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Adding radio to 12v 544 444-544 1962

Hello,

I have done many stereo installations in old Volvos.

Here is what I recommend.

Get 1 of the Autosound or Retrosound head units. I prefer the version that has independently mounted switches. The head units are shorter and you don't have to worry about the wiper linkage hitting the back of the head unit or the wires.

The amplifiers in these head units are weak and IMHO, poor quality, but since I recommend an external amplifier, it doesn't matter. I prefer to mount the amplifier(s) in the trunk.

If you don't have to have the latest and greatest super expensive super high output amp, go with last years model or even the year before. I will shop around a little at some of the local car stereo shops and ask if they have any old stock. The price is always a lot lower for older stock as they want to clear the shelves or shop online.

I shop for speakers the same way. And speaking of speakers, you want to get speakers that can handle the power of the amp you choose. I bought the speakers, amplifier and speaker boxes all online for install I did.

When it comes to speaker installations, I HATE MAKING BIG HOLES IN ANY OF THE INTERIOR SHEET METAL AND INTERIOR PANELS!!

I prefer to use small prefab speaker boxes which are easily available and can be attached with screws to the interior so you don't have to make any large holes AND THE SOUND QUALITY IS SO MUCH BETTER.

For 2 speaker systems, I prefer to install a pair of 6"x9" 3 or 4 way speakers on the hat rack under the rear windshield pointed at area above the back of front seats at the ear level of the passengers.

If you want 4 speakers, I recommend a pair of 4" 2 way speakers for the front to be installed in some speaker enclosures that can be mounted under the dash that can be screwed to the kick panels and can be angled up to point towards the passengers.

Although it is way easier to run speaker and power wires along the sides of the interior, the wires invariably drop down onto the floor where they can be stepped on and damaged.

I prefer to run all connecting wires via the dead air space inside of the rocker panels when wires are needed to go to the rear speakers and rear mounted amplifier(s). It is a lot more work, but the wires are protected better and they are out of sight for a cleaner look.



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Eric
Hi Performance Automotive Service (formerly OVO or Old Volvos Only)
Torrance, CA 90502






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