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My first attempt was in my 70 Buick GS Stage 1. A pioneer Supertuner II twin shaft. A set of pioneer 6x9s in the back deck. and a pair of Jet Sound 6 1/2 in the doors.
My next car was a 75 Buick Century Indy Pace car. A cheap small chassis twin shaft. I purchased for IIRC like $60. at a Car audio tent sale. I think I just used the stock speakers.
My third attempt was one of the best, yeah right. 1970 GTO. The same twin shaft out of the pace car. would fit in the dash of the GTO. so I put it in the glove box. Along with a $19.95 booster/EQ. on top. with a set of Kenwood 6x9s in the deck. I remember one of the channels going out on the booster so I wired the speakers to one remaining channel.
The time period was 1982-1985.

What horrors did you create when you first got into car audio.

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my 1976 chevy chevette 2 door 4 speed,it was back in 1985 and i had put 2 8s in a plywood box i cant remember my gear but i just drove around blasting exodus and slayer and it sounded good at the time,looking back at it it probably sounded like utter poop
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87 jetta sedan, Panasonic cd headunit with stock speakers in the front, and 3 way home built radio shack parts speakers in the trunk, the pair took up the whole trunk and were powered off the deck..it..kinda..sounded ok..

this was in 1998, I guess I'm young lol.

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My first car audio project was in a 1976 Grand Prix, and involved a Royal Sound AM/FM-Cassette HU, some sort of swap-meet quality booster-EQ which my sister gave me for xmas, and some speakers I don't even recall...

My first upgrade came after some a-hole broke my window and stole my swap-meet booster-EQ, speakers and a bunch of cassette tapes... I then ended up with an Alphasonik EQ and a 100x2 JVC amp along with some Jensen "triax" 6x9s... I think I was pretty proud of that back then, but I'd like to go back in time and hear how horrible that actually sounded

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1979 toyota corolla SR5.

Pioneer shaft type super tuner II head unit with missing knobs (wedged pennies in the splits at the ends of the shafts to turn).

Kicker 3.5" components without tweeter in the doors. Speakers had been dug out of the dumpster behind stillwater designs and the cones were silaconed back together where they had been knifed by the employees in an attempt to "destroy" them im sure. Pioneer gm 800 (20x2 rated if i recall correctly and that was probably rated on the high side)

2 Pioneer impp freeair 10's in a Q logic dual bandpass driven full range off of an alpine 3519 (35x2 I think) amplifier that got so hot even at 4 ohm stereo that you would burn your hand on it. I had either 14 or 10 gauge power wire ran to the amp and it eventually got so hot that it melted all of the plastic coating off of the wire.

Yes, it was quite the sq machine
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87 jetta sedan, Panasonic cd headunit with stock speakers in the front, and 3 way home built radio shack parts speakers in the trunk, the pair took up the whole trunk and were powered off the deck..it..kinda..sounded ok..

this was in 1998, I guess I'm young lol.
LOL, Mike, weren't you like 13 yrs old in 1998?
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Must I?

My very first "system" was a factory radio in an 88 Ford Tempo w/ factory speakers and a Radio shack 12" woofer powered off the HU by tapping into one of the rear speakers and the sub being left in it's cardboard box, but taped up in an attempt to make it a "sealed enclosure".

This was my very first car and I was 14 with no idea of what I was doing (obviously). This was back in 98' as well for me too.
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1987...

Bought a Chevy Sprint (my first car).

Got a used Clarion tape deck, free from a garage sale. Installed it, and blew my driver's side factory door speaker, within about an hour.

Went to Radio Shack, and go a set of Realistic speakers, and installed them.

As I recall... I actually thought it sounded OK!

I was 19.

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LOL, Mike, weren't you like 13 yrs old in 1998?

yep, 13! been tinkering with audio for a few years already and had friends with older brothers and it was a cool way to get into the teenage cool crowd.

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Mine was in a 67 Ford galaxie. 2 GS redline 15's on 2 Profile baja 200's Few too mant sets of JBL bi9's


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yep, 13! been tinkering with audio for a few years already and had friends with older brothers and it was a cool way to get into the teenage cool crowd.
It didn't work- you're still a huge nerd! (But I do love 'ya man!)
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Oh god....here goes.....freaking sparkomatic ff only tape deck, realistic 150 watt (yes, it said 150 watts) eq booster, powering two kenwood ported boxes with 10s and lil horn tweets mounted behind the seat resting comfortably between yer back and the gas tank, tweets pointed up, in a 1970 ford longbed.........lmao. I was amazed when I moved up from the booster to a real pioneer amp rated at 100 watts.......it's was eardrum splitting loud. Other than a complete lack of any bass below about 70hz, I was quite fond of it after the dose of the real amps power. Not long after that I removed the two post mounts and stepped up to the alpine tape deck....which let me actually rewind! (GASP!)
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Chevy s-10
Kenwood changer run through the stock delco head unit. Hid the display in my sun visor.
Orion moon & stars amp can't remember the model. 240 or 260gt
Two mtx terminator eights in a tiny box built in shop class. It may of been .5 cuft
Jbl 4x6 coax in the dash.

I live In The country so back then a cd changer with an RF setup was mind blowing. Two small subs that got fairly loud killed em too.

Upgraded to a single Orion 10"dvc when the XTR's came out. Smoked said Orion amp shortly afterward. That was my crash course in driver impedance at 16.

Went with an eclipse ECD head unit and a soundstream ref 300 later and the rest is history. That was around '91

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Oh lord, here we go. In my VW baja, a Targa twin shaft that I bought off of a friend (hot,stolen ), with a Unic amp powering a set of home speakers thrown in the back. Wires EVERYWHERE! I bungee corded the home speakers in the back so they wouldn't flop around. ... I thought I was "Billy bad ass" typical 15 year old. Lololol
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the sub being left in it's cardboard box, but taped up in an attempt to make it a "sealed enclosure".
I feel better knowing I wasn't the only one to try that.

