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Old 16th-September-2019, 11:37 PM   #1
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To cut or to not cut the dash on my nova

So I need a radio in my Nova. My car has the aftermarket round auto meter guages see attached image of my guage set

I'm thinking about putting in a standard radio since I have no slot for an oem style radio.

What are your thoughts in my case would you just put a modern radio in, or get one of the retrosound ones?

I'm worried it would look out of place, but at the same time the guages modernize the car so maybe not.

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Old 16th-September-2019, 11:47 PM   #2
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Hi is your car more of a resto mod or is it in stock form. If it's been updated go with a modern style. If not they make nice choices for the stock looking radios. It is really personal preference...me I would put something that would compliment those gauges. BTW nice choice! What color lights are you using?
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Old 17th-September-2019, 12:02 AM   #3
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Old 17th-September-2019, 05:58 AM   #4
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Hi is your car more of a resto mod or is it in stock form. If it's been updated go with a modern style. If not they make nice choices for the stock looking radios. It is really personal preference...me I would put something that would compliment those gauges. BTW nice choice! What color lights are you using?
Well I have a zgate shifter and a pair of the summit racing bucket racing seats. Other than that interior is stock.

Outside will be dark blue or grey, with blacked out bumpers and gunmetal 17s, and will soon be tubed and have a 4 link rear

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Old 17th-September-2019, 07:33 AM   #5
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After your description it would most likely look better with a modern stereo. Sounds like a nice car Enjoy no matter what you choose. Remember you have to like it and be happy. Does it make a difference what others think...to a point. Ultimately it's your ride make it your own as you have done already
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Old 17th-September-2019, 10:22 AM   #6
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If youre worried about cutting your dash, I put my aftermarket stereo in the glovebox on my VW Bug and have the OEM radio in the stock location.
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Old 17th-September-2019, 12:13 PM   #7
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Since you are asking for opinions I would say nothing wrong with putting a modern stereo in that aftermarket dash. I would try to find something to compliment the gauges you already have installed.
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Old 17th-September-2019, 03:13 PM   #8
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You will have a BUNCH of better choices with an aftermarket. Retrosound only offers so much.

A pet peeve of mine is I have cut out many a panel to put in a DIN style radio which is what you will probably be doing and on these installs you basically cut out a rectangular hole, slide in a mounting cage, bend some metal tabs to secure the cage to the dash opening and then slide the radio into the cage from the front and when fully seated will clip and lock into the cage. You then have the nose of the radio sticking out some and then a trim ring is installed onto the nose of the radio. While this looks decent one can do better.
By cutting a smaller opening in the dash, you can bring the radio up from behind to where now the nose or front of the radio is flush with the front surface of the opening. This will require some fabrication of some side supports to hold the radio in place but to me doing it this way makes the install look so much cleaner.

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Old 17th-September-2019, 03:55 PM   #9
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What about something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/BOSS-Audio-MG...8750051&sr=8-3
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https://www.amazon.com/Planet-Audio-...6HR001Y6QNFZGG
It would match the round gauges, and at this point you have a literal blank canvas to play with.
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Old 19th-September-2019, 08:37 PM   #10
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Im all about having the dash look original. So the first one I did in my 64 nova I mounted it in the glove box. That works good and easy access to the face for changing CDs, but you sacrifice the glove box space.
The second one I did in my 70 lemans I bought a marine radio with wired remote and mounted the radio in the trunk. then ran the wiring for the remote through the trunk, under the carpet then came out under the console. This works better for me but you have to stop the car and open the trunk to change a CD.
Here is what I have now.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/AM-FM-MPX-I...YAAOSwGXpa14Kd


I think this is what I would use if I were doing it today.
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Old 19th-September-2019, 11:49 PM   #11
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I'd recommend a modern stereo for your situation, you'll have a lot more options for a lot less money than a RetroSound. The reason to spend the extra $ on a RS would be to utilize existing holes and retain a stock appearance, which you don't need to worry about.
I've recently heard of guys who don't have ahead unit at all, and instead run their smartphone or tablets directly to an amp under the dash that powers the speakers.

That said, I splurged on a RetroSound Hermosa in my bone stock interior 75, and it looks right at home with the period correct knobs. I'd recommend it to anyone trying to keep things looking factory.
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I went modern in mine and I think it looks just fine. I have the original dash in mine which I like and the stereo is kind of hidden in the original location down on the right of the steering wheel. I do like my interior to look like it did back in 73 so I understand where you are coming from. My dash was already cut so it didn't matter and I do also have a untouched original dash if I ever want to go back to a stock radio.
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