A client from Hillsboro, OR, contacted Kingpin Car & Marine Audio about installing a radio and a pair of speakers in his freshly restored 1967 Ford Fairlane. We gave him a quote for the equipment and installation, and asked what his plan was for the car. He mentioned taking it to car shows, so we brought out our photo album and showed him some of the work we had done on similar vehicles. He loved the idea of a complete custom trunk. We let him listen to our new active audio system display. He had never heard a car audio system that sounded like that. He was hooked on having something amazing. After some additional planning and discussion, we booked an appointment to start his custom Ford Fairlane audio system.
Our focus for all the hotrod builds we do is in the installation itself, not the product. Nothing ages an install like being able to see the amps, speakers and subwoofers. For this Ford Fairlane audio system, we would conceal all of the product from view behind trim panels.
Custom Front Speakers
All of the audio systems we design and install here at Kingpin are fully active. “Active” means that each speaker has a dedicated amplifier channel and a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to send the correct information to each channel. We selected a Hertz EV165F shallow-basket 6.5-inch woofer and an ET26 tweeter to serve as the front stage speakers. Our team created a subtle kick panel mount for the woofer. On the driver’s side, the panel, grille and trim ring still fit behind the parking brake lever. We re-wrapped the factory kick panel in vinyl and added a trim ring wrapped in perforated vinyl. A mesh grille protects the speaker without impeding the sound. We mounted the tweeters higher to help elevate the height of the soundstage.
Rear Parcel Shelf Trim Panel
A lot of the hotrod builds we do have custom rear parcel shelf trim pieces. The rear deck is a great location for us to include some simple techniques that will make the system and vehicle stand out. We built a multi-layered rear deck and added the script Fairlane logo to the center section. We also embossed some accent stripes. At either end of the panel, we used the same metal mesh that we did in the kick panels to make grilles to allow the bass from the trunk-mounted subwoofers to get into the vehicle.
Show Quality Trunk Trim
One of the requests from the client was to keep his spare tire in his trunk. He had purchased a fifth wheel that matched the ones on the car, so it was an important object to highlight. We created an easily removable trim panel for the spare tire and pressed a mesh grille to give it some style. On the side of the trunk, we build enclosures for Hertz ES250D 10-inch subwoofers. The subs are protected and concealed by the same style of pressed mesh grilles. We added blue LED lighting behind the grilles to give the trunk some added pizzazz.
The floor of the trunk has a pair of removable panels to allow access to storage for cleaning materials and a few light jackets while at a car show. We used carpet on the bottom panels to give them some added durability in case the client needs to use the trunk for cargo.
Amplification and Processing
We used a Hertz HCP1D to power the subwoofers with 700 watts of power and an HCP4D four-channel amp to power the midrange drivers and the tweeters. Each speaker will get 85 watts of power. To divide the signals up between all the speakers, we installed an Audison bit Ten D and DRC remote control. The client can play music directly from his smartphone into the system and control everything from the DRC in the ashtray.
With everything installed, we tuned the system with our Audison Bit Tune system to set equalization, time alignment and crossovers. We used our oscilloscope to confirm that the sensitivity settings on the amps were correct.
Client Loved His Ford Fairlane Audio Upgrades
The client returned to Kingpin anxious to see his new Ford Fairlane audio system. He loved the way everything looked and was thrilled with the sound.
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