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#144297 - 06/26/02 05:59 PM Shaft to DIN conversion??
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I have a 1981 Ford T-bird that originally had a shaft AM mechanical radio (yeah, MECHANICAL, ugh) with 2 6x9 speakers in the back and one POS 3.5" speaker on the dash.

I bought a pair of Blaupunkt PCxg693 6x9 80W RMS/240W speakers in the rear, and I'm going to install a pair of JBL LSC-600 6.5" speakers in the doors (30W RMS/140W peak). My new receiver is going to be an Aiwa CDC-Z107 (DIN) - 17.5 W RMS x 4/35W x4 peak CD receiver

I bought a $10 install kit from Crutchfield for my T-bird. The sales advisor said it was a Euro-DIN install kit.

My question is:

What is involved in converting my shaft-style receiver setup to a DIN setup?

I'm trying desperately to get rid of this POS 1980s shaft-style setup.
BTW I didn't buy the receiver from Crutchfield. I got the Aiwa and JBLs from eBay.

Wiring harnesses/wiring isn't an issue because the T-bird never had any harnesses, only a couple of 2-pin connectors. I subsequently converted it to just straight wires coming from the speakers.
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#144298 - 06/26/02 09:19 PM Re: Shaft to DIN conversion??
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cutting...
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#144299 - 06/26/02 10:28 PM Re: Shaft to DIN conversion??
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sorry, didn't mean to be so blunt - I was pressed for time and wanted to help, but it's true. You will most likely need to cut. Fortunatly you can use a number of tools; anything that will cut metal for that matter. A DREMEL tool works really well, and you can sand the edges with it when you are done. Only make the whole large enough to fit the back of the head unit in, not the face! 1. you don't want it falling through, and 2. you want it to look clean and the face will cover it up, especially after the face trim is put on.
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#144300 - 06/26/02 10:32 PM Re: Shaft to DIN conversion??
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what do I need to cut?

Once i remove the shaft receiver plate (there's a metal plate where you fasten the two shafts onto, THEN you bolt the metal plate to the dash) there's a HUGE gaping hole.
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#144301 - 06/27/02 01:40 AM Re: Shaft to DIN conversion??
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Is the hole bigger than a standard DIN? When I did an install on a 76 Datsun with a shaft style radio, there was a hole for the display than 2 circle holes on either side of the shafts. I made a template of a DIN and cut out around the previous holes, removing them completely, and leaving a DIN sized hole. I then mounted the bracket to the inside of the hole, put the unit in, and clipped the trimming piece on the unit. whalla...done.
If you have a hole LARGER than a standard DIN than you are going to have to get a little creative and custom fabricate something to cover the existing hole, while having a hole of it's own the size of the DIN to hold the new unit. I'm afraid this is all I can tell you since I'm not familiar with a 1981 Ford T-bird and it's configuration.
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#144302 - 06/27/02 06:07 AM Re: Shaft to DIN conversion??
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I see what you mean.

I have a HUGE gaping hole, but there's a metal plate that bolts onto the chassis that secured the original shaft receiver.

I can remove this plate to cut and trim to make it fit the DIN I suppose, but would that be all that's required? Would a typical Crutchfield install kit for a Euro-DIN receiver include some of this stuff?
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#144303 - 06/27/02 07:29 AM Re: Shaft to DIN conversion??
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Here's a scan of what it looks like:

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#144304 - 06/27/02 05:43 PM Re: Shaft to DIN conversion??
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I'm getting ready to have to do basically the same thing to my 81 c10 to get a head unit to fit. I know a guy who converted his shaft 82 chevy to DIN with no problems, just cut his dashplate to fit; I don't think it was even too time intensive.
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#144305 - 06/28/02 02:54 AM Re: Shaft to DIN conversion??
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Yes, your Euro DIN install kit will be the size of the hole square area around the old reciever. The Euro DIN will have a DIN size hole and then a cubbie below or above (depends how you install it.) So you will cut the square out, install the Kit then install the reciever in the DIN slot. Since you bought it from crutchfield - the should send you a whole diagram and tell you exactly what to do.( down to the specifics) and if not, you can always call. The are VERY knowledgeable (or atleast have a nice database of info) on almost every car so don't really worry about troubles.
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