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UBL: 72 Chevelle System Fix - Worst install (by a shop) ever - REDO - 99.9% done 6/15/13

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So my good friend of 30yrs stops by because he just got his car back from a local shop and it don't sound very good. He want's me to toss my DD-1 on it and clean it up some. So i am like, bring it over. Within 5 minutes, i realized there is nothing i can do for it other then re-do it. It was so bad, i really have a hard time believing a shop did it. Anyway, he just swapped in the 6.0, has some 6 piston Corvette brakes on the way, so this car has potential to be pretty legit......but the system. UHHHGGGG. I stopped the Honda project for a week or two while i square this away for him. Already tore everything out, ordered brand new Rockford Fosgate T3 mids/highs (2 sets) and a new Rockford Fosgate 3sixty.3. He already has a Punch 1000.1, Punch 400.2 and Punch 200.2. The bass amp runs 2 P3 15's in a bandpass box with a custom 1/4" plexi window. The mids and high amps were just running all sorts of random speakers. I will re do everything, go fully active using Lows (1000), Midrange (400.2) and tweet (200.2).....the way it should have been. Not gonna say the shops name, but the owner (of the car) is so fucking pissed he ripped out the amp rack right in front of me as soon as he saw the rats nest.....he is LIVID.

Here is the car. He paid 5 RACKS to have this installed.

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Like i said, he was so pissed when he saw the rats nest buried under the rack, he ripped it to shreds right in front of me before i could get pics of it LOL. Moke is not a small guy either.

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This was buried behind the worst kick panel cover i have ever seen. Forgot to take a pic of it but i will add it later. These by-nines were held in by BUTYL and some silicone sealant. Some of the screw heads werent even in the mounting holes. Picture the head of the screw just hanging on for dear life on the SIDE of the speaker...that's what i found on the driver side. Oh, the new RF mid didn't have a tweet.....wonder where that went.

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CUSTOM Door pods. LOL

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Here is part of the amp rack on the floor. This is where the punch 1000 goes...it had custom cooling installed. That sweet fan BEHIND the amp was so effective, i might have to do that to one of my rides haha

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My assistant Jaybird loves oldschools......he is moving it to the other end of the shop. Time to get the fix on!

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The equipment isn't bad, the install is highly questionable.

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Distribution blocks feeding fuse holders going out to more distribution blocks......all sorts of random wire and the CHEAPEST fucking RCA's ever. Probably cost .50 cents. Probably got charged $20 bucks each. I cut them out of the car along with the rest of the bullshit.

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Ok we removed the door panels, they are getting replaced with brand new ones...but look what was behind them.

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I stopped by his house to show him the progress pics and he told me that THESE were in the kick panels, another shop had installed them and they never sounded good...so they sold him some Fosgates, because "that" should fix it.

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Nice tweeter placement. FTW!

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Ok back to the new kick panels. Time to make the screens.

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Had to do a little rabbit on the speaker grill to clear the speaker. Its tighter then it looks in there :D

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Like a puzzle piece. This top one will be covered in black speaker cloth.

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Neo magnets hold the speaker cover on. This thing snaps into place NICE. I love these things :D

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Most of the new product is in! Rockford Fosgate T3 Mids/highs, wire, terminals and a 3sixty.3. I spent ALL DAY glassing and grinding so hopefully by tomorrow i can drop these in! I hope!

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Time to drop in some kitty-hair and make the two pieces join together at the tip of the plastic piece. Notice the "rebar"? Even though the kitty hair is basicly self reinforcing, i wanted just a little more help to anchor it down to something so it won't just crack and fall off.



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after grinding down the fiberglass strip used to join the baffle to the plastic, i added some Flex Fill (flexible fiiller, hence the name :D) because typical body filler does not stick to plastic very well at all. This stuff DOES.

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A little primer to find my flaws and get this thing as good as it can be.


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I took this picture to show that the panel doesn't take up that much space at all. It is actually rather low profile for how big these panels are. Especially once i put the screen on.

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this is a UBL (uninterrupted build thread)...no talk just pics...

click here to leave a comment or join the public discussion!

http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/topic/166901-72-chevelle-system-fix-worst-install-by-a-shop-ever-ripped-out-new-kicks-started-41713/

thanks! :):D

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