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Discussion in 'Electrical' started by mikester, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. mikester

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    Forget my original thread about the OEM/Alpine radios. This is making me nuts.

    This morning I spoke to the owner of a stereo shop that told me I needed the two little brackets off of an OEM radio so I could mount the Metra box into the Monte dash. I went to the local yard and pulled them off of a factory Delco radio that was in a Cutlass. Easy right ? NOPE. Not for me.
    I put the two brackets on the plastic box and now its too wide to fit into the opening. Probably by at least 3/16".
    I assumed the Cutlass dash and the Monte/Malibu had to be close in dimensions where the radio mounts. I guess not.
    I have some of the textured plastic left over from the gauge mount that I made but to be honest I dont want to spend hours fabricating something if theres something already made to do what I need.
    For Monte owners, do the OEM radios have the same plastic bracket on the sides holding them into the dash ? Black plastic angles that are held on with a 10MM nut ? If not what do they have ?
    Are Cutlass radios held in with something different ? Did I wind up with the wrong stuff at the yard ?
    This is all thats left as far as the dash. I need to get it finished so I can move on.
    Anyone ?
    I dont want to use an OEM radio since I have these two Alpines.
     
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    The ones in my Bonneville are basically a piece of sheet metal with a 90 degree bend in it and 2 tabs to lock into the slots on the side of the factory radio. There are a few variations out there, but if the screw holes on the outside line up and the bracket does not have a built in angle, then you should be good. Could it be as simple as the bolt that mounts the brackets sticking out too far?
     
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    The bracket needs to have an angle so it can attach to the sleeve from Metra. The brackets from the Cutlass are thick plastic. Maybe I need to find a set in metal. I have a stamped metal one from my 81 but its totally different.

    I have these from the Cutlass. Makes everything too wide.
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    I also have one of these. Not even close.

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    Mine have the general shape of the big one, but are physically smaller.

    Luckily, mine is out of the car right now:

    IMG_20180410_235046.jpg IMG_20180410_235038.jpg IMG_20180410_235029.jpg
     
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    Mine look like this:
     

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    Brackets vary, but Delco 1.5 DIN are all the same size. If the plastic doesn't fit, your metal plate is wrong. The one in the pic is for a shaft radio.
     
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    What kind of car was that radio from ??? That looks like it might be tighter to the radio than the plastic brackets from the Cutlass. That might work !
     
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    The plastic Cutlass radio brackets are unique to the Cutlass. Monte Carlo had stamped steel. This is the issue.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys ! I just got back from a different yard that had a really hammered Monte in the back corner. I was lucky to find the original radio on the rear floor covered in junk. Sure enough, it had the metal brackets. I got them for $5.00. It looks like its going to work !
     
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    I hope it works out for ya!
     
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