Pennock's Fiero Forum
  General Fiero Chat
  Fiero sound system upgrades

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Email This Page to Someone! | Printable Version


next newest topic | next oldest topic
Fiero sound system upgrades by Cajun Road Warrior
Started on: 01-15-2021 12:31 AM
Replies: 19 (489 views)
Last post by: Australian on 02-24-2021 07:17 AM
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-15-2021 12:31 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I bought my 87 GT in August of 2019. Since then I can't leave it alone. I made lots of little upgrades to the drive train.
The stock sound system leaves much to be desired so I stated making changes.
My car came with a Pioneer head unit and aftermarket speakers. I discovered Pontiac offered a factory subwoofer so I bought one on Ebay.
It had a Boss 4" subwoofer and it was an okay subwoofer for it's size. I powered it with a Kicker 250 watt amp.
After a weekend of hard playing during the Cruising the Coast event it eventually gave up the ghost.
Exhaustive searches led me to the Tang Band 5.25" subwoofer. I made a wooden adapter to fit the subwoofer to the factory box.
I hammered that little subwoofer for months and it never failed.

As with any tinkerer I just can't leave swell enough alone. My sound system has come a long way and here is where my journey began.

Below is my stock interior with my little factory sub box and my TangBand sub.


I looked at some 10" touch screen head units on ebay and wondered if I could make on work in a Fiero.


Figuring out what to do with the vents and climate control took some thought.


Here is where I began the mods to the center pod.




This is where it gets real ugly. I had to relocate the climate control and redesign the air vents.

First test fit.

Now for some supports.

and reshaping the airduct.

now that the control is mounted time for the vents.

I started with the vents from a 88 though 94 Chevy/GMC truck.
This was not easy by any stretch. Lots of cutting and gluing small parts.

didn't turn out half bad.



Now time for mounting the head unit.

and mounting the vents

Now that the hard stuff is done it's time to make it pretty.
I used Nason black base and clear for all the trim panels.


While I was at it I also shortened the shifter. A little cutting and welding and done.


If you look to the right you will see something else I made, That is a custom fiberglass subwoofer enclosure I made.
In it is a 6.75" high powered subwoofer made by Amper Audio. I'll get into those details next....
IP: Logged
PFF
System Bot
Frenchrafe
Member
Posts: 148
From: Locmiquelic France
Registered: Feb 2017


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-15-2021 03:15 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FrenchrafeClick Here to Email FrenchrafeSend a Private Message to FrenchrafeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Interesting...
I saw your video on Youtube yesterday for this conversion.
You certainly don't have any worries with modifying the center consol!
(Some would here I bet! But it's your car to do what you want with.)

I like the touchscreen but since I already have a screen (smartphone), I just wanted Bluetooth capacity with the existing sound setup:
https://youtu.be/GYB39Ru_AXI

Regards,
Rafe

------------------
"Turbo Slug" - '87 Fiero GT. 3800 turbo. Sticky tyres. Driven hard!
https://www.youtube.com/cha...1wZvWQlkYxTjivW_0XNg

IP: Logged
Australian
Member
Posts: 4386
From: Sydney Australia
Registered: Sep 2004


Feedback score: (3)
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-15-2021 04:14 AM Click Here to See the Profile for AustralianClick Here to visit Australian's HomePageClick Here to Email AustralianSend a Private Message to AustralianEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I am looking at things like tesla screens as have an rx300 with air con controls. Wondering how much screen you can fit in there in 2021.

[This message has been edited by Australian (edited 01-15-2021).]

IP: Logged
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-15-2021 08:39 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by Frenchrafe:

Interesting...
I saw your video on Youtube yesterday for this conversion.
You certainly don't have any worries with modifying the center consol!
(Some would here I bet! But it's your car to do what you want with.)

I like the touchscreen but since I already have a screen (smartphone), I just wanted Bluetooth capacity with the existing sound setup:
https://youtu.be/GYB39Ru_AXI

Regards,
Rafe


It's all a bunch of old brittle plastic so I really didn't think much of cutting it up.
This car wasn't in mint condition so I'm not too concerned about keeping everything pristine and original.

I was looking for a little contemporary look to the only 80's interior.
I figured the large screen fun so perfectly in the bezel I had to go through with it.
The only issue was the top of the head unit is just a little wider than the bottom.
Not much of an issue since the vinyl is flexible enough to permit this.
I then used a piece of acrylic to make the upper bezel
IP: Logged
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-15-2021 10:19 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by Australian:

I am looking at things like tesla screens as have an rx300 with air con controls. Wondering how much screen you can fit in there in 2021.




It would be interesting to blend-in modern technology into the 80's interior. Given the blocky shapes of the Fiero I'm sure larger screens in a vertical position could be made to look real good. A touchscreen interface could be made to work with an arduino to control the actuators for the climate control. We would just have to make new vents behind the screen.

------------------
Paul R. Mechancal Designer.
Projects: 1987 GT
1988 Chevy Stepside Reg cab. Scratch built Serpentine accessory drive. Offenhauser Cross ram Dual TBI.

[This message has been edited by Cajun Road Warrior (edited 01-15-2021).]

IP: Logged
fierobear
Member
Posts: 27026
From: Stuck in the People's Republic of Kalifornia
Registered: Aug 2000


Feedback score: (2)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 383
Rate this member

Report this Post01-17-2021 04:39 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierobearClick Here to Email fierobearSend a Private Message to fierobearEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Very clever idea, especially the vent rework.

