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This is a discussion on Rear seat speaker panel removal. within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Jeff, I ended up buying a Badlanz cut out and i have tried it with a 12v hook up and ...

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    Jeff,

    I ended up buying a Badlanz cut out and i have tried it with a 12v hook up and it opens
    and closes real nice with the supplied switch. Seems pretty well made.

    I do figure on using the hole which you also appeared to have used so did you learn about
    the heat on the wire the hard way or did you think of the protection before any damage?

    If i do use this hole... where does it appear on the inside? It looks to be under the rear seats
    so is there any trick to getting them out before i get chance to get the cover off the car to
    take a look?

    Where did you mount your switch? I appear to have enough wire supplied to mount it near
    the trunk release button but i wonder where you went?

    As far as adjusting anything... Zero chance of that with the way it is all fixed in place but
    what is not apparent on the pic of mine is that due to the flattening of the turn down to ensure
    it clears the floor nicely it lost a lot of it's actual "turn down" and i do reckon it will fire more
    sideways than it looks in the picture! It is a QTP turn down and if i had not modified the way the
    curved tube mates to it's three bolt flange where it flares out i would have been able to, but not now!
    I was puzzled by the strange flare out where it offers the rotation so i ground it all away and
    welded the join. Sits on the gasket much better but no adjustment!! Suppose that is why the flare is
    there, to offer that very adjustment i have lost!?

    Great advice as always and i appreciate it!!

    Trev

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    I noticed after a week or two that my wires had been "warmed" by the cutout, so that is when I wrapped them.

    Pop out the seat bottom and the rubber plug is right there. It'll easily feed under the carpet to the center counsel. I mounted my switch in the ash tray to keep it stealth. Pulled power out of the fuse box on the driver side of the dash - just be sure to fuse it.

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    Thanks Jeff.

    I have already been advised where to hook up in the fuse box for the live
    and i will try and get onto the job today!

    The Badlanz kit is pretty good and it is a nice little rocker switch with an
    inline fuse already there.


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    Cutout is definitely one of my favorite additions to our car. I often run with it wide open around town and out on the interstate.

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    Spent the whole day doing stuff on the car....

    Wash, clay bay, wax... Once a year for the full deal.

    Other stuff took longer than expected but no surprise there!

    Jeff... i did get to looking around at the rear seats but for the life
    of me, i simply could not get one right out?! I pulled at the back
    of the bit you sit on and it came up past the bottom of the seat back
    but only so far and ending up with a really springy, wobbly hinge
    effect at the front of it? How do you go further and get the seat base
    completely removed to be able to mess around under there!?
    Didn't want to break anything......

    I did also have a look around at the ashtray area and happily there is
    quite a depth below, eh? This will suit as the switch has quite a
    length to it so the space will be good.

    Will have another play in the next couple of days.

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    I almost think there is a bolt or something below the front edge of the seat cushion... my car isn't at the house or I would go look.

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    There is a bolt at the front that you have to lift the cushion up a bit to see.
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    this little project is coming along nice, very nice
    you will love playing with the cutouts, I had QTP cutouts on my 13 Charger R/T and it was pretty fun. my youngest son that is 5 has asked me to turn down the T/A from time to time, thinking it was like the charger was, he cracks me up
    tips look nice and inside looks great

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    Quote Originally Posted by raynor139 View Post
    There is a bolt at the front that you have to lift the cushion up a bit to see.
    Thanks guys....

    Knew it had to be something pretty simple but i could not see anything.

    I'll get on it today hopefully.


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    Well....

    Managed to get the time today to get all of the wiring done
    on the cut out.

    I ended up putting the rocker switch in the ash tray.
    All i have to do there is measure up and laser out an acrylic
    plate to house the switch properly and secure it into place.

    Although i have fitted it all and it works.... I have still to have
    a listen as my neighbor was out side enjoying the sun with her
    daughter and the last thing they wanted was me "testing" my new toy!!!

    Tomorrow....


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    Got around to popping into work to use the laser machine
    for the panel to house the cut out rocker switch.

    Damn machine was having a funny five minutes and as you can
    see.... the "open" and "shut" are outlines. I wanted to "shade them in"
    to make them more positive but the machine was having none of it.

    Still pleased with the end result and it is a nice finish to the switch mounting.



    Now.... using the switch was a whole different thing. Bud at work says it sounds
    great and that was before i opened it! Once i opened it he just grinned.

    Job done.....


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    That looks great, I really like the Pontiac symbol next to he switch.

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    That looks great, nice and clean.

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    As normal speedyWS6, your craftsmanship is impeccable. I absolutely love the "stealth" approach of the switch. I try to do the same thing on my rides to give the appearance the car is all stock when gazing in through the window. Minus my 3 gauge a pillar, I have accomplished the stealth look also.
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    Very nice

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    Thanks guys...

    Means a lot!! I do try and turn out a job to a decent standard.

    Only job i have outstanding right now is the custom battery tray with
    the chemical absorbing mat.

    In the coming weeks i plan to replace what i suspect to be a UMI front
    shock brace with a nice oval stainless steel tubing version. Be a nice little
    project.

    A friend of mine has restored/modded a '55 karmann Convertible Beetle to
    a humongously high level and he wants me to make a billet aluminum third
    brake light which is detachable for when he shows it. Gonna involve wiring
    and electrics though.... NOT my strong suit!



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    I would love to get into doing so custom work
    My both door panels are cracked and might be a good time to use them as a practice run

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    Nice work on everything. Switch panel is over the top and really well done.

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    Hey Trev, I know we do a lot of talking outside these forums but, I have to post it here as well.
    Your work is incredible!!!! There truly isn't anything more I can say that hasn't already been said.

    Besides, all the work you've done for me, I can't thank you enough!! You've been a great and trusted friend!!!!
    CHEERS my good buddy
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