A client from Tamaqua recently contacted Mobile Edge in Lehighton to inquire about upgrading the car stereo and replacing the window tint on his 1984 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The old tint had turned purple and was peeling away from the windows. We explained how our new steamer could remove the old tint and adhesive, and we showed him a few radio and speaker upgrade options that would breathe new life into this awesome third-generation pony car.
Trans Am Window Tint Removal and Replacement
We started by removing the old tint from the windows using our new SteamBlade. The hot steam softens the old adhesive and allows us to remove the tint efficiently with minimal scraping. The fact that the film had already started to peel made the process easier.
Once the windows were clean, we prepped 3M’s new Black Shade window film and applied it to the massive rear window of the Trans Am as well as the side windows. Black Shade film delivers excellent protection from UVA and UVB rays to protect the driver and the passenger from the damaging effects of the sun.
Modern Technology for a Classic Pontiac
The client wanted a radio that included Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming features. After looking through the options on our display, the client chose an MVH-S300BT single-DIN digital media receiver from Pioneer. The new radio fit into the center console location using a plastic adapter plate that secures the radio to the four factory mounting locations.
The preamp output of the new Pioneer radio is connected to a four-channel Hertz HCP4 amplifier. We mounted the amp in the passenger-side trunk area of the vehicle behind the plastic trim panel. We created a custom mount for the amp by welding together rectangular steel tubes and plates into something that would hold the amp in place in the spare tire area.
The front channels of the HCP4 feed a pair of Hertz Dieci 4×6-inch DCX460.3 two-way coaxial speakers that are mounted in the dash locations. The rear channels of the amp feed a set of matching Dieci DCX 690.3 speakers that are installed in the rear sail panels. With all the gear installed, we set the sensitivity controls and crossovers on the Hertz amp to ensure that the system would play loud and clear without distorting.
Carbon County’s Audio Upgrade Experts
With the audio system upgrade installed and the window tint replacement complete, the client returned to Mobile Edge in Lehighton to pick up his Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. He was thrilled with the way the new tint restored the black-on-black look of the car, and he was blown away by the sound of the new audio system. If you are interested in enhancing your vehicle, click the button below to contact us.
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