Obviously I`m new here, so I will introduce myself first.
My name is Toma and I`m from Bulgaria, Eastern Europe.
Some time ago I bought this `92 Caprice Classic L03 with 59K miles on it.
The car was in overall good shape, but there were some minor issues with it.
One of the issues was with the stereo... popping sounds, reduced sound quality...etc.
As I said - I`m in Bulgaria, which is on the other side of the planet and some 1.5 DIN genuine GM stereo will be shipped to my place with the price of gold.
Also I wanted some goodies on top of the AM/FM receiver and cassette/CD.
I found only 5-6 aftermarket 1.5 DIN head units and all seems to have old-fashioned capabilities for me - the top version was with mp3 support.
Then I started to research the ideas for 1 and 2 DIN Multimedia.
1 DIN seems to fit ugly in the original stereo location in the dash, even with a quality "1.5 to 1 DIN" conversion bracket. All 1 DIN Multimedia's are with motorized displays. I`m not a big fan of the crappy moving mechanism and it is impossible to use it with a proper display angle because of the dash specifics.
Then it comes the 2 DIN - to fit it right, you need to make some serious cuts in your dash and finally it will look even uglier than the 1 DIN.
On top of that, every single universal 2 DIN Multimedia unit needed it`s face plate visible and reachable in order to operate with the physical buttons of the head unit. This makes the Multimedia to pops-up in front of the dashboard with 1/2 inch..... UGLY!
I was sad....
So good car, with no good aftermarket stereos at all...... with "close to standard" installation.
Then I started searching for what you guys ( in the States ) did in order to solve this issue......... and after awhile I saw a thread with the iPad installation and a part of the answer came by itself, but without the iPad in mind
I grabbed the Nexus 7 from my kid while he was playing some game and after some measuring, reading, drilling, cutting and soldering - everything seems to be close to perfect and I`m happy now
The dimensions of the opening for the original stereo are short with only 1/4 inch on the vertical. Some sanding solved the problem.
The good old Bose Silver which was retired with honors.
The space where the original stereo lives is now free and I can hide there the cabling, the relay, the DC converter and the USB extension cable.
The black plastic which holds in place the original stereo is assigned to the same role - holding in place the dummy "stereo" made from playing wood
The plastic back from the flip-cover is used as a mounting bracket.
The Nexus is already in working condition, set-up for in-car use. The red/black wire is the extension of the power button, which I mount on the face of the dash.
Previously I said that I hate ugly things - OK this is my ugly bass-box and my ugly amps, but this is a temporary mounting point for everything and in the summer I will make my trunk area much prettier.
The black bubble thing in the left corner of the photo is my LPG tank.
The total investment is ~415USD ( no labor - self installed )
This total includes all the parts listed in the information of the video........ without the price of the Caprice itself
For full screen demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09vMRx-NtZo
Everything ( except the DC-to-DC converter ) was 2nd hand in close to perfect visual and working condition!
The shiny button in the left of the head unit is the power button of the tablet - I made it because if you need to push it by some reason ( the unit somehow hungs for example.... ) you need to disassemble the whole dash and I tried to take some precautions...
The black knob above it is an external volume control - this I made for situations when you need the sound volume reduced fast ( boss calling.... officer talking to you... and so on
For all the signals i used the original stereo cabling. The only additional cabling is the positive wire from the battery to the amps in the trunk.
My reverse camera is still in progress but I will update you soon. It`s the same for the FM receiver.
I hope you like the general idea.