Monte Carlo Stereo Installation

Moving along on the Monte Carlo project! Since the interior is just about complete, it was time to install the stereo. I wanted to get this done before putting in the new carpet in and taking the chance of making it dirty while messing around with the electronics. I’m sure it will get dirty anyway but I didn’t want it to happen before I started using the car.

The first thing I did was order all the equipment. Below is what I ordered.

JVC KD-R330 Head Unit


Pioneer TS-A403 4×10 Speakers

Scosche Dash Install Kit

There were no speakers in this car at all, nothing in the doors, nothing in the dash, and nothing in the rear deck. I decided to put the 4×10’s in the rear deck and just run those two speakers since there were no mounting points for the doors and the 6×9’s I purchased would not fit in the dash location. There were speaker wires already run to the rear of the car for an old speaker box that must’ve been installed, so I reused them and just put small crimp connectors on the wires to connect the speakers. I had to drill holes for the speaker bolts in the rear deck since there were no mounting points in the car. It seems that there were never any speakers in the car at all. I’m sure it came with the center dash speaker from the factory but it was missing.

Rear Deck Speakers 1979 Monte Carlo

Rear 4×10’s Mounted

Connection To 4x10's

Connection To 4×10’s

Crimp Connectors From Speakers To Existing Wire

Crimp Connectors From Speakers To Existing Wire

After getting the rear speakers mounted, I installed the wiring harness that came with the radio. I tapped into the existing fuse block that was under the driver’s side dash to get the power and switching that was needed to get the radio working properly. There were 3 ports that I needed to get working from the fuse box. The ignition switch wire, this plugged into the ign part of the fuse box. I also used this wire for the illumination of the radio since I did not want to tap into the lighting. There was the battery connection which got plugged into the bat section of the fuse box. I also had to tap into an existing ground that was close to the fuse box for the ground wire to get connected to. The radio wiring was completely gone from this car so it was all done manually which actually made it easier, the only leftover radio parts from the factory was the antenna connector.

 

The Wires That Are Coming Out Of The Box Are What I've Added

The Wires That Are Coming Out Of The Box Are What I’ve Added

Head Unit Wiring Harness

Head Unit Wiring Harness

Wiring Harness Hooked UP

Wiring Harness Hooked UP

Once the radio harness was all connected, I tested the radio to make sure it worked properly and only with the ignition switch in the on position. Everything was good. I then took the Scosche Dash kit and connected it to the open spot for the radio. It was not a direct fit since it was for an 82 or better GM vehicle but I was able to get it to fit in the space. I then took the freshly painted radio faceplate and connected the existing cigarette lighter. This was connected by unscrewing the body from the actual lighter and installing the lighter into the faceplate and then screwing the body on behind it. I put the two screws in and this was the end result. Not too bad for parts that were not meant to fit there!

Scosche Kit Installed

Scosche Kit Installed

The Cigarette Lighter Unscrews

The Cigarette Lighter Unscrews

The Front Of The Cigarette Lighter Slides Into The Radio Plate And The Back Screws Onto It

The Front Of The Cigarette Lighter Slides Into The Radio Plate And The Back Screws Onto It

Finished Product! That's A Freshly Painted Radio Plate.

Finished Product! That’s A Freshly Painted Radio Plate.

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