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Removing passenger side footwell speaker

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Hi all...

The basics:
'87 Spider
Behr aftermarket (I'm assuming... it has all the signs of not being factory) a/c
Speaker with OE Alfa grille in the passenger side footwell.

For the life of me, I can't get the top left screw out. Any ideas? I can't get a screwdriver in there and I can't see an easy way to get the a/c unit out.

It's the only thing that is preventing me from removing my carpet... I have everything else out and loose except for that one pesky screw.

Thanks in advance!

By the way, I found a New Jersey Turnpike coin in under the carpet. Do they still use those?
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Behr is what was fitted to the series 3 Spiders, and the set-up where the top screw is covered is how they came. If anything, it's evidence that the speaker and A/C are unmolested... That also means that you are in for a frustrating time, but believe me, you can get the screw out... It's a royal PITA, and it's been a long time since I've done it, but it does come out. I don't recall using anything too special, beyond a mini tool with an offset to access the screw. Then I know I pried the A/C unit just a tiny bit with something like a very long heavy screwdriver, and pulled the screw out. Of course you could dismount the A/C, but I didn't have to... When you go to fit new speakers, you will need to make sure that the speaker grilles are very thin, or the one on the passenger side won't fit...

Best regards,
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Ditto with the new peaker cover fitting, I just cut out the corner of mine.
You may have to hack up the speaker cover with a knife to get it off. Maybe cut into towards the screw hole so the the corner snaps off, then you can remove the cover and maybe get needle nose pliers on the end of the screw and slowly back it out.

But don't worry, there are a pair of new covers on ebay: eBay Motors: NOS Alfa Romeo Factory Speaker Grille Pair (item 290198250510 end time Jan-20-08 17:05:46 PST)

I just bought a pair from the same guy to use for rear speakers that are going in this spring. I was lucky when I did my carpet job as the front speakers were added by my Father-in-Law after he bought the car brand new. The stereo install shop left out the upper left screw on the Pioneer covers they installed. I also replaced those front covers with Alfa ones this summer and left the screw out of the upper left corner on the passenger side.
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Hah, funny, that upper left screw is missing out of my Spider too (in fact only the top right screw remains....fortunately the indentation in the carpet keeps the cover lined up nicely). This makes me very happy.....I'll probably be replacing the speakers in the not-too-distant future, and even with the dash out, pulling the A/C box to get at that speaker looks very intimidating.
Hool -

I went to the hardware store and picked up (as Enrique suggested) a mini hand held phillips head screwdriver offset 90 degrees from the short straight shaft. Worked like a charm for me. Cost was less than $3.00

Good luck
hi all,

I wound up purchasing a phillips head screwdriver that is shaped like an allen wrench. Lots of slow turning, but I eventually got it out.

Didn't even know there was a tool shaped like that!

... back to the carpet. Got all of the brown/orange out and now to put the black in. Pictures later...
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