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I am currently working on my new daily driver/shop truck. It is a 1985 Chevy M1028 CUCV. Basically a 1.25 ton 4WD diesel pickup. Part of my upgrades to this truck is to install a stereo system. This was a military truck so it did not come with a stereo. I really like listening to the radio and podcasts and tunes from my mp3 player so installing a stereo will be a great “comfort” feature. I did a stereo install on my K-10 in the past and I am very happy with the results so I am going to use some similar components for this install. Here is a list of components I am using:

Head unit: Alpine CDE-152 with KTP445A 45W amp

Speakers: Alpine SPR-60  6” speakers for doors and SPR 69 6X9 speakers for the back

Subwoofer: Rockville RW10CA 800W powered subwoofer

I also use 10 gauge speaker wire and some waterproof surroundings for the door speakers. All in all this equipment is about $600 in total. I fabricated some rear speaker mounts for the 6 X 9’s. Here is a link to the post that covers this. http://forums.whatsintheshop.com/post/1973-%E2%80%93-1987-chevy-gmc-pickup-fabricating-rear-speaker-mounting-brackets-allegany-county-ny-7626265?pid=1288826319

I started this install with the subwoofer. I will mount it to the back of the cab.

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Here is a pic of the subwoofer I used. I bought the installation kit which was well worth it for the extra $12.00 since we don't have an audio store nearby.
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Looks nice

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Subwoofer mounted to the back of the cab. I had to make an "L" bracket mount for the bottoms.

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The 6 X 9 speakers will be mounted in the cab corners. Notice the M-16 mounts.

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Fabricated cab corner speaker mount.

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Moving on with the stereo install. Just like on my K-10 I want to add some 6” speakers to the door. The doors on this truck are not set up for speakers so I will have to cut the doors. I use the cardboard templates provided with the speakers to layout the door. Next I drill the mounting holes and a hole so I can start the center cut. I use a pneumatic body saw to cut the door. This saw works great. I bought it from Harbor Freight about a five years ago and it has worked great. After the cut was complete I wanted to rustproof the inner part of the door. For this I will use Eastwoods heavy duty anti-rust part # 160172p. This is a wax/oil compound that is used for inner panels. This product is not designed for areas that are constantly exposed to the elements. Next I use a pneumatic right angle drill to drill the door and the cab for the speaker wire. I also outlined the dash for the head unit. See pics and captions below for more details.  

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Templates

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Use template to trace out door

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Drilled holes

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Use air body saw for cutting

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door cut

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use right angle air drill to cut holes for speaker wires
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here is the anti-rust and application gun I used for the inside of the doors

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Here is what the anti rust looks like dried in the door. It is waxy and works great for inner panels

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Next I outlined the dash to make a cut for the head unit.


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Ok let's finish this install. See attached pics and captions. This stereo worked out great. I like the sound of the diesel but having great tunes for a long ride is a big plus. This stereo has an aux input so you can use your mp3 player with it.

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stereo cutout complete

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I solder and use shrink tubing on all connections
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check out this mess. This is the wiring all hooked up so I could test everything before I mounted it for good. Having the seat out made this install a lot easier.
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water proof housing for door speakers. These are cheap and work good.

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Door speakers installed.

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Pictures of stereo installed. The subwoofer has a remote controller which is nice.
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Here is the antenna I used. It mounts to the inside of the windshield. It works out well since this truck did not come with a radio antenna.

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