A new client from Canby, Oregon, came to Kingpin Car & Marine Audio looking to upgrade in his beautiful 1966 Chevelle stereo system. He had heard great things about us and chose us based on our reputation and his unique requirements for the project. He wanted the vehicle to have an over-the-top installation but wanted it to be easily serviced.
We have all heard about custom work done in classic cars that looks incredible, but when the time comes to change a tail-light bulb, it might take all day because the trunk of the vehicle is so hard to disassemble. This client was speaking our language, as one of the hallmarks of our builds is easy serviceability.
The Most Important Aspect Of The Build: Initial Consultation
We spent significant time with the client, going over the vehicle from front to back, and then sitting down together and discussing goals. One of the unique differences with Kingpin is that we view our customers as clients, and our work on a vehicle as a project. This method ensures that each and every client is getting exactly what they want in their vehicle, and it allows us to build lasting relationships based on trust.
Once we gathered all of our information, we worked up a proposal and presented it to the client. He liked our idea, and we set an installation date.
Smartphone Source Unit
One of the trends that we are seeing more and more is the use of a smartphone as the musical source in vehicles. This client stores and streams all of his music from his iPhone, so we made it his source unit. We extracted the digital music out of his phone and delivered it to an Audison Bit10D processor. One important note is that we use a line driver to boost the voltage coming out of his iPhone, as it has a very low signal level. The quality of the signal is good, but it needed a stronger signal for us to have a low noise floor and get him the output he needs.
Maximizing The Equipment Audio Potential With Audison DSP
We installed the Bit10D controller in a custom mount in the dash where the stock radio would normally reside, which gives him control over volume, balance, fader and two different custom equalization curves. The processor let us create an equalization curve for each of the six speakers, set digital delay for the best sound-staging across the front of the dash and set crossover points. When a processor like a Bit10D is placed in the hands of a master tuner like Kingpin Car & Marine Audio, the end results are incredible. It no longer sounds like you are sitting in a 1966 Chevelle. You feel like you are front and center at a live concert of your favorite band.
Hertz Speakers And Subwoofers For Detailed Sound
When it came time for speakers, we chose Hertz ECX165.5, 6.5” coaxes that we installed in the front doors and the rear deck. They are a very detailed-sounding speaker for the money and worked well for this project.
In the trunk, we installed two Hertz Ds250.3 10” subwoofers in a custom sealed box under the rear deck. They supply an almost limitless supply of accurate, hard-hitting bass to the music.
Hertz 5 Channel Amplifier Powers Entire Chevelle Stereo System
We used a Hertz HDP5 amplifier to power the system, supplying over 800 watts of clean power. Now, when the client wants to really crank up the volume, power will never be a concern.
Stage Three Trunk Build Is Magical
When you look at the pictures, you will see that a lot of the magic in this vehicle was in the trunk. That is because the client chose our Stage Three trunk buildout. Once the subwoofer enclosure is built, we design a false floor to hold cleaning supplies, jackets, etc., in a completely hidden location. Have you ever noticed that, after a classic car has a custom interior and trunk completed, there is no place to store essential items, not even a quart of oil? Our trunk design specifically addresses that need in a way that is completely hidden from the naked eye.
We designed a custom, pressed-metal grill to protect the amplifier, line driver and processor from harm while presenting them in a clean, classy look. The triangle-shaped panel in the center of the trunk is designed to hold a custom car club plaque, or anything else the client may desire.
All of this sounds great, but what about the magic? What if we told you that all of the trunk panels were so precisely made that not one screw is needed to hold them in place? Not one. This accomplishes two things for the client. First, he keeps up the value of the vehicle, since we modified nothing permanent in the trunk area. Second, the whole trunk can be disassembled in a matter of minutes with no hand tools – none. Zero. If he is out and about and notices he blew a rear parking light bulb, he simply finds a local auto parts store, buys the bulb and changes it in the parking lot himself, with nothing but his hands. Pretty incredible, huh? And, to make things even better, we designed all of the panels in such a way that he can add recessed LED lighting in the future and the only thing visible will be the glowing accent itself.
Our Standard: Another Satisfied Client
When the client came to pick up his 1966 Chevelle, he was thrilled. From the beautiful attention to detail to the great-sounding stereo system, he was delighted with the outcome.
When you decide to upgrade the audio system in your classic car, we invite you to stop by Kingpin Car & Marine Audio. Let’s get to know each other better. Ask us to show you around our state-of-the-art facility and let you see our current projects. Our team will work one on one with you to design and build an audio solution that best fits your unique needs.
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