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Old 04-09-2012, 10:54 AM   #481
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Awesome, it always feels good to dedicate a whole day to the car
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:53 AM   #482
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Suggestion for the antenna. Autozone sells a powered antenna that mounts on the windshield. Three wires come out of it, 12v+, antenna plug and ground. Replaces your current one. I don't have an antenna on my roof and this works perfect. 20 bucks, can't go wrong with that!! I can post pics if you want. Mounted mine on the dot matrix at top center of of the windshield and also has a light on it to let you know it's on.
I wired the 12v source to the fuse panel for the radio fuse, grounded it on one of the roof screws that hold the metal frame up for the dome light.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:11 PM   #483
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I would be interested in that antenna. I have the stock antenna and I have always gotten terrible radio reception, as did the previous owner. I replaced the head unit, so now I pretty sure it is the antenna. As a plus I would love to go to a slick roof.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:16 PM   #484
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Had a good day yesterday working on the car.

I finally replaced all the wire nuts for the headunit with splicing nuts so it's not such a mess behind the radio. My dad was also digging around in some old stuff and found an old antenna buster, and I put that in the car. It helps sometimes but also seems to hurt the signal at times too. I may try putting it on a switch and see how that goes.

I also was able to clean the inside of the car for the first time since early February. As you can imagine, it really needed it, but it still needs my yearly spring go over and the seats and carpets washed.

Lastly, I did a lot of work on the rear interior. I won't say to much about it yet because I'm still in the early planning stages, but basically, I am going over the whole rear hatch area again. The basics are going to stay the same but I'm trying to do a lot of changes to make it look better, sound quieter, and be easier to remove when needed.
i still need to shampoo my carpets and get my seats cleaned... noticed a hole in one of the bolsters in the driver seat.

interested in the new set up... gotta love
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:09 AM   #485
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Suggestion for the antenna. Autozone sells a powered antenna that mounts on the windshield. Three wires come out of it, 12v+, antenna plug and ground. Replaces your current one. I don't have an antenna on my roof and this works perfect. 20 bucks, can't go wrong with that!! I can post pics if you want. Mounted mine on the dot matrix at top center of of the windshield and also has a light on it to let you know it's on.
I wired the 12v source to the fuse panel for the radio fuse, grounded it on one of the roof screws that hold the metal frame up for the dome light.
I'd definitely like pictures too. I was thinking about going to the salvage yard and taking a whole antenna system out of a car and sticking it somewhere inside the car but this sounds even better.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:39 AM   #486
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So, here's the new plan for the interior. This is all what I hope to accomplish in no particular order of importance.

1. I want to try and make it quieter. Most of the noise I am dealing with now is coming from the build itself, not so much from what I'm carrying. In the setup I have now, I used a covered frame style which is leading to a lot of pressure creaks. To eliminate some of this, I'm trying to use as little pieces as possible and eliminate the frames underneath as well as sealing all the seams better.

2. Make it much easier to remove. My plan is to build the interior in five section: the rear passenger seat foot well, rear passenger seat area, hatch area floor, hatch area passenger side wall, and hatch area drivers sidewall. By doing this, I will be able to install the rear seats if needed and keep the hatch area in the car.

3. Carpet. This is self explanatory.

4. I want to dislodge the subwoofer. The way it's set up now, the subwoofer is a permanent part of the build. I plan on having it in a box unattached to anything to I can easily take it in and out and move it around in the car as needed.

5. I hope to make it lighter. The weight right now isn't all that bad, but I'm still trying to use the lightest materials I can.

6. Upgrade subwoofer. This is also self explanatory but may take some time.

On that note, this whole project will probably take a while to complete because I really want to do this right. I rushed the first one quite a bit so I ended up with some poorly planned and built areas.
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i have seen a few threads for builds for subs in the floor well behind the seats... just a thought. would save space.
everything else sounds awesome.... and very exhausting at the same time.
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i have seen a few threads for builds for subs in the floor well behind the seats... just a though.
everything else sounds awesome.... and very exhausting at the same time.
I think it was you who mentioned the floor subs before and I've considered that, but I think I'd rather stay with something simpler and less intertwined with the car. It is a neat idea, though.

And yes, it sound exhausting here too. lol
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i have seen a few threads for builds for subs in the floor well behind the seats... just a thought. would save space.
everything else sounds awesome.... and very exhausting at the same time.
And one more thing. You said the place that sell you the leds have white, right? I'm thinking that I want to use white leds rather that blue.
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lol. you have storage mods going...
and what do i do? side exit exhaust!!!
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