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Thomasbuilt_547
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Posted - 10/04/2012 :  09:31:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Always wondered this, if you had a bus wihtout a radio, could you easily pop the panel back and plug a radio in? Same with speakers could you cut out the metal and simply install speakers like plug and play? I've torn apart a '94 Thomas before and the speakers looked as if they were installed after the bus was built as an option. The holes were all jagged like someon eh ad cut them with a jigsaw. Any input?

Thomasbus24
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Posted - 10/04/2012 :  10:14:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The buses we had of that vintage did have holes as you describe, so it may be that was a factory install!

Adding a radio is no plug and play. Unless the wiring was ordered in the bus, it wont be there, you would have to add it.
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Thomasbuilt_547
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Posted - 10/04/2012 :  12:09:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
alright then sounds good. I'm looking at buying one without a radio to convert into a camper but i'm not going to let a radio steer me from buying a great bus.

All I need is my Thomas
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bigredmachine
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Posted - 10/04/2012 :  4:59:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've seen aftermarket radios installed somewhat in that way. Instead of attempting to install the speakers in the ceiling, most just put two 6x9s in the front and rear bulkheads. A lot easier than fiddling with the ceiling and will give you much better sound. Now if you have a bus that would have speakers mounted on the side wire covers (Ward, Amtran, IC, Wayne), then you could probably pop them off and drill some holes.

Formerly BlueBirdMan
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