Work began at Audio Shoppe after Reed delivered his ’37 sans any interior. Hush Mat, from Olathe, Kansas, produces the foil-backed, sound-deadening material used in the car, which also serves as a vibration reducer and a thermal barrier. Once Hickman designed the special subwoofer enclosure and installed and wired the rest of the system using Arc Audio gear, the car went to Gabe’s Street Rod Custom Interior in San Bernardino, California, where owner Gabe Lopez crafted an old-time interior for Reed’s ride that hid every component of the audio system. Lopez’s interiors have been used by hundreds of street rod owners, including many Ridler- and AMBR-winning hot rods.
The system, as it turns out, works really well and, despite his best efforts, Reed can easily hear his music over the exhaust note produced by his engine, even while cruising down the highway or burning the hides in a friend’s driveway.
There’s no evidence of a big-sound speaker system once Gabe gets the rear section covered either. The slot is behind the material, just above the mini storage box mounted over the tunnel. An advantage was in the material choice: fabric instead of leather (which would have necessitated holes punched in it or vents attached).