The following is the process in which i built a custom stereo for my 1967 Citroen Ami6.

Because of modifications to the car by previous owners i was able to take some liberties in the installation but i wanted the install to be largely unobtrusive on the overall appearance of the car. I have a long history of installing absurd stereos in places they don't necessarily belong but this was the first time i was attempting to hide the majority of the install. I decided that if possible i wanted to avoid running a head unit all together since there is nothing more out of place in a vintage car than a modern digital head unit with flashing lights and a whacky EQ visualization.

A long time ago i knew a lot more about what I'm doing, i understood amps, ohms, watts, etc. and the fine details of putting a system together. Not so much anymore, mostly i just do things the way i remember and guess when i don't. This whole system might seem a little hacked together and to some of you it might even seem flat out wrong. It was all an experiment and i am very happy with the results.

Please use this information as proof of concept only, i am not educated enough on what I've done to say with absolute certainty that you won't electrocute yourself, burn down your car or otherwise cause serious harm or damage your body or property.

Also please feel free to tell me why I should have been killed or maimed during my own installation process if you notice any glaring errors.

Step 1: What are we working with

A vintage French Car.

As you may note, this car has a somewhat unique aesthetic and you might agree it shouldn't be disturbed with various modern components.

One of the attached images is from a french magazine in which the car was featured, unfortunately this is the only image i have showing the state of the door cards when i received them. The drivers side card had already been cut for a speaker and all four door cards were extremely warped and the vinyl was peeling and delaminating.

I knew i could rebuild the doorcards but someone had already cut one of them up so it would never be near original again, this was the impetus behind the project. A doorcard with a hole for a speaker needs a speaker!!!

So now i knew i was willing to put front speakers in and i didn't want a head unit.

I took some measurements around the rest of the car and decided i could get some shallow  components in the front door and a set of 4x10"s under the backseat in a custom box along with  a 10" sub and amp behind the backseat.
I just needed to find the right shallow sub, either an under-seat box or something meant for behind the seat of a pickup truck.

But first lets figure out if ditching the head unit is feasible.
beautiful, i love the car.
Careful, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter might steal your car cause they missed the train to Hogwarts. lol
not a chance... they drive a ford anglia
OMG... this is most adorable car I've never-ever seen before in my life!!! <br> <br>Congrats on winning the Car Audio Challenge, but you already OWNED the grand prize of CUTENESS!
good job, it's pleasant to see thats 45 years old french car with modern technology inside. <br> <br>cheers <br>
Thank you .
Does the iPod just rest on the parcel shelf, or did you make a mount for it using the adaptor?
i'm embarassed to say that i bought an off the shelf ipod cradle, i wanted something that would hold the ipod in view and at ready access while in use but i didn't want to build anything permanent that would alter the car. it was 12 bucks at radio shack. <br> <br>it came with sucition cup so i mounted it to a piece of black acrylic cut to the same footprint as the parcel shelf. With the overall size of the car i could have probably mountd it to the rear window and it would still be easy to reach.
That is a really cool car. defiantly like the steering wheel.<br>what might help your power issue is a second battery.....
Thanks, the car is just wacky and a lot of fun... 2 cylinder, 50mpg and a crazy soft horizontal suspension.<br><br>I thought about a second battery but so far it's been OK.<br><br>
wow, 2 cylinder? lol thats sweet....Where did you find something like that?
this one found me through some friends who knew i'd be interested. i bought it in Virginia but it came over from france in 2008. this model was actually sold in the U.S. for a couple years.
really? well its a very cool car, and looks like loads of fun :)
You should look up it's predecessor, the Citroen 2CV on which the Ami is based... :)
Ami 6 is one of the coolest car ever! Very good instructable.
thanks for the complimnents on the instructable and the car!!!

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