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1984 Ford F350 Audio Help

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Hey folks, I have a 1984 Ford F350 standard 2-door and am doing a frame off restoration. I would appreciate some suggestions as to how to treat the audio.

I have a budget of about $1,200-$1,500 for the audio. I have been doing some research on the Internet, but have been unable to even determine what speakers to purchase. My normal go to, from years gone by, Crutchfield doesn't go back to 1984 any longer.

So, when completed the truck will have a 200 amp alternator and two batteries.

I would like to install a sub woofer, appropriate speakers for doors/dash, a head unit with GPS, sat radio, and camera inputs, and the necessary amp/crossover/wiring/circuit protection/filter, etc.

Any idea where I can start my search? Are there any retailers who might be helpful to me?

Thanks in advance.
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My normal go to, from years gone by, Crutchfield doesn't go back to 1984 any longer.

Comes up when I enter the info for '84 F-series pickups/Broncos.
It shows 6-1/2's in the doors, and a single center speaker in the dash.

That said, Welcome to the forum! Plenty of helpful people here, with a lot of knowledge.

If you're looking for good clean sound but not trying to blow the doors off, I would keep it simple.
A 5 channel amp, an 8' or 10" sub, 6-1/2's in the doors, and tweets on the dash, should be more than enough in a standard cab.
What ever you do, don't be tempted by flee market brands like Boss, or Dual!

Head unit is going to depend on how much room you have in the dash, to mount the cage.
A standard size (single Din) with a fold out screen may be too expensive for your budget, but would give you Navi.
A larger (double Din) fixed screen, may not fit, if there are things behind the dash that can't be removed/relocated.
Most will have options/plug-ins for Sat radio, and Bluetooth for wireless phone capabilities.
Many double Dins will have camera inputs.
3 RCA outputs would be ideal, but two, with the use of a splitter, will work.

Kenwood and Alpine (to name a few) make solid, entry level, 5 channel amps.
$350 Kenwood Excelon X802-5
$400 Alpine S-A55V 5-Channel 60W RMS X 4 + 300W RMS X 1 at 2-Ohm S-Series Amplifier

If there's enough room behind the seat, a simple but effective Bazooka tube may be your best bang for the buck.
$140 Bazooka BT8014
$175 Bazooka BT1014

These will fit in the doors, and the Tweets can mount on the dash.
$250 Infinity Kappa 60csx

KnuKonceptz makes some budget friendly wiring kits.
4 gauge OFC (oxegen free copper) is what you're looking for. You'll need an extra set of RCA's, because the kit only comes with 2.
$65 Kolossus Complete 4 Gauge 4 Channel Amplifier Installation Kit - Merchandise
$8 Klarity RCA Cable 2 Channel RCA Interconnect Cable 5 Meter - Merchandise

If you've got some extra bucks in the budget, invest in sound deadening/noise control.
CDL (like Dynamat) to stop panel resonance, and MLV (mass loaded vinyl) for road noise barrier.

Lots of cheaper options of CDL, besides Dynamat, like Kilmat, Fatmat, Noico, Rattletrap.
Just make sure it's Butyl based, not asphalt based, like some of the stuff from home improvement stores. The latter will melt and drip in high temps!
No need to completely cover with the peel and stick CDL, just where needed, to stop rattles, and that tin can sound.

On the other hand,a full layer of MLV an the floor, firewall, and doors, will go a long way, to blocking road noise, and not forcing you to turn the volume up, just to hear the music.
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