Ugh with the Old
|not my ride, but a fair|
example of "before"
|Diablo Royale enclosure|
|kitchen table prep|
Measure, Cut, Trim
While holding the speaker in the hole, oriented as I wanted them, I drilled a pilot hole through the mounting holes, and through the enclosure. Ideally, I would have used long tipped pen, or re-used the foam, but I wanted to make sure the holes were exactly right, and the foam holes were much larger than the tiny holes in the speaker frame. After verifying that the speaker held to the enclosure with some small wood screws, I shifted focus to the steel mesh speaker covers.
The holes in the mounting ring aligned with a set of holes in the speaker frame by angle (one each every 90*), but they ran along a greater diameter setting them about 3/8 of an inch away from the holes in the speaker frame, so I couldn't just connect them. I tried to use small zip-ties, but that wasn't working, so switched to bailing wire. Yes, I have bailing wire twist-tying the covers to my speakers. I cut short pieces of wire, twisted them super-tight and then pressed the extra wire between the outer edge of the speaker and the inner edge of the mounting ring. With the ring attached, I could still fit the small wood screws through the mount holes so I was good to go.
|driver side installed|
|passenger side installed|
The proof of the location choice can really only be tested with sitting in the seat and firing up the sounds. In the picture on the right here, you can see my grubby jeans and work boots easily fitting in the passenger seat, without my seating space compromised. I could have slid the seat back on the rails for more room, but that would have been cheating the picture. I don't drive around in those boots, though, so this actually looks worse than it really is.
The speaker just disappears into the driver side. I switched into a pair of sneakers and tried out the pedals. I had no interference at all. I couldn't tell there was a speaker there.
The true test, once we demonstrated that we could sit with the speakers in place, but not on... was firing up the stereo. This time, Boo and I tested it with a live CD by The Band. We found that because the rear speakers are so much closer to our ears, we had to fade-to-front a bit. Once we found that balance, though, we were surrounded by music, and didn't need to play it very loud to feel it's presence. Even at talking volume, we were wrapped in sound.
That's it for today. I'm not sure when I'll get after version 3: adding the sub-woofer. I think that will depend on what else I get working on. For now, the intense heat is over and we're enjoying our last few weeks of autumn before the rains really set in, putting the convertible in the garage for the winter... and corresponding winter projects.
Thanks, as always, for following along-