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    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    This intercom is still one of my favorite additions but I had some whining in the background that would change with engine rpm which sounded a lot like a turbo whistle. Some folks in the radio forum found that grounding the amplifier itself to the same ground as its power source would eliminate...
  2. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    77 AMG, how is your crew cab conversion going?
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    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    77 AMG, I don't know much about the CVC helmets but they look like they would be fun to use (at least for short durations). Are you going to have helmets on all ends of your intercom?
  4. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    I ended up with both the flat plug (E model) and the round style (F model) bailout connectors.
  5. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    Here are some random photos of the H161 headsets and some of the intercom cables. I got (4) NOS headsets from 1993; 2 were H-161E/U and the other 2 were H-161F/U.
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    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    oh, cool! I emailed him some photos of my finished installation along with my gratitude for the quality of their work. Knowledgeable he is. Even after studying through the intercom technical manuals for months I still struggled to have a conversation at his level, but he is exactly the kind of...
  7. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    Purchased Parts list for the entire 4 station VIC-1 intercom system: (1) AM-1780/VRC Amplifier (4) C-2298/VRC Crewmember control boxes (2) H-161E/U headsets (2) H-161F/U headsets (1) CX-4720/VRC 12' Power cord, battery to amplifier (was 1' too short & I really needed a 13' version) (1)...
  8. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    Thanks for the compliment, much appreciated!
  9. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    Thank you and you're welcome.
  10. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    Here are the final installation photos with everything cleaned up and in place! Driving around with an intercom makes cruises a pretty unique experience. It's nice to have the outside noise sealed