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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-06-2015, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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1983 Spider radio/cassett changeout

Local audio shop said they'd have to 'remove dash' in order to install new radio/cd player. Does this sound right?
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I didn't. But I am not an audio expert. The opening in the center console might need to be cut to install a standard radio mount (I don't recall off hand if it had already been cut by a PO and I just needed to trim it for a better fit or if I made the initial cut). But for sure I didn't remove the console or dash to fit a 'modern' radio.

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Thank you, Eric Can you tell me what make and model you installed?
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It is either a Pioneer or Sony, AM/FM/CD player. (Our Spider has one of these, our GTV6 has the other.)
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Again, it depends on the radio, but removing the glovebox (which isn't necessarily easy, either) can give access to the back of the radio area.

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I would find a different installer. Sounds like he doesn't know Alfas and is not sure what he will run into when he starts to install. Is it a big box stereo shop or a small custom installer. My guess is the smaller shops will have more experience with different kinds of installs.

Or maybe the radio you chose has some kind of attachment that has to come from behind to secure it. At any rate, I would ask them why. Ask them to be specific as to what is it with this radio that makes them want to remove the dash.

I've actually never heard of removing a dash for a radio install. I've changed half a dozen radios from the front no problems.
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The shop got it installed with no problem, so I'm happy about that. Great to have tunes again.
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The shop got it installed with no problem, so I'm happy about that. Great to have tunes again.
Did the shop have to remove the entire dashboard?

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NO, they didn't have to remove any of it, but had to cut the hole in the dash a little bigger to make it work. They did a very good job.
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