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Default 2004 Monte Carlo

I've been putting redoing the install in my Monte for long enough. Still may take a while to finish but at least I finally started. Going to put in some gear I've had tucked back in the closet for many years. Will probably enter some MECA contest when done but I'm not going to be building this around the rule book. They'll just change it again anyway. They can put me in what ever class they wish, don't really care. I want to do this only to help me get it to sound as good as possible.

Also, one of my goals is to make this as stealth as possible. I want people to look in and say...So where's the stereo? We'll see how I do at that.

First, I wanted to show the state it's in now. All of this gear will be coming out. Eclipse 8443, 2-Boston Acoustic G2 10" subs, 1-Boston Acoustic GT-42 amp and a Boston Acoustic SL60 set in the doors.








Had to show this. When I was adding deadener to the doors I found this on the passenger door.

I've seen things like this done at the factory on other peoples cars but never on one of mine. I thought it was cool anyway.
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Default Re: 2004 Monte Carlo

Here's what's going in:
ID mini horns with Selenium D2500TI drivers


JBL 2118 8" midbass in the kicks


2 IDW 15" subs mounted IB


All powered by 2 Soundstream Reference 500's and 1 Reference 300


Couple of accessories Streetwires fuse/ground distro and a PG DD-5 remote turn on.


Not 100% about this but may run these too. Rane AC23 and ME30's


Not sure about the HU as of yet.
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Haven't started on the kick panels yet but I knew there was an issue I needed to resolve first. I know some people tend to get bent out of shape about this so I think I found an answer for it, the parking brake.

This pic shows the brake engaged and it doesn't leave much room for the mid.


I made a card board mockup of it shortened
Normal position


Engaged



I made a new pedal arm at work out of 1/4" HRS



Test fit before cutting the arm



Cut arm off


Bolted new arm on and added rubber pad



Works just as intended from the factory while gaining several inches of clearance.
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Next I wanted to move the seats back a little. Not a lot, just 4". That may not sound like a lot but it is for me. I didn't want to relocate any mounting locations in the floor or anything. I took some measurements of the mounting locations where the seat attaches to the seat rails. Then cut some 1/4 HRS that had the existing mount location holes and the new locations pushed 4" back. Bolted the strips to the frame rails existing locations.



Then bolted the seat to the new hole locations.

This pic shows the seat moved all the way back stock.


This is all the way back with the new rails. All the way back, my feet don't touch the pedals unless I stretch my toes out.


The only thing left to resolve is the seat mechanism sticks out from the front of the seat a little. I will make a flap out of black vinyl to cover this.
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That's some cool fabrications.

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In for kickpanel build pics. I like what I'm seeing.

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Yes! Bout damn time for another Monte build!

Also, I need to talk with you about your kick brake mod. Well done so far!
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Great fabrication so far!
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Very cool ideas. Can not wait to see how this turns out.

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Thanks guys. Hope to get a lot further along on this but the rain and weekends have not been cooperating with my schedule the last 2 months.
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Default Re: 2004 Monte Carlo

Why are you ditching the 8443?
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Why are you ditching the 8443?
I love the Eclipse but the main reason is I want receiver that blends in with the dash better. I thought about putting in my Pioneer P800 but I HATE the way Pioneer's handle Ipods when searching for songs. The Eclipse will stay till I find something I like better.
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The newer Pioneer stuff is much better with the iPod integration. I haven't tried the 80PRS yet, but I know the P800 sucked. Their video pieces are much better for iPod use, but the SQ isn't as good as the P800, I'm sure.

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Nice mod on the parking brake! I'm going to have to pass that mod onto friends...

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Thanks! It doesn't happen often but I sometimes I have ideas that work out ok.

I made the mounting plates for the waveguides today during lunch. Was going to test fit them after work but...surprise, surprise it started raining. Hopefully in a day or two.




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Very nice! Did you use a break to bent the metal, or did you rig something up?

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Very nice! Did you use a break to bent the metal, or did you rig something up?
Thanks. Got one of the guys in the plant to form them on the press brake after I ran them off the punching cell. Hope I measured the holes right. If so, they should use all the existing bolts under the dash.
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THIS IS GORGEOUS BRO, CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR IT BUBBA!
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Looks good so far man!

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Not much progress but did get some work done on the sub baffle. Cut out 4 pieces of 3/4" mdf.


Test fit in car



Installed the hurricane nuts



Glued, screwed and smoothed.


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Routed out area to flush mount the brackets to mount the side panels. Hopefully when the carpet is added you will never know they are there.



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Very impressive. Love the use of steel

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Ok I'm bumping this. Excellent fabrication on all points from what I see! Fantastic work so far, and I can't wait to see the install develope. Keep up the good work!!

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Yeah, I seriously need to get moving on this. Between work, rain, heat and humidity around here I've not got a lot done. No more excuses though.

I did spend an hour tonight laying on my back halfway in the trunk and half in the space where my back seat used to reside applying deadener to the bottom side of my trunk lid though. The sound of the rain bouncing off the trunk lid was very relaxing though.
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Yeah, I seriously need to get moving on this. Between work, rain, heat and humidity around here I've not got a lot done. No more excuses though.

I did spend an hour tonight laying on my back halfway in the trunk and half in the space where my back seat used to reside applying deadener to the bottom side of my trunk lid though. The sound of the rain bouncing off the trunk lid was very relaxing though.
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Awesome work on the sub baffle!
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