How I Did It
I took the dash and converted it into a sound stage-left side, right side, and center. Once I fabricated the speakers into the original dash, I then fiberglassed and marbleized. To achieve the best sound possible, equalizers were installed into the back of the seats.
The original computer display, located in the center console, was relocated to the passenger side and replaced the dashpad. The original center console was modified with plexiglass to house the Alpine CVA 1005, Alpine DVD, Alpine sound-field processor, and audio control equalizer. The cup holder and ashtray are now an AMP voltage meter and AMP temperature gauges. Both pieces have been painted to match the car.
To make room for the enormous sound system, the soft top was removed. The concept was that the decklid would house the speakers. Once I found a hardtop, I had to fabricate special brackets for it to fit my car, as the hardtops did not come out until 1989.
The speaker was built to slide into the convertible trunk section. Two Optima batteries were located in the back section. A special seal was placed in the trunk area to prevent a fire hazard.
An amp rack was constructed behind the seats. I took the same basic concept as the new Corvettes and made a waterfall look. I fabricated wood around the seat and down the center console, then fiberglassed them. They were painted the same as the exterior of the car. The amps are protected by fuse holders. Also integrated into the system are purple neon lights that light up the back of the seats and the amp rack. The overall sound-system wattage is 2.350, and it draws about 250 amps of current at full power.-Terry DeVault