I have been about 4 years into what otherwise would of been a parted out '73 vert. I bought this poor stang sight unseen Ebay auction, priced down as it was obvious it had problems, clearly different owners, wrecks, prior "lip stick", ie, top and interior done years ago, mechanically shot, nothing working right, oddly except the 351c -which ran like new for some strange reason given the condition of the car. I paid too much to get it traylored to Arkansas. For 2 years I had the interior pulled, the filthiest car I had ever seen inside and out, struggled to fix many wrong headed work done from prior owner, only able to work late hours after coming in from work. Doors were from another car, but fit reasonably well, much screwed up vacuum, wiring, I had to wire the door speakers for the original radio which was still there (AM/FM 8 track tape). On a budget, it looked pretty hopeless, but began to come together over time. I had a good mechanic friend that stepped in on things I could not get to or do, ie trani rebuild, suspension/brakes, front end, safety issues. Finally, the stang was ready for a paint body job. So many panels, quarter panels, all of the trunk, rear end had been in so many prior body shops (prior body stuff done well though, but nothing seemed original!), so on a budget paint job, not the most expensive or cheap, I had all dents out, not much rust, but what was there removed, stayed on budget, trading for some services, etc. It came together far better than anyone (especially my very patient wife) could believe. I wanted a daily driver, and it exceeded my expectation. Not show car re-done, but good enough for me. So, what was left, why I am writing this.
The sound out of the original radio/8 track was poor, scratchy and could not pull in any decent FM. I ran across on the Internet "Restoration Radio", they claimed they could take any original radio, make it sound new with bluetooth, powerful, and it would retain its original appearance. I thought, why not? It was very expensive for me, $300 down with the radio sent in to them, and about $400 when done. But sound is important to me. I had only placed "walmart car speakers in the doors", and as I recall, nothing expensive, I did not look forward to pulling them if they did not hold up. It took them about 6 months, i had my doubts, but they were always responsive, always answered my calls for updates, emails, etc. it just seemed they were a small family shop, supply chain issues, then one day they called to confirm everything I wanted, explained everything to expect, and it was shipped to me, I just recently installed it connecting only to my front door speakers. I have to say, the sound is ASTOUNDING! A small mic was included that I ran from the right front dash under the lip hat works to take or make phone calls, it pulls in every FM station, the 8 track is like new ( I love my old 8 track tapes), I hate to say it, but it was worth breaking my budget! The Restoration radio people were refreshingly different, they wanted it RIGHT, every detail, several phone calls from them prior to shipping. I was impressed. So what did I do today, I took a drive, and listened to AC/DC with the top down, I felt 50 years younger.