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64 Starfire aftermarket audio!!

Old June 21st, 2018, 02:54 PM
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64 Starfire aftermarket audio!!

Im a proud new owner of a 64 Starfire, and Inwant to add some sound to complete the experience of the ride!! The stock only comes with the dash soeaker in the front and rear speaker in the back. Im curious to see how fellow starfire owners have added after market speakers to their ride!! Has anyone replaced the air conditioning bents in the kicker panels with speakers? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old June 22nd, 2018, 04:06 AM
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You can get a frame that allows you to mount 2 small tweeters in the space for the stock speakers. You can also find kick panels that would allow you to mount speakers down low. I don't think there's one to specifically fit your car but universal ones could be made to work.

Think twice before you start cutting the dash or package tray.
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Old June 22nd, 2018, 09:56 AM
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If I was updating the sound system in any classic car today I would never cut anything to install speakers but rather utilize wireless technology to activate speakers that could be easily removed when not in use.
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Putting both speakers next to each other in the original hole pretty much defeats the whole point of having stereo.
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I have a '67 Delta 88 with a similar speaker arrangement, a single speaker in the center of the dash and a single speaker in the center of the back seat. I installed a 1980s era AM/FM/cassette shaft-style aftermarket unit and wired it so the front speaker is the left channel and the rear speaker is the right. Works fine. Sounds fine. Didn't have to cut anything. It's not Carnegie Hall, but, hell, it's a car!

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Im in the same boat.. my 64 Starfire a.k.a "RED ROCKET" rocks the stock front 1964 speaker in the dash with a 1974 sanyo 8 track player.. and it is sheit!.. I hate it. i think about cutting my dash and rear parcel shelf at least once a day to put in the rockford fosgate 6x9s and sony CD player that i have, but I dont, and i dont know why i dont.. im not even that much a purist.
You could go with a retrosound hermosa deck at the tune of $275, then as previously mentioned the frame that holds 2 tweeters in the front and then something like this in the back between the rear seat:

Premium Ultra-thin Rear Seat Replacement Speaker for 1963-64 Chevrolet Impala

it wouldnt be ghetto thumping bass with glass shattering high notes, but it would at least be respectable sound.
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I don't recommend the kickpanel speakers. The housings are made from thin ABS and no matter how you try to insulate or reinforce them, they buzz annoyingly. Besides which, the resulting enclosure is too shallow to provide any kind of bass response whatsoever.
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Anything would be a custom build and you'd need an asskicker installer then. The left channel front speaker and right channel rear was how the factory did it on a lot of factory "stereo" radio installs; some Chevys, possibly the others, with Multiplexer did use 4 speakers. Two 4" in kickpanels and 2 6x9 in the package shelf.

The 64 rear shelf has only one 6x9 mount in the right rear. The other side would have to be cut. There's holes for a blower type defogger but they would restrict sound.

A repro 64 Grand Prix package tray will cover up cuts should you wish to go back stock someday. Keep in mind that cutting any other side panel on a 64 Starfire is going to result in having to find replacements to undo a stereo install.
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These cars have cavernous trunks i plan on building a custom removable box system and run it all off my phone. I will leave the stock functioning radio intact.
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