Re: [DML] DIN Stereo Mounting Plates (was: Re: Radio)
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Re: [DML] DIN Stereo Mounting Plates (was: Re: Radio)

An interesting nugget that I discovered n right-hander #5565 went as 

I believe this car was converted for display at a motor show in 1982, 
but never made it. It was driven as a company car by a factory 
executive, some say Don Lander, although this has been put in doubt 
lately. Of all the right-handers it is one of the best, and rather than 
being the protoype that so many of the other right-hookers are (early 
cars, late panels, poor attention to detail), this car carries a number 
of features which we can assume were being trialled for European 
production. One of the simplest, but yet most impressive, I found on the 
stereo bracket.

The car came with an original Craig installed, and the new owner asked 
me to fit a modern stereo (he likes his gadgets so a bluetooth enbabled 
unit was the order of the day!)

Anyway, in removing the old Craig stereo, I discovered that rather than 
having the knobs mounted to the stereo bracket as per usual, they were 
mounted to a specially (and very well) made surround which clipped into 
the DIN hole cut into the bracket. In addition to this there was a tray 
underneath the stereo, welded to the normal bracket and at the back 
edge, a quite intricately made clip-on bracket that secured the rear of 
the stereo by the security mount at the back. This basically meant that 
the Craig was held perfectly securely, and could be removed and replaced 
with a DIN unit with no mods whatoever. Very ipressive workmanship in 
its simplicity and effectiveness.


James Espey wrote:

>Bear in mind, that while you can easily cut your stock radio mounting
>bracket to accept a newer DIN-size unit, the original mounting
>brackets are a "short supply" item. We have a limited number of them
>available from cars that we remanufacture or company cars here that
>get new stereos and therefore a new DIN-cutout radio mounting bracket.
> Think twice before cutting up one of the few remaining originals, the
>day may come when you (or someone else) would like to have it.
>James Espey
>DMC (Texas)

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