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VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installMy wife Abby had a 1991 VW Cabriolet. It was a great little car and reliable.

Most of the series of pictures don't have captions, but someone wanted to see the dashboard pictures, so I quickly threw together this site.

This series of photos is of a CD player installation. Since the standard VW tape player is designed to work with special speakers, there was some extra work involved. I basically removed the amplifiers from the special speakers. This operation turned them into 'normal' speakers.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installThis is the CD player adapter from Crutchfield. I had to cut an extra hole in the top to allow access to a screw in the dashboard. The hole is shown in these images in the top of the adapter. It is necessary to preserve access to that screw in order to remove the dashboard trim to change instrument cluster lights.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installClose up of the hole.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installAnother shot.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installThis is the ball peen hammer I used to flatten the edges of the hole.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installThat looks like the completed hole.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installIn this image the hole is not quite right. Notice the screw head, paritally covered up.

VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installI have this sheet metal nibber that I used on the hole. Nibblers are a great idea, but this one is terrible.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installThe nibbler's jaws. This is not a good tool, but comes in handy now and then.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installThe enlarged hole.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installNow we have full access to the screw.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installThis is what the CD player adapter looks like in the dashboard.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installThis is a whole series so you'll have a good idea how it should fit.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installRight side. Note the retaining tabs bent out.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installBottom. Retaining tabs bent down.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installLower right.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installTop and the screw.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installLeft, top.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installLeft. Not retaining tabs.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installLeft, lower.
VW Cabriolet, CD player, radio, installLower right.