What happens when the used chair you buy at significant discount from a shady Internet retailer turns out to be an intensely ugly ’80s orange and your girl forbids it from staying in the house? You tear it apart, get some fabric, and recover it. 


1937 Ford Hidden Sounds

1. There really is a science in figuring out how sound moves through the air, and Hickman understands how it works. He designed this down-firing, slot-loaded, subwoofer enclosure to maximize the effect. It’s roughly 42 inches wide, 10 inches deep, and 9 inches tall and made out of 3/4-inch MDF.

2. Gabe Lopez uses 1/4-inch panels to construct the interior. You can see one of the four 5-1/4-inch Arc Audio midrange speakers used in the car (two in the rear quarters, with the other two located in the forward kick panels.).

3. There’s no evidence of a big-sound speaker system once Gabe gets the rear section covered either. The slot is behind the material, just above the mini storage box mounted over the tunnel. An advantage was in the material choice: fabric instead of leather (which would have necessitated holes punched in it or vents attached).

4. The kick panels contain another pair of 5-1/4-inch speakers and, once Lopez covered the panels in cloth, you don’t see a thing.

5. A small 4V pre-amp with tone and fade controls were installed in the glovebox.

6. A mini volume control (PAC LC1)was mounted out of view and under the seat where Reed will sit.

7. Audio Shoppe also offers aluminum mounting brackets for the fifth-gen Nano so the unit doesn’t slide around the car’s interior, but Reed doesn’t use one of these with his system. When someone looks into Reed’s ’37, the small fifth-gen Nano connected to a data buss cable (which allows charging of the Nano, too) is all they will see.