This Instructable was inspired by the "Fake-out Stolen Car Stereo" by sfgabe. https://www.instructables.com/id/Fake-out-Stolen-Stereo/
I drove my Chevrolet S-10 for almost ten years before finally replacing the stereo. In 1999 it seemed perfectly acceptable to have a cassette tape player. Today it's practically an obsolete piece of car audio. I had used a cassette tape adapter for my MP3 players, but when the cassette tape player broke, I had no way to enjoy my Zune in my truck. FM modulators never worked well for me.
Finally I took the plunge and got an HD Radio/CD/CD-ROM MP3 player with a auxiliary line-in port for direct connect for my Zune. The new stereo has a removable faceplate, and while the stereo itself isn't particularly expensive, I don't want someone breaking into truck and stealing the stereo just because it's not a stock radio.
I saw sfgabe's cool "Fake-out Stolen Car Stereo" Instructable and it gave me the idea to make a fake faceplate for my truck's new stereo. This faceplate is made using the original Delco radio/cassette tape player that came with the truck, some Velcro, and a lot of epoxy glue. I left half of a cassette sticking out of the tape player for added effect.
Follow along with this Instructable to see how I made my own fake-out face plate. Every car stereo will be different, but this Instructable will give you the general idea.
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Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Supplies
Stock Delco car stereo
your coolest cassette tape (Christmas with the Brady Bunch)
Velcro (or other brand) hook and loop fastener. I used the kind made for sewing onto fabric.
socket wrench set
Step 2: Remove the Faceplate From the Stock Stereo
Step 3: Remove the LED Display
Be careful around the LED display. Mine was sandwiched between to tiny sheets of glass. I broke it in a couple of places, but was able to repair it using a little epoxy.
Step 4: Glue the Knobs and LED Back on to the Faceplate
Step 5: Trim the Back of the Faceplate to Reduce Its Profile
Step 6: Determine How the Faceplate Will Fit Over the Stereo
Someone experienced with car stereo installations will notice that the faceplate is on the outside of the dash opening, rather than behind it. However, the cassette hanging out of the tape deck adds to the illusion that a undesirable stock radio is in the dash.
Step 7: Add a Cassette Tape to the Deck
Step 8: Apply Velcro to the Dash
Running the Velcro along the entire top of the stereo looks better than just putting a couple of patches.
Dry fit the Velcro to make sure it fits where you want it.
Apply a film of epoxy on the top of the stereo and slip in the Velcro, applying pressure to the Velcro to ensure a good bond.