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tonka
07-07-2010, 11:04 PM
Well recently with the help of others on this site, I have decided to install a set of Alpine 6.5" Type S speakers in the doors of my 88 chevy pickup. Now, if you are familiar with the 88 chevys, you know that the doors dont have any OEM speaker locations, but they do have a vast flat empty space you could fit a 6x9 in if you were willing to spend more money than me. Now for anyone who was fallowing my other thred "looking to upgrade my 4x6's" you know I was planning to just hook up the 6.5's to my head unit. Well I have a better solution. My friend recently got a small 2 channle amp and he gave it to me. I tested it and it works fine. I have started drwing up my plan on my door. For my spacers (which will need to be about as deep as the speakers) I plan on only using MDF and just sanding it down really smooth and paint them, should look fine. Here is some pics of what I have to work with.

New amp and one of the Alpine 6.5 Type S speakers
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs057.snc4/35228_141941492486838_100000129656943_438683_82855 87_n.jpg

Door
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs037.ash2/35228_141941505820170_100000129656943_438686_68821 25_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs037.ash2/35228_141941509153503_100000129656943_438687_37029 31_n.jpg

trying to figure out where the speaker should go
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs040.snc4/34356_141941665820154_100000129656943_438693_62254 98_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs020.snc4/34356_141941672486820_100000129656943_438695_25346 10_n.jpg

Seeing how thick the spacers will need to be
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs020.ash2/34356_141941689153485_100000129656943_438700_59109 84_n.jpg

Drwing the blue print. Each corner of the square is the screw hole for the speaker.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs066.ash2/36651_141941765820144_100000129656943_438702_65551 38_n.jpg

And the link to my previous thred if you are interested
http://www.caraudio.com/forum/speakers/481342-looking-up-grade-my-4x6s.html

DBBOOM
07-07-2010, 11:37 PM
Glass up the pocket, recover it with vinyl and mount them there. Angle them slightly up and back. Or you could just add a set of kick-panel pods and be done.

tonka
07-07-2010, 11:53 PM
kick pods are out of the question. couldnt use my parking break if I had them and they are way too expencive for my budget. I already had the 6.5's from a previous system I built and took them out when I sold the car. No eperience with fiber glass and dont know anyone who dose and are willing to help. still not shure how I'm gong to atatch the spacers to the door though, I'd like it to be a sealed enclosure.

keep_hope_alive
07-09-2010, 11:43 PM
i'd just build a surface mount enclosure on the door that is mounted directly to the door metal (maybe even vented into the door). or at least align the magnet with the door opening. you want at least 1/2" behind the magnet.

tonka
07-12-2010, 09:06 PM
I'd prefer to build it as a sealed enclosure. I'm still having trouble deciding where I want to mount the speaker though, I'd really like to mount it in the pocket but I'm just not shure how with MDF or the slope at the bottom of the pocket. The project has been put on hold though as money is extreemly tight right now. I'm currently looking foir a 2nd gob after my 9AM-7PM job. Probly from 7:15PM-10:00PM or later so time will soon be cut short too. unfortunetly this may end up in the projects I wanted to do book :(