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I have been trying to install one of WCCC's head units into my 1970 convertible. This is the unit that I bought - http://www.CougarPartsCatalog.com/usa-1.html

I also had to buy a replacement bracket for the car because mine was removed to install a modern stereo. I bought this one - http://www.CougarPartsCatalog.com/msbracket.html

I also had to replace the bezel as the previous one had been cut. As I have an XR7, I am using one that is similar to this, but it has a different woodgrain and doesn't have chrome around the knob openings - http://www.CougarPartsCatalog.com/c9zz-6504774-f.html

When I try to attach the bezel on front of the head unit, it does not fit correctly. These are the problems:

1. the stalk on the left-hand side of the unit sits too high, so that it almost presses against the top of the hole. However, the right-hand stalk seems to be at the correct height;

2. the controls consist of a bezel and a knob that are added after the main stereo bezel is attached. When I push the knob-bezel onto the stalk, it does not go far enough down the stalk on either side and barely grabs the stalk;

3. when I push the knob itself onto the stalk, it only just hangs on and does not function properly; and

4. there is a small pile of nuts, washers and spacers left and I can't for the life of me work out where they are supposed to go.

The unit did not come with (or I do not still have) an installation guide.

The only thing left that I can think of is that the bracket was bent in the post.

Has anyone experienced this problem or have any suggestions? Does anyone have a copy of an installation guide that they could scan and send me?

Photos of the finished product on another car would help, too. It does not need to be an XR7 as, I presume, the bezels are the same shape for all cars.

Thanks,
Sam
 

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I see he does recommend different knobs that are "better"....I'd give Don and the fella's a call to see what they can guide you on? I haven't tried mesing with the stereo yet, so I can't offer to much on these. Latter model stuff tends to have plenty of kits that help fit it into your car - but we are kind of out of the scope of covered cars! ;>) Let us know what works for you though, I think it could benefit those who haven't taken that plunge yet!
 

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just ordered one of the radios there. i was told (answered in an email) the knobs should work fine. I still have my originals though. should get the stuff next week or so
 

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Back when you could get a decent shaft style stereo, I tried to move the stereo shaft "arms" so that they fit the holes better. My understanding is that there is supposed to be some "wiggle room" with the shafts, so that you can move them around a bit so they fit their respective holes properly.( I did not have good luck)
You may be able to check with the companies website for better instructions, or just google 'custom autosound installation procedure" and see what you get.
For my entertainment dollar, a new, DIN style radio is the only way to fly. PLug in your MP3 player, and it's your music, all the time, with much improved sound quality, over the older style stereo's...
 

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I've just had a similar unit installed in my '68 without any problems, well my installer didn't have any problems :) I bought the one with CD changer, USB and iPod controller, everything works great!
 

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Thanks for the comments. I will let you know how I get on.
 
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