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BUILD Quest for improved 4th gen Fbody drivability

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And while I was at it, I figured let’s throw in a sub and let the front components take a break. I’ve had this cubby-enclosure subwoofer hanging around for over 10 years after buying it in camaro @greasy was parting out. I bought an amplifier from Goodwill for $40 that will be here soon and we will see how this goes.

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Whats your plan of attack for RCA signal on that amp? I'm assuming your still running the stock head unit, if not then disregard
 

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Whats your plan of attack for RCA signal on that amp? I'm assuming your still running the stock head unit, if not then disregard
I have a Pioneer head unit. This guy:

 
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Nice to see the ole Bird getting some love
I often find myself browsing marketplaces looking for a project car. Then I was like, dumbass, you have one. I reached a point where anything to make it faster would be expensive and more work than I want to do, so these have been fun projects to enhance the usability and appearance of the car and make it overall more pleasant to drive.
 

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I often find myself browsing marketplaces looking for a project car. Then I was like, dumbass, you have one. I reached a point where anything to make it faster would be expensive and more work than I want to do, so these have been fun projects to enhance the usability and appearance of the car and make it overall more pleasant to drive.

Yep, I too browse marketplace for f bodies.
I would love to own a classic but I can only drive 1 vehicle at a time.
After the T56 debacle, I gave the car some much needed attention in 2021.
 
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On the sound system side, I’ve been diagnosing distortion even with the aftermarket head unit and decent replacement speaker package (Kee Audio Level 2) all around. I took out all the speakers and double checked the wiring, and saw that one of the tweeters fell out of the front speakers. I don’t think this was my source of distortion, but I then recognized how awfully insulated the door panels and sail panels are. Which means there is no insulation. So I bought a cheap-o dynamat material from Amazon, covered the whole inside of the door panel, sail panel and it made a massive difference. I don’t have to play the music as loudly anymore and it’s has much more clarity and bass response. It sounds like a real car stereo now.

KILMAT 80 mil 36 sqft Car Sound Deadening Mat, Butyl Automotive Sound Deadener, Audio Noise Insulation and dampening https://a.co/d/7S03NDs

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My 02 keeps blowing the speakers by the passenger seats, I like what u did with the sound deadened. I have to swap my speakers out and while I’m at it I’ll do the hatch ones. Wish I could throw the boom box back there but I have a 10-12 cd changer from delco lol
 

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I’ve been having fun this year continuing the modernization of the old heap. Two areas of focus are improving the lighting and sound system. For lighting, I’m going LED for marker lights and fog lights, including new Morimoto LED projector fogs. And I have a new set of replacement, updated headlight housings for the brights and lows; I plan to explore LED headlights once I can take some measurements.

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I changed all the exterior marker lights (turn signal, corner marker, brakes, daytime running lights) to LED, which required more care in picking parts than I imagined. I found a brand with similar physical size to the original equipment as well as a top lens for projection, matched the bulb color with the lens color and then had to get third brake light LED bulbs with resistors so the cruise control works. Also, replaced the hazard and turn signal flashers with no load LED flashers so those still work.

Brand is iBrightstar on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/s?k=iBrightstar&ref=bl_dp_s_mw_0

Overall, it was a massive improvement because the bulbs that were in there were toast. It’s wild how hot the stock incandescent stuff runs, and how nasty the bulbs and sockets were from heat. The new stuff is extremely bright even in daylight, which is what I wanted. View attachment 163551
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Where did u get your headlights from? I did the fog lights last year and that’s all I use to drive now since I haven’t done the headlights.
 

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Where did u get your headlights from? I did the fog lights last year and that’s all I use to drive now since I haven’t done the headlights.
LMC Truck lights.

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My 02 keeps blowing the speakers by the passenger seats, I like what u did with the sound deadened. I have to swap my speakers out and while I’m at it I’ll do the hatch ones. Wish I could throw the boom box back there but I have a 10-12 cd changer from delco lol
I think what was happening was that the doors and sails are such horrible speaker enclosures that I had to blast them so loud to hear music over the exhaust/road noise that the mid-level speakers I have just couldn’t take it. But now with the deadening, I don’t have to turn the volume up as high. And then with a sub hopefully that takes it down another notch.

I also bought the next-step deadening mat, but am happy with what I have now so might take a breather. It sucked!
 
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I often find myself browsing marketplaces looking for a project car. Then I was like, dumbass, you have one. I reached a point where anything to make it faster would be expensive and more work than I want to do, so these have been fun projects to enhance the usability and appearance of the car and make it overall more pleasant to drive.
 

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If anybody wants one of the 12 disc changers I have one with the magazine sitting in a corner collecting dust.

I did two of those 10 inch sub boxes with a cheap 1000 watt amp and my car pounds pretty hard and still has room to stick the t tops in the holders correctly. Had to cut up the plastics and take the spare out of it to fit them right but totally worth it. I started with just the one side and never felt like it was enough for the car.