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I am looking for a pair of 4” speakers for the spot below the quarter panel windows on the 78 280z anyone have a suggestion for what they have or like for that spot. I am not sure how deep it is and also looks like I can’t have a tweeter that extends past flush or it would hit the panel cover

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I can't remember whether it was 4 or 4.5" Kenwoods that I put in my 77' pillars but it doesn't need to be too fancy IMO.  If you've got a throaty exhaust then you sound system is going to be overwhelmed every time you push the pedal.

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What did you decide?  I need to put new speaker there too.  Those Pyles are on Amazon for $31.   Crutchfiield has a large selection too.  
Cliff any mods to make that speak fit?   How is the sound?  I’m tired to removing and install8ng things twice.  I just pulled those panels off and plan to put speakers in there and never pull it again.   

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2 hours ago, Av8ferg said:

What did you decide?  I need to put new speaker there too.  Those Pyles are on Amazon for $31.   Crutchfiield has a large selection too.  
Cliff any mods to make that speak fit?   How is the sound?  I’m tired to removing and install8ng things twice.  I just pulled those panels off and plan to put speakers in there and never pull it again.   

From what I remember they bolted right up, no issues. There's a bracket that holds them.

Here you go! Thanks to @Dave WM for the video. You'll see the bracket in the first few seconds.

 

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I put in the speakers I got and here are some pictures. I also took pics of what I assume are OEM speakers.  The back side of the one I pulled is the first picture. They screwed right in no issues at all66A19CDA-7DE9-4805-AB35-5EC6F7712095.jpeg2CB3D2FD-7DC7-404A-B05D-4F0D5279F097.jpegB02CCC3A-3856-41D4-989D-F0759FDF0D0D.jpegFC21F743-4803-49C0-BF0C-F3C1F49B1A14.jpeg

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I bought the exact same speakers and installed them as well.   I’m still deciding on how I’m going to run this stereo system.  I like my music and have been spoiled in my wife’s car.  That is the nicest stereo I’ve even heard in a car in my life.  It’s amazing.  So I bought a new head unit while on a trip to Phoenix (Kenwood Execelon)  I’m not going for original on the stereo because I don’t have one and can’t get one for a reasonable price.  I’m deciding on my speaker configuration.  I have the sloped rear deck so it complicates things and I don’t want to cut into my nice door cards.  MSA sells a front speaker kit that attaches to the kick panels.  I’m worried it might interfere with my foot.  I also don’t really want to put them in the tool compartments on the rear deck facing up.  I’m really making eliminating my options.  If I convert the rear deck to flat I can put speakers on the back near the lights.  I know most guys on here want the stock stereo system but I can’t roll like that,  i can’t drive a long distance and listen to one speaker like I’m in a tin can.  I also want to be able to stream my Spotify music.  It requires abandoning the 1977 configuration.  You can shame me at ZCON. 

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This is about the best stereo I've seen in a 280z.  [mention=30038]dmorales-bello[/mention]
 

Thanks for this link Cliff. Your role as the forum librarian is unsurpassed. It looks like those 5.25” speakers on the kick panel shouldn’t interfere with my clutch foot. I also like the back 6x9 box he did. I think I’ll do this but it’s going to require the sloped deck delete.
My interior is on a hold because I have to weld those 3 floor patches on the passenger side. Can’t take it to the welder until my fuel tank is back. On the tank $425 with a lifetime guarantee from the Renu place in Greensburg,PA. Guy totally knows these tanks and has done many Z cars So it won’t be back for about 10 days. FYI, I found a 77 tank at a yard yesterday, already removed. It’s not rusted much, outside is perfect. Anyone looking for a 77 tank, let me know this is a great candidate.
In the meantime I’m doing electrical work which is why I started thinking about the stereo stuff. I want to get all the wires in place before I glue to rugs down.


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Here is the cable I had to fix from a PO’s splices and snips that goes to the radio  I wound each portion into separate bundles and wrapped them in a fabric wire wrap and labeled each bundle and connector.  I did this so if I ever have to go back and fix a problem it will be easy to ID where in need to look.   Shout out to wayne280z in the upper bleachers who created the color wiring diagram.  This made it so much easier.   What a great resource:   Thanks Wayne.   Picked up two other donor sections that connect C7 and C8 blocks to the center counsel (radio, hazard, defog, ash tray lights. Power antenna etc… here are pics of the bundles I got at the yard and the one I refurbished.  Here is the radio I got too.  It changes display colors to match the green lights in the dash.  
 

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One nice thing about the 78's raised wood floor is that there is lots of room to stash stereo components.  I have several amps and a crossover mounted under my floor.  I have an Alpine head unit and Polk 4" speakers in the stock locations in the panels fore of the rear wheel arches.  I installed all this about 10 years ago, but I never did build a speaker box for the rear speakers, so I have lots of power, but no big speakers to drive.  Someday along with the other 50 projects that the Z needs done.

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One nice thing about the 78's raised wood floor is that there is lots of room to stash stereo components.  I have several amps and a crossover mounted under my floor.  I have an Alpine head unit and Polk 4" speakers in the stock locations in the panels fore of the rear wheel arches.  I installed all this about 10 years ago, but I never did build a speaker box for the rear speakers, so I have lots of power, but no big speakers to drive.  Someday along with the other 50 projects that the Z needs done.

Jeff, you make a good point about the space you get under the raised deck. Lots of places to store, misc items and/or spare parts incase you break down on a trip. I am buying an amp too so it’s probably a good place to put it as well.
I’ll continue to think about this and let you see the end results when I get it done. I should make a lot of progress on this interior this week.


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