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I want to remove my aftermarket radio and put in an original AM/FM Stereo. Of course the dash has been cut out for the newer radio, eliminating the plastic that supported the front of the original radio.

I've seen metal dash repair brackets available for Mustangs, but nothing for the F-body.

How can I repair this so I can put an original radio back in?
 

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Buy a install kit that has a "2-knob" plate. Glue and screw it into place. Or, make a plate that covers the opening, and drill the two "shaft" holes in it for the radio to mount. ...maybe use two plates, one behind dash and one in front. Let the compression of the mounting nuts on the radio's shafts sandwich everything in place.

There may be a pre-made kit to do this, just not something I've ever seen. Not hard to fabricate. Heck, use wood fornthe faceplate and add a little class to your interior. ;)

Good luck!
 

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Depending on the stereo you are installing Ebay has several different face\plates for sale now. The face plate itself should support the front and then just use a metal strap hanger type gizmo to attach the back to something sturdy. The old stereo's used to all have the metal strap in the back to support the rear of the stereo.

This is the face plate in my '78 with the Am/FM with 8-track in it.

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Here are some links to various faceplates.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1978-79-80-81-Firebird-Trans-Am-8-Track-Am-Fm-Radio-Bezel-/281951218924

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1970-77-Pontiac-Firebird-Trans-Am-Radio-Bezel-/330479485398

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-1979-Trans-Am-Firebird-Silver-Anniversary-Gray-Factory-Radio-Bezel-10009339-/152008349135

And the mounting strap:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-18-UNIVERSAL-CAR-STEREO-RADIO-DOOR-LOCK-SECURE-BACK-STRAP-MOUNTING-BRACKET-/361083381100?hash=item54123f256c:g:hLYAAOSwY45UQA-l
 

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Or, as an alternative, get some thin epoxy resin & hardener. And some fiberglass cloth. You can make pretty much any shape you need with this stuff. When all work on it is finished, paint it to match.

This is for those who like doing it themselves.
 

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So, I did what 78T/A recommended and it seems good. The original bracket to support the rear of the radio was still in place so I could use that. New brackets are now available from Firebird Central if yours is missing. http://www.firebirdcentral.com/1978_1981_Firebird_Radio_Mounting_Support_Brace_p/das-2525.htm

The front of the radio seems to be well supported by a new front bezel I also bought from Firebird Central.

http://www.firebirdcentral.com/1978_1981_Radio_Surround_Plastic_Bezel_OE_Style_p/das-2064.htm

I didn't have to build additional support or glue in a backplate to support the front, the bezel alone seems to do it. Several places sell new bezels, but they had the best price when I was looking.
 
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