I have some similar ideas for using a Raspberri Pi as a head unit. We'll see how that goes.
IP: Logged
Wichita
Member
Posts: 19175
From: Wichita, Kansas
Registered: Jun 2002


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 320
Rate this member

Report this Post01-17-2021 10:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for WichitaClick Here to Email WichitaSend a Private Message to WichitaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Has anybody actually tried to run the climate controls via an infotainment system or touch screen pad?

IP: Logged
IMSA GT
Member
Posts: 8923
From: Smogfornia
Registered: Aug 2007


Feedback score:    (6)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 243
Rate this member

Report this Post01-17-2021 11:15 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Sorry to sidetrack this a little but what's going on here?

[This message has been edited by IMSA GT (edited 01-17-2021).]

IP: Logged
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-18-2021 08:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by IMSA GT:

Sorry to sidetrack this a little but what's going on here?






You mean this old thing? It's just another of one of my 80's things. 1988 Chevy

[This message has been edited by Cajun Road Warrior (edited 01-18-2021).]

IP: Logged
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-18-2021 08:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by Wichita:

Has anybody actually tried to run the climate controls via an infotainment system or touch screen pad?


I'm sure it's been done. I've seen just about everything imaginable done to a Fiero... even some dreadfully tasteless things too unfortunately. lol
IP: Logged
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-18-2021 08:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Cajun Road Warrior

47 posts
Member since Sep 2010
 
quote
Originally posted by fierobear:

Very clever idea, especially the vent rework.

I have some similar ideas for using a Raspberri Pi as a head unit. We'll see how that goes.


That would be awesome to see. A 10" screen fits perfect in the center console.
IP: Logged
PFF
System Bot
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-18-2021 08:53 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I'm in the process of adding some red to my interior. I decided to try some new seats.
I'll later re upholster my old seats when money allows. I want an Indy Fiero like interior.

IP: Logged
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-18-2021 09:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
IP: Logged
IMSA GT
Member
Posts: 8923
From: Smogfornia
Registered: Aug 2007


Feedback score:    (6)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 243
Rate this member

Report this Post01-20-2021 10:27 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by Cajun Road Warrior:
You mean this old thing? It's just another of one of my 80's things. 1988 Chevy




Very nice.
IP: Logged
fierobear
Member
Posts: 27026
From: Stuck in the People's Republic of Kalifornia
Registered: Aug 2000


Feedback score: (2)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 383
Rate this member

Report this Post01-22-2021 01:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierobearClick Here to Email fierobearSend a Private Message to fierobearEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by Cajun Road Warrior:


It would be interesting to blend-in modern technology into the 80's interior. Given the blocky shapes of the Fiero I'm sure larger screens in a vertical position could be made to look real good. A touchscreen interface could be made to work with an arduino to control the actuators for the climate control. We would just have to make new vents behind the screen.


I have a similar idea, but I’m looking into putting the vents in the aux gauge pod, since voltage and oil pressure readouts would be on an electronic instrument panel.
IP: Logged
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-26-2021 07:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by fierobear:


I have a similar idea, but I’m looking into putting the vents in the aux gauge pod, since voltage and oil pressure readouts would be on an electronic instrument panel.


I seen that done and I considered going that rout but the air path is a little tricky. The other issue is finding or at least modifying vents to fit that shape

[This message has been edited by Cajun Road Warrior (edited 01-26-2021).]

IP: Logged
dremu
Member
Posts: 226
From: Livermore CA
Registered: Feb 2019


Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-26-2021 09:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for dremuClick Here to Email dremuSend a Private Message to dremuEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by Cajun Road Warrior:




You mean this old thing? It's just another of one of my 80's things. 1988 Chevy




What are the scoops? Are they something you can get from Summit or Jegs?

-- A
IP: Logged
Cajun Road Warrior
Member
Posts: 47
From: Patterson, Louisiana, USA
Registered: Sep 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post01-27-2021 07:50 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Cajun Road WarriorClick Here to Email Cajun Road WarriorSend a Private Message to Cajun Road WarriorEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by dremu:


What are the scoops? Are they something you can get from Summit or Jegs?

-- A


I bought those on ebay I think back in 2011
IP: Logged
Australian
Member
Posts: 4386
From: Sydney Australia
Registered: Sep 2004


Feedback score: (3)
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post02-22-2021 02:37 AM Click Here to See the Profile for AustralianClick Here to visit Australian's HomePageClick Here to Email AustralianSend a Private Message to AustralianEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Looks close to fitting.
IP: Logged
Australian
Member
Posts: 4386
From: Sydney Australia
Registered: Sep 2004


Feedback score: (3)
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post02-24-2021 07:17 AM Click Here to See the Profile for AustralianClick Here to visit Australian's HomePageClick Here to Email AustralianSend a Private Message to AustralianEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
https://www.aliexpress.com/...40830026124847_5&s=p
spinning 12.8" screen and it might fit. Automatic my hand would go through it in manual.

[This message has been edited by Australian (edited 02-24-2021).]

IP: Logged

next newest topic | next oldest topic

All times are ET (US)

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Back To Main Page

Advertizing on PFF | Fiero Parts Vendors
PFF Merchandise | Fiero Gallery | Ogre's Cave
Real-Time Chat | Fiero Related Auctions on eBay



Copyright (c) 1999, C. Pennock