Andrew needs help with a question about LE monaro speakers…

Please see the email thread below!

Help if you can.

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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the reply!

The oval speaker in the dash centre that I’m talking about is just the standard single speaker that was put in with the most basic radio package. It’s not easy to take a photo from under the dash as you pretty much have to dismantle the dashboard (console out, ventilation ducts out) to see it clearly. If you look at the top of the dash, though, you can clearly see the grille above it. Is that clearer?

I was talking to the other dude (another Andrew) yesterday and mentioned that I’d asked you this question. He’s still pretty adamant that his car didn’t have them. I wonder if it was one of those cases of “ah, shit, we’ve run out of the part…never mind, just ship it without”??? He says the kick panels he has appear original and don’t have cutouts. Conversely, my kick panels *also* appear original, have and the same (crap) speakers that are mounted in the parcel shelf along with the same grilles. So I dunno…

Go ahead and post my question to the site! I was looking for a way to do it myself but I couldn’t find it.

Cheers – Andrew
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Subject: RE: Question!
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 22:14:25 +1000
Hi Andrew,

Awesome question, will do some investigation and come back to you asap. Everything seems right except for a 1x oval speaker mounted in the centre of the dash… Can you send me a pic?

I’m almost 100% certain your friend is incorrect; from the factory there were always 4 speakers, 2 in the rear parcel and 2 in the kick panels (front passenger side and driver side) to take advantage of the 4 channel ‘quadraphonic’ sound experience! However, now you’ve asked the question, small doubts are creeping into my mind…! I want to double check to be sure.

Anyway, If I get stuck would it be ok to post your question on the site so other LE fans can answer it?

Cheers and thanks again for the question…

Chris

Subject: Question!

Hey Chris,

Stumbled on your LE Monaro site, good stuff!

I have a question about the original sound system(s) in LEs, that came up on the weekend.

I have an LE which had, when I got it:
– original AM radio, with 1x oval speaker mounted in the centre of the dash and a round rear speaker mounted in the centre of the parcel shelf. The F/R fader is in the dash next to the lighter.
– original 8 track, with 4 oval speakers: front 2 in the kick panels, rear 2 in the parcel shelf. They all looked original to me…

Now my friend is just finishing a rebuild on his LE and swears blind that his original kick panels had no speakers and the 8 track only ever had (from the factory) the two rear parcel shelf speakers.

So the question is, do you know which is factory correct?

Cheers – Andrew

Kel’s looking for some help! Please respond in the comments section if you can…

Hi Chris,

Um please help! I have been the proud owner of a LE Coupe now for 18 months, it is in excellent condition throughout, my dilemma is the identification plates have been stolen sometime in its history, I know, your thinking silly me but i bought the car on the understanding that i could call Holden and state the engine and chasis numbers to obtain some sort of plate or paper stating the cars aurthantisity as i have a friend who said it is a common problem with the Mustangs as well and Ford can help (knowing of an occasion).

Well i have called Holden on two occasions and both times have been told that they require the vin number to start the search but obviously this plate is missing, their only advise is to contact the clubs and ask if they have any records but sounds like I’m getting the run around, I don’t see why they couldn’t search by the chasis and/or engine numbers. It is a real shame as the car is very clearly a genuine LE, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks Kel.

Hey guys, Tony needs help with an LE monaro spare wheel cover…

Hi Chris ,

mate i have had my LE for 30years now and over that time i have lost my spear wheel cover it is made of carpet as you know, would you know of one that is for sale , i know i can get 1 made but i want an original,

Tony WA

Chris replies: Hey Tony, thanks for dropping me a line. If I was you, I’d probably ask an auto upholsterer to try and make one up for you. They should be able to ship one up pretty quick and close to spec. Hope this helps! CT

A Le Monaro video collection from YouTube. Enjoy!

Here is a list of some cool videos from YouTube on the LE Monaro

Here’s a pretty quick LE: 12.5 seconds for the Quarter Mile is no slouch on the street –  I’m telling ya!

I do like this one, (although after about 10 seconds of burn-out action, I’m starting to feel sorry for the car) but I think there’s a lot more effort in earning the money to pay someone to build you a hot motor, than it does to gently squeeze an accelerator pedal… and apply the brakes at the same time.

This next video is not of an LE, but a blown HQ Monaro – but what stuns me is the fact that a 17 second video has received almost 1.2 million views! Far out:

Now I’m not endorsing this last video, bit it is seriously amazing. Who built this engine?