This client contacted Kingpin Car and Marine Audio in search of a shop to upgrade his 1955 Chevy stereo system. This client was referred to us by another customer of ours. As with all of our prospective clients, we scheduled a one-on-one consultation to explore the vehicle and obtain a clear understanding of the customer’s goals.
The 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan you see here is his weekend toy. The client takes it to shows and on the occasional cruise. He wanted an audio system that would sound great and give the car a “finished” look. After auditioning several products in our showroom, we developed a plan to create a custom installation that would both sound great and look amazing.
Fully Active Front-stage Speakers
One of our trademarks here at Kingpin is our implementation of fully active sound systems. We dedicate an amplifier channel to each speaker and use a digital signal processor (DSP) to manage filtering, level control, equalization and signal delay for each speaker. The result is a detailed and focused system with great tonal accuracy and incredible dynamics.
For the all-important front speakers in the Chevy, we used a set of Hertz EVF165 6.5-inch woofers from the High-Energy series. We customized the kick panels with a pressed mesh grille and trim ring before wrapping everything in blue vinyl to match the door panels and paint. The customer has an aftermarket air conditioning system in the car, so the kick panels are thicker than most to accommodate the cooling vents. We mounted a set of Hertz ET26 tweeters in custom-milled acrylic plastic adapters.
Rear Deck Customization
The client asked that we finish off the rear deck of the sedan in a way that would match the trunk. We created an entirely new parcel shelf trim panel from several layers of MDF and wrapped it in tan vinyl to match the seats and headliner. The sound from a set of Hertz DCX690 6×9 speakers in the rear deck passes through perforated mesh grilles.
Custom Subwoofer Solution
We created a set of sealed enclosures for a pair of Hertz ES300D 12-inch subwoofers. The cabinets are located directly behind the rear seat. A five-channel Javelin amplifier from Exile Audio powers the system with 100 watts to the front speakers and 800 watts to the pair of subs. We mounted the amp to a brace behind the rear seat.
The real “piéce de resistance” is the trunk. We started by creating one of our trademark floors with an integrated storage area and mounted a Sony MEX-GS810BH receiver in the back corner of the storage area. Next up were the side panels and their trim panels, which follow the contour of the trunk opening.
Wanting to give the trunk a unique look, we created a multi-layered rear trim panel. The panel would features contoured mesh-covered openings and concealed LED lighting. We used a combination of textured and perforated black vinyl, along with a carpeted access panel to finish the trunk.
The end result is not only classy but fully functional. If the client needs to store luggage or show supplies in the trunk for an extended cruise or vacation, he has all the space he will need.
1955 Chevy Stereo System Tuning and Operation
Once all of the equipment was installed, we used our Audison bit Tune processor to set the crossover points, output level, equalization and signal delay for each channel of the amplifier. The system has a nicely focused soundstage across the dash, and both instruments and vocals sound realistic.
The client can control the system using the Sony App Remote on his smartphone. Using the app allows all the functions of the radio to be controlled over a Bluetooth connection. This wireless solution prevented us from having to install a radio in the dash.
Hot Rod Radio System Delivery
The client returned to Kingpin Car Audio and Marine, anxious to see and hear his 1955 Chevy stereo for the first time. He was blown away by how clean and tidy it looked, and the sound quality amazed him.
If your classic car could use an audio system upgrade, schedule a consultation with us using our online contact FORM or by calling the shop at 503-582-1315.