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1. Stick with the Becker Europa I currently have and install a secondary modern digital unit into the glove box or smugglers hole which is amplified and speakered up, with Bluetooth and iPod connections.
If you go this route, consider a blanking plate or putting other controls there. Even the original stereos in these cars didn't look great. Here's my thread on accomplishing the glovebox head unit in my E30: Head unit in the glovebox - R3VLimited Forums

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6. Bite the bullet and buy a Traffic Pro and get a professional electronics specialist to shave off the excess plastic so it can be fully integrated behind the dash panel like the Singer.
This thing is already a decade old. Integrating with an iOS/Android device looks like a real finicky affair.

I would try and stick with standard components that aren't specially integrated. Maybe one day iPods stop using USB and A2DP Bluetooth...Who knows. With the more proprietary selections, you'll have a hard time replacing them if you ever want to.
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I would try and stick with standard components that aren't specially integrated. Maybe one day iPods stop using USB and A2DP Bluetooth...Who knows. With the more proprietary selections, you'll have a hard time replacing them if you ever want to.
I would, but I am specifically looking to make the interior look custom built and unique, but in a dignified and utilitarian way. I certainly do not want star wars colour schemes blinking away on my dash...
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If dignified understatement is the requirement, I may have found a winner....



No buttons or bling, and can be set to go dark when not required. If it can be fitted into the dash seamlessly, it might be perfect.

Only problem is I can't find anyone selling one!
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The Alpine 149BT can be set to have just white colours on it's display and I think looks pretty nice and correct in the earlier cars.
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I'm also struggling for a solution to do with the seatbelt warning light thingy... I always wear a seatbelt and it doesn't work anyway. I think they look ugly, so thinking of replacing it with a USB port or something, but I am open to suggestions...

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More progress!!! The trim dudes over at Awesome Trim have sent me some pictures of my dash after it had been recovered by Greg. The vinyl that I chose was a bit of a radical choice as I just couldn't put some plastic on the dash that is supposed to look like leather, but doesn't.

So I decided for something a bit more 21st Century for my classic, and when I saw the photos I breathed a sigh of relief. I realise it might not be everyone's cup of tea but I think it looks great. Can't wait to see it in the car...






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I like the way your dash turned out, leather texturing is fine but certainly not the only way to go. You said that this is a vinyl material? Do you know what process they used to apply the material?
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I like the way your dash turned out, leather texturing is fine but certainly not the only way to go. You said that this is a vinyl material? Do you know what process they used to apply the material?
I originally wanted to cover the dash in real black leather, but Greg at Awesome Trim advised me against it as it would crack and fade in a couple of years, even in grey old England. I had to agree with his logic, so as this is a restomod I wanted something that looked more modern without taking away the 70s feel of the car.

So, we discussed a lot of vinyls and I decided on this: Diamante, DIA-6615 Carbon

Diamante*DIA-6615*Carbon Vinyl fabric

It has a matt finish so should reduce glare on the rare sunny days we have in England. I'm seeing the guys on Friday and hopefully will get some better photos, but I think Greg used a heat gun and with another pair of hands stretched it over the dash for a snug fit. I can't wait to see it, but from the photos it has turned out even better than I expected.

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Having had a discussion with Greg and Glenn, they are confident that they can fabricate a rear seat delete like this:



This is obviously not from a 911, but I think it would look even better than the expensive Porsche OEM one. The thing I have always felt about RSD setups is they look homemade and an afterthought, but this one seems to visually work for me.

With the spaces inside for storage, and two custom-made leather duffel bags sitting on the rack, I think it will not look out of place in Casino Square in Monte Carlo...

Thoughts?
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That's pretty sweet, but might be a bit overstated, depending on the rest of the interior. The side pouches, shiny countertop, and speakers look a bit...I'm gonna go ahead and say tacky.
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That's pretty sweet, but might be a bit overstated, depending on the rest of the interior. The side pouches, shiny countertop, and speakers look a bit...I'm gonna go ahead and say tacky.
If it was going to be exactly like that I would agree with you, but it will be without the side pockets and Im not planning on any speakers in the back. Its simply the concept of a curved lid covering the rear seat recesses. Mine will be considerable less 'blingy', and I just wanted something that did not look like a couple of pieces of plywood screwed together.

If you have an alternative idea for a RSD, Id love to look at it, but so far the curved edge and luggage racks are looking the best to me.
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Nope, that's exactly what I'd do to that photo.
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I like your idea of the curve / carpet - I was thinking about incorporating a Cayman style mesh hold down. A little more purposeful looking - and maybe practical?

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I like your idea of the curve / carpet - I was thinking about incorporating a Cayman style mesh hold down. A little more purposeful looking - and maybe practical?

I was thinking more in terms of having hard points in place to hook on a net, rather than have one permanently fixed. The shelf will have leather straps to hold down bags and the effect will be something like this:



Or this:

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But the bags I have seen are recycled saddles made in Morocco, and they are sold at Spitalfields Market in London. Once the RSD is in place, I will measure up and the chap can have two duffel bags made to my sizes that look something like this:




Or simpler ones like this:



Tomorrow I am going to the paint shop as they will hopefully be spraying my car, and mightily exciting that will be too!
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Hey RW, with leather bags like that back there, might as well get matching luggage for Lady Wrench that fits in the frunk!

All in all, it's a bit much for me, but I love your enthusiasm.

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Hey RW, with leather bags like that back there, might as well get matching luggage for Lady Wrench that fits in the frunk!

All in all, it's a bit much for me, but I love your enthusiasm.
Its his and hers bags in the back, but they do not sit there all the time, only when on a trip.

When you say its a bit much, what do you mean...? Too gentlemanly and not sporty enough? Too much modernizing?
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I meant, just a little too Ferrari like. But it does remind me a bit of the 356's rear hatch luggage rack, and accompanying trunk.
I'm guessing it'll be way cool, and make many people jealous. I'm just not convinced a porsche should have custom luggage.

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