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By Wayne Cook, Photography by Wayne Cook
Modified Mustangs & Fords
August 17, 2010
Once the seat back has been moved out of the way it's possible to remove the rear package tray from the vehicle as you see here.
Once the seat back has been moved out of the way it's possible to remove the rear package
Setting the package tray bottom side up on our work surface we see the previously made scribe lines. A small pilot hole is drilled first and then a jigsaw is used to cut out the speaker openings. Ensure you have sufficient clearance underneath while cutting.
Setting the package tray bottom side up on our work surface we see the previously made scr
We placed a speaker grille carefully centered over the opening and used it as a template to locate the required openings for the four mounting fasteners.
We placed a speaker grille carefully centered over the opening and used it as a template t
The package tray was reinstalled into the car and we dropped the two speaker grilles into place, being sure they fit correctly. Inside the trunk we installed the speakers over the fasteners hanging down from within the passenger compartment. Installing a nut on each fastener, our helper inside the car tightened everything down with a Phillips head screwdriver, securing the speakers into position.
The package tray was reinstalled into the car and we dropped the two speaker grilles into
The speaker wiring is connected to the proper speaker terminals and then routed to the passenger side of the car. We used tie-wraps to tidy up the speaker wire routing so it wouldn't become entangled with items put into the trunk. The wires were next routed out of the trunk alongside the back seat between the seat bottom and trim panel along the doorsill area (under the doorsill trim) to the right front seat location where they'll be connected to the receiver.
The speaker wiring is connected to the proper speaker terminals and then routed to the pas
The power, ground, and speaker output wires are all combined into one simple plug. Here we make the connection in preparation for the final positioning of the receiver.
The power, ground, and speaker output wires are all combined into one simple plug. Here we
At this point we accomplished all of the speaker wire connections. To avoid any problems down the road we got our trusty Weller soldering gun and soldered all connections. Once they were complete, we covered every juncture with shrink wrap. We ran our 12-volt hot lead directly from the fuse box and accomplished our ground connection with an existing fastener on the underside of the dashboard, running our wires underneath the carpeting directly to the receiver unit.
At this point we accomplished all of the speaker wire connections. To avoid any problems d
The Custom Autosound kit includes fasteners for hard mounting of the receiver unit to your mounting location. We decided that a trip to the hardware store for industrial strength Velcro might make for a suitable alternative mounting arrangement. The hook side of our Velcro made a solid grip on the carpeting during our testing and we decided that this was the way we would go for mounting the unit. Affixing two large pieces to the underside of the case got the job done and keeps the unit in place easily. After orienting the receiver so that the accessory plugs faced forward we accomplished the final positioning of our Secretaudio unit.
The Custom Autosound kit includes fasteners for hard mounting of the receiver unit to your
We decided to use the swivel mounting bracket included with the kit, as opposed to the flush-mount bezel arrangement. Rather than use a fastener at each end of the bracket as provided for, we mounted it to the underside of the dashboard using just one fastener at the center of the bracket. In this way it would be able to swivel in all directions, left and right, as well as up and down. Here we attach the LCD to the bracket using the provided thumb screws.
We decided to use the swivel mounting bracket included with the kit, as opposed to the flu
Once the LCD unit was in place it was a simple matter to complete the cable connection to the LCD unit, as seen here. We concealed the cable as it ran beneath the glovebox along the base of the dash. We were left with about 6 feet of extra wire.
Once the LCD unit was in place it was a simple matter to complete the cable connection to
To access the exterior antenna lead and also to find a place to conceal the extra cable, we removed the passenger side kick panel. Here's the LCD cable end, which we routed underneath the carpeting toward the receiver unit.
To access the exterior antenna lead and also to find a place to conceal the extra cable, w
Once our LCD cable and antenna leads were routed to our satisfaction we simply completed the connections as seen here. All leads coming from the unit are clearly labeled so there's no chance of making any of the connections incorrectly.
Once our LCD cable and antenna leads were routed to our satisfaction we simply completed t
This little box is the receiver for the RF remote control. The small orange wire is the antenna for receiving command signals from the handheld remote. Although mounting ears are provided, once again we decided to use a different attachment method and used double-sided tape, which we are applying to the receiver here.
This little box is the receiver for the RF remote control. The small orange wire is the an
Here the receiver is affixed to the main unit. As you can see the lead for the RF receiver is right at hand and this connection was accomplished to complete the RF remote installation.
Here the receiver is affixed to the main unit. As you can see the lead for the RF receiver
At this point we installed the provided thumb drive into the USB-style input. As we have already discussed, there are inputs for every sort of source we can imagine. The thumb drive comes from Custom Autosound loaded with information about the Secretaudio system, and the company's other available systems as well, to view on your computer. There are also sample tracks of music for you to enjoy and use to test out your new stereo right away. Once you've heard what's on the thumb drive you can delete the contents and use the drive to store several CD's worth of music. Of course, once you connect an iPod then you'll have almost infinite capacity. You can also purchase USB extension cables at any computer supply/electronics store to place your source connections in an easier to reach location, such as a glovebox or console so you don't have to plug your MP3 player in under a seat or in the trunk.
At this point we installed the provided thumb drive into the USB-style input. As we have a
Here's the LCD unit up and running. As you can see the screen is clearly visible even in bright light, making it easy to read in almost any condition. The screen is also easy to read at night. There's not much that shows and that's why they call it Secretaudio. As you can see by using one central hole and fastener to hang the mounting bracket instead of the two provided at each end, we were able to have the display swivel toward the driver.
Here's the LCD unit up and running. As you can see the screen is clearly visible even in b
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