A client from Chilliwack recently contacted the team at Certified Autosound and Security to inquire about adding a stereo system to his restored 1954 Ford F-100 pickup truck. A member of our sales team inspected the vehicle and talked to the client about the type of music he liked and how loud he wanted to listen to it. After auditioning several audio products in our showroom, we came up with a plan to create a simple high-power audio system that would look great and sound awesome.
Kenwood Radio and Rockford Amplifier
The project started with the removal of the interior of the vehicle so we could apply a layer of SQL Soundmat damping material to reduce noise and vibrations. We ran Stinger power wire to the battery and speaker wire and 4000-series interconnects from the glove box to the area under the seat.
Our fabrication team created a mounting panel for a Kenwood KDC-X303 single-DIN CD receiver that mounts behind the glove box opening. This location puts the radio within reach of the driver while maintaining the classic look of the vehicle’s interior.
Next, we installed a Rockford Fosgate T400X4ad four-channel amplifier under the seat. This four-channel amp is rated to produce up to 100 watts of power from each channel. When configured as a three-channel amp, it will deliver an impressive 200 watts to the system’s subwoofer.
Custom JL Audio Speaker Installation
The fabrication team set to work on creating custom kick panel mounts for a set of JL Audio C2-650x 6.5-inch coaxial speakers. The panels include a small build-out to let the speaker sit nicely in the front corners of the truck. The panels are finished in black vinyl. Of course, our team took the time to conceal all the mounting hardware for the panels for the cleanest, tidiest look.
For a subwoofer, the client chose a Rockford Fosgate R2SD2-10 10-inch shallow-mount driver. We mounted the driver in a Q-Power shallow enclosure and installed the system under the bench seat. The subwoofer faces down so dust and debris can’t sit in the cone and cause rattles.
Classic Ford Truck Stereo System Upgrade
With the gear installed, we finished the project by setting the crossovers and level controls on the amplifier to work with the Kenwood radio, JL Audio speakers and Rockford sub. When the client returned to Certified Autosound and Security to hear the system, he was thrilled with the sound and loved the way everything looked.
If you are looking for a stereo system for your classic vehicle, drop by our location in Chilliwack, Maple Ridge or Abbotsford. You can also reach us by phone or by using the e-mail form on our website.