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looking to add a nice stereo to my 67 Firebird convertible but I don’t want to remove the factory radio or make obvious holes in the interior for speakers. Any suggestions ?
Also, the stereo in the car has a cassette player. Was this available in 67 or should it be a 8 track?
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Since you don't want to cut up the interior for speakers, you have to spend some cash.


No cassette players in 1967. Period. If you want to remain "vintage", get a functional 8-Track and purchase a Cassette Adapter:

There are vintage looking stereos with modern features you can purchase,

or, some mount a modern stereo in the glove box or under drivers seat and use it's remote control. Speaking of mounting things where they don't belong, some folks place their speakers in little boxes on the floor in the rear or place them on the package tray (rear window shelf)

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I take issue with this because if they are not secured properly they become harmful projectiles in a car accident.

One idea nobody seems to bring up is forgetting about the stereo all together. Some pay $600 for a vintage looking radio with modern features and then just connect their phone over Bluetooth and stream music through the system. In this case, you don't need the head unit at all. Keep what's there, preferably a broken 8-Track. Pick up a Bluetooth enabled Automotive/Marine amplifier.

Connect it to battery & ground, install a toggle switch somewhere for it's "turn-on" wire, wire up the speakers, done. If just installing 2 speakers, you're looking at a total of 7 wires. Positive and negative for each speaker, the positive and negative supply for the amplifier, and a jumper wire with toggle switch on it to go between the battery (+) connection on the amp and the "remote turn on" connection. Normally, this "jumper wire" would go to the back of the radio to a wire that powers amplifiers or power antennas. It's a +12v signal, so, just bridging 12v from the amps power connection does the trick. Just flip a switch. Toggle switches are very Retro.

I'm not endorsing any product or website but I will say Crutchfield is reputable. Do your own homework, make contact with sellers and feel them out if need be.

Good Luck!
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