Back in our July 2012 issue we printed a technical story on how to restore a set of door panels for an A-body--a '69 El Camino to be precise. Not only were the stock door panels worn out, but they were littered with aftermarket speakers. If you have owned a Chevelle or El Camino then you know these were not built with good audio systems. Most only had one center speaker and that just won't cut it in these 5.1 surround sound, touchscreen, iPod days. While the rear areas of the Chevelle/El Camino are not such of an issue, the front area is less than optimum for good speaker placement.
Year One has a product that will allow you to easily install a decent size set of speakers in the front without doing any permanent damage to the car. It's a replacement set of kick panels constructed out of ABS plastic that has been redesigned to house a 6.5-inch 80-watt two-way speaker, which is included for only $159.99. The kicks are offered for '64-72 models for A/C and non-A/C-equipped cars. The new panels come in black only, but Year One also offers all the correct A-body dyes so you can match them to your interior. The installation is pretty straightforward but we mapped it all out in the following photos just to give you an idea of how simple it can be to upgrade the tunes in your ride without doing any permanent damage.