Vanagon – front door speaker mounts – painted

A year ago I made some speaker mounts to help hide the torn up lower half of the front door panels, and to mount the speakers more securely. It was a previous owner that installed (and cut some door metal) these speaker and it really wasn’t a very good job. My solution worked out ok, but I tired of the unfinished aluminum look and the speaker grills had been kicked repeatedly and were dented. I can’t really blame anyone for the kicking, the speakers are in a vulnerable spot.

So I pulled them off, took them apart, and reformed the stainless mesh grills back into a shallow dome. Then I painted everything with rattle  can bed liner. I think the paint stiffens up the stainless mesh, gluing the wire crossings. I painted some plastic screw cap covers to match.

Original look:



New look:

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  1. #1 by Robert on June 18, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    It’s fun to make these upgrades. You did a fine job… good smart choices. Gold Star. I like the covers you have for the wiring harness pass through on the doors too. All trick.

    • #2 by albell on June 18, 2013 - 5:58 pm

      Thanks Robert,

      It is fun to do these little things. What I was especially pleased about is how the stainless mesh I bought worked out so well as grills. Sometimes you get into a mindset thinking that you can’t duplicate a commercial product, but the mesh comes pretty close, and is very easy to do.



  2. #3 by Robert H. Elliott on June 18, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    These are very impressive…. visually they’re commercial grade to my eye. The thing I really appreciate about your talents are that you are so flexible with it i.e. you have a style sense to know when you’ve got it right and when it isn’t quite there … qualities of an artist!

    Robert H. Elliott
    ’86 Syncro 1.6TD

    • #4 by albell on June 18, 2013 - 7:53 pm

      Hi Robert,

      hey I think you’re going a bit far with the artist comment – you should see some of the things I’ve made. I find the hard part is realizing what I have in mind. You get an idea or image, but then when you make what ever it is, it doesn’t seem right. So you have to do over, and over, and over. I don’t think I have a big deficit in spatial thinking, but criminy, I sure do need to see the thing in real life.

      BTW, you have to tell me more about your 1.6td syncro.



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