I'll play
1st car- '85 LeSabre 4dr (nick named "Smokey Brown")
Kenwood CD player, stock speakers. Sounded OK.
Spun a main bearing before I could save up for subs and an amp.

2nd car- '84 Jeep Cherokee 4dr 4x4
Same CD player, all speakers were shot, so I put a pair of 3-way 8" Bose bookshelf speakers, from my bedroom, on the back seat.
A garage sale, unpowered, ported, Cerwin Vega home theater "10, in the back, rounded out the sound.
Powered by a garage sale 4 channel Alpine, bridged rear for the sub.
Made it 4 months before the amp went into protect.
Didn't sound 1/2 bad, not 1/2 good either...
How that system never got stolen, is still beyond me.

After that, my attempts were far better planned (and funded).

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in higher school. I drove my dad's 96 grand am. put sony xplod 6x9's in the rear deck and xplod components up front. for the dec I went with the pioneer OLED unit with the dolphins. I made a kit for it using the shell of those textured aluminum tool cases that look like an oversized briefcase. it didn't match a single thing in the car lol. I think I later added an MTX amp and sub to it.

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My first crack at car audio...jeez! This was probably around 92', but 87 olds cutless factory tape deck. I bought some 3.5" wizzer cone infinity speakers for the dash from circuit city and I bought a kicker C12 from the kid next door. My granddad built me a tiny sealed box out of osb and I ran it off the factory tape deck rear channels. I think my mom & dad bought me a Kenwood cd player the next Christmas and I saved enough money to buy a Coustic AMP102 for the sub. From there it was a snowball effect and it's been out of control ever since.

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80s Chevette. JBL GTQ 400 and GTQ 200 amps. MB Quart 2way passives. Dual JBL GTX 10's ported. Eclipse CDP. It was my learning car.

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@ SHAGGS
Yep, sounded "AWESOME" for about 10 minutes. LOL

Second attempt was with the same 88' tempo "after" I finally got my drivers license, first attempt I hadn't but a learners permit.

Anyways, second attempt was a complete "audio overhaul". Replaced the OEM tape deck with an Audiovox Rampage CD player, replaced the front speakers with a set of Sony 3-ways from Wally World, set of 6x9's (don't recall the brand) from Fingerhut (from the late 80's early 90's), Road Gear 250W amp (think it was rated for 35x2 130x1) powering a 6.5" Jensen tube sub.

What's worse, I merely tapped into the wiring for the stereo for my power/ground/remote for the amp. Had the amp sitting in front of the center console on the carpet, damn thing would get so hot in a matter of minutes to burn a person's leg.

How it never blew fuses or caused a fire, I'll never know.

Since then, I've gotten better with my installs.
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Hey, I was 12 or 13, and they were Urban's. Caution to the wind....

I thought the diagram on the box, that showed the cutout and overall diameter, meant to cut there.

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14 years old, found some 6x9s in the garage, and my bro-in-law provided the twin shaft. This was in a 79 Suzuki 4x4. I put the 6x9s in a random sized box, particle board, and drilled some holes in the ends to port them. I did hide the wires as best I could.

It was my dad's 4x4, and he always joked he had the loudest AM radio on the block.

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I remember it like it was yesterday. I used my "shoot at me" money as a down payment on a brand new 1969 Charger R/T. I installed an Audiovox Sound Exploder (power booster) in line with my factory head unit. The power booster was about as big as two packs of cigarettes and it made 1250 watts. (It said so right on the box). Then I installed a pair of Audiovox 6 x 9 speakers in the rear deck. They were "only" rated at 1000 watts. I was afraid I was going to blow them up.

I was not satisfied with the factory 8 track sound quality so a few weeks later I bought me a under dash 45 RPM record player. The first 45 I bought for it was Bob Dylan's "Lay, Lady Lay". Ahhhh, yesterday. I miss the old days when I wasn't fat, still had hair and wore bell bottom pants.
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Hey, I was 12 or 13, and they were Urban's. Caution to the wind....

I thought the diagram on the box, that showed the cutout and overall diameter, meant to cut there.
No, I hear you, that's the same way it was for me too. The Radio Shack box had a punch out template that I actually thought meant the sub were to be used in the box it came inside. Sounded pretty weak/sloppy, and just flat out bad when it first powered up, so that's then the duct tape came out. Helped some and like I said, it sounded "awesome" for about 10 minutes. I think the driver blew within a matter of hours, or I finally came to a point where I realized what I was hearing was not as good as I initially thought. Regardless, the woofer came out and ended up in the trash.

It was a freebie, but I'm thinking in hind sight, it wasn't a bad driver, just VERY poorly installed/utilized by myself. I think it was actually a loud speaker for use with a guitar.
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It also didn't help that I was trying to run it off a crappy bookshelf stereo.

I eventually made a crappy plywood box, that made a brief appearance in my first car.
Ran speaker wire, from my home stereo, out my bedroom window to the trunk, so I could listen to them in the car. Ah, youth....

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Wow! This brings back some memories. I really don't remember the gear but I do the instal. It was in a 1974 Impala 4 dr. I had a CD player, probably Pioneer or Kenwood an amp and a pair of 12's. My Impala had the single speaker in the dash so I was set for my mids and highs. The amp installation ended up being a learning experience in fuses after the fire! Since the car was about a city block long I was lucky to have money for wires so an in-line fuse just wasn't in the budget. Ran the power wire down the the door jamb. The amp got hot enough to fry eggs on. About a week later my buddy was getting in and pinched the power wire resulting in the "fire". The good ol days!
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