent and it’s not even known it’s there.  I have the added benefit of Bluetooth and usb etc. 

It looks great and sounds great.  I’m super happy with the result!

Until next time,  Happy tinkering!

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