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32 THE SHOP JUNE 2019 However, even that truck didn't have any support in the roof. It would have been nice if he had bonded or welded a support into the roof. TS: Would you say a lot of rodders don't plan things out as well as they should? Boettcher: Usually they have a plan, but don't ask the right questions. The yellow truck owner is doing a '37 Ford fiberglass Phaeton and I'm getting the car before he paints it. I'll put panels in ahead of time. It's really cool when we can do that. He'll drive it all summer with the panels in, and in the fall he'll be able to tell me, "This worked and that didn't." When I get it, all the problems will be worked through. TS: What about planning wiring? Boettcher: That's important. For instance, no one wants to see an antenna anymore. Most rodders want a little 18-inch stick- on-type antenna you can hide. Usually, it's best to put it as far away from the radio as possible and up high at the roofline. I had trouble getting it there in one sedan because the owner didn't leave a big enough hole. Coaxial cables are pretty big—about 3/8- or 7/16-inches—and you have to have a place to sneak them through. TS: What about wiring techniques? Boettcher: I try to work as neatly as pos- sible and never cut wires and then have to splice them. That creates electrical issues and opportunities for breakage. When you buy a stereo, the harness is usually clipped to the back. There are only six to 10 wires and you can solder them to the wires and leads, then shrink-wrap them to make them as nice as you can. TS: Any final advice? Boettcher: Don't buy your audio products too soon. The guy who owned a Ford sedan I was doing bought the stereo and speakers well in advance. By the time the build ended, his stereo was practically outdated. The tech- nology changes every three to six months, so only buy when you plan to install it immediately. JOHN GUNNELL has been writing about classic cars since 1972. He is also the owner of Gunner's Great Garage in Manawa, Wisconsin. He owns 11 cars and seven motorcycles. Here's how the console fits. A dock was built into it so the '57 Chevy owner could use his Apple devices. The original-style '57 Chevy radio remained in the dashboard. Modern audio equipment, like this Apple Dock system, is often preferred by modern hot rodders. Alpine makes this clean-looking CD head. Here's a pair of Alpine speakers that would work well in a hot rod. Custom Autosound's Secretaudio SST-V with Bluetooth is a 200-watt AM/FM radio with USB MP3/WMA flash drive, iPod control and CD control, and is satellite-ready via Bluetooth aux- iliary capability. Featuring radio frequency remote control, the system is ideal for street rods and classics. NOW HEAR THIS

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