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Building a center console


Shawn Piper

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My car came dealer equipped with a FrigiKing AC unit as a console. However, in the 90s, the whole unit was unfortunately removed and tossed because it had broken.  I wanted to replace the unit with a non-AC variety.  My goal is to have something period correct that allows me to play music from my phone.

 

In my '66 Beetle, I used a RetroSound stereo with a vintage faceplate and knobs.  This time I tried something different.  Inspired by what I've seen on this site, I decided to use a vintage stereo  and wire it to a BT receiver.  

 

The parts gathering process took about 6 months.  First was the short console itself.  Then I acquired a speaker grill, which I straightened, polished/painted, and then added new fabric. Finally the stereo, wiring, and speaker, which came from vintageblau.com.  

 

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Would you be able to describe how you built the BT receiver/ Vintage radio combo?

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What is the Bluetooth receiver make model?   Looks like it says KiP on it,but nothing leapt out searching kip Bluetooth.   Thanks!

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Its KiP brand, but there isn't a model # printed on it anywhere. I bought it from Vintage Blau. He's active on these forums too.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/vintageblau/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

http://www.vintageblau.com/home.html

 

These moduls seem to be homebrewed or made in small batches but I regularly see them for sale on eBay and the Samba (there was a user selling modules that had a microphone input so you can take calls, which is cool). 

 

You are basically looking the for a BT module with a DIN connector and documented support for your radio type.  7 or 8 pin connectors support stereo, 6 pin connector support mono only.  This one looks pretty good:

 

https://www.classentials.com/product-categorie/motoring-accessories-autoradios-fog-spot-lamps/vintage-classic-car-auto-radio-autoradio-blaupunkt-becker/

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I installed an alpine Bluetooth receiver under the seat. Original radio stayed in place and I built teardrop boxes for the front speakers. I use a dedicated iPad to control the stereo and 123 distributor. My phone doesn’t get involved.

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Naseem, very cool. I also like how you left the bottom plate of the console off. I just the same when I installed my new Esty carpet kit. It's too pretty to cover up!

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On 1/13/2021 at 5:00 PM, Searfred said:

hi, nice setup! only a question. what speaker do you use?

 

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I’m using speakers from 20 years ago. I remember they were pretty high end. Not sure but they are  2 way Amazing sound actually. Most of your sound highs/mids should be coming from your front speakers while the rear ones are low/mids. You can build boxes for the rears or buy incased 3way speakers like I did for the rears so you don’t have to cut holes. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get good quality speakers like you did in the past.

 

 

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59 minutes ago, Georges said:

Naseem, very cool. I also like how you left the bottom plate of the console off. I just the same when I installed my new Esty carpet kit. It's too pretty to cover up!

The bottom plate of the console is actually still on. It’s just carpeted. 

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1 hour ago, Georges said:

Naseem, very cool. I also like how you left the bottom plate of the console off. I just the same when I installed my new Esty carpet kit. It's too pretty to cover up!

It’s the original carpet still in this car btw. 

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