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Speakers on a CN +2 convertible

PostPost by: scottswatches » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:25 am

My new to me 1969 +2 Convertible has a head unit fitted, but no speakers! I read on other threads about the stock place for speakers was the parcel shelf, but with the convertible they would be covered up by the tonneau cover.

The next obvious place is in the doors. Has anyone done this before? And what size speakers will fit? All help appreciated
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:55 am

Footwells, there are voids both right and left , ideal for speakers..

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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:58 am

Yes, done before (door card install) and looks awful IMHO. Best not to butcher the (very expensive and hence, valuable) door cards if you can help it.

In my car I have fitted speakers in the foot wells. To do this you have to cut holes in the inner panels but it's easy as they are paper thin.

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Hole cut


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Trial fit & fettle


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Finished article


The pictures are of the passenger footwell, but the driver side is in the same position. The accelerator pedal and your right foot will not catch it as there's a good gap between it and the pedal.

These are 6.5 inch Panasonic coaxial speakers but maybe for you a slightly different setup with remote tweeters mounted on the door cards or on the dash top (with double sided sticky tape) would allow you to hear it a bit better. Doesn't really matter. You're not going to hear much once you get going. For example, I have a very powerful and rather fine sounding 50Wx4 Pioneer mechless unit in my Plus 2 and the car noise easily drowns it out at speeds above 60mph.

Top tip: Use a vibrating cutting tool like a Bosch Mulitool to cut the panel. Makes very little mess and will not catch and tear the fibreglass like a reciprocating saw can.
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PostPost by: scottswatches » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:04 am

What a perfect answer! Totally agree that the sound quality isn't worth too much investment - my head unit is a vintage looking bluetooth ebay jobbie that was ?12 new! But some music will be nice

JonB wrote:Yes, done before and looks awful IMHO. Best not to butcher the (very expansive and hence, valuable) door cards if you can help it.

In my car I have fitted speakers in the foot wells. To do this you have to cut holes in the inner panels but it's easy as they are paper thin.

IMG_5970.jpg


IMG_5971.jpg


IMG_5972.jpg


These are 6.5 inch Panasonic coaxial speakers but maybe for you a slightly different setup with remote tweeters mounted on the door cards would allow you to hear it a bit better. Doesn't really matter. You're not going to hear anything once you get going (I know - I have 50Wx4 in my Plus 2 and the car noise drowns it out at speeds above 60mph).
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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:20 am

Good job it's only ?12. I've heard that they are utterly rubbish.

The unit in my car is a ?50 Pioneer like this one https://www.halfords.com/technology/car ... deh-s420bt but an earlier model.

I thought the red back lighting and white lettering of the display looked wrong in the 47 year old Elan, so I modified the front panel with amber LEDs and a yellow film. It now looks a bit more in period with the dash instrument lighting.

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By the way here is my original question about front speakers. You can see that some people said I shouldn't do it but I'm with you on this one - I'd like a choice of music or engine sound.

viewtopic.php?t=40932&p=322911

There are some more pictures of my installation there.
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