No driving this weekend (it's been a house resto/Motorcycle weekend) BUT I did finish off the headunit install inside the glovebox and get everything hooked up. No more crackly AM radio about cheese and the ^$%#^*! footy....
Headunit needed to sit inside the "guts" of the Glovebox:
Lots of measuring and thinking with the glovebox lid and how it will all fit in, look factory AND have the lid close while a USB stick is plugged in.
Some cutting, plastic swarf going all over the kitchen (SWMBO didn't see the mess I made, thank christ for dustbusters), some bracketry made at work and voila!
The red wires are for the cigarette socket in the cargo area, the white wire is active when the ignition is on. I'm going to run both to the engine bay and put a relay/fuse block in. From there I'll also put a few other lines in for lights and other stuff that I'll need.
With the door closed:
The other thing I'm happy with is that the aerial splitter that a techie at work made for me works a treat. FM reception is perfect on the head unit and I can also play AM on the original head unit, with both running off the same aerial. For the front speakers, I used some slim tv speakers that I ripped out of a dead plasma tv we got given, perfect for hiding up under the dashboard, plus the give the front of the car the high range, with the lower range coming from the rear. (Doesn't matter where bass range comes from, but high range does matter). It actually sounds surprisingly good! I even dragged SWMBO out of the warm house on a cold evening to come and have a look at the setup.
I was also just going to lob in and get a roadworthy done, but I went to use the handbrake on the weekend and realised how much it has stretched, so I will just bite the bullet and get the brake place next door to the Road Worthy testing station to check everything and whip me up a new handbrake cable.
Unfortunately, I have also booked the Triumph in for a service AND I still haven't started on rebuilding the front end on the Rover so I'm going to have to start selling body parts/more stuff I have lying around as I have kinda run out of money! Boooooooo-urns.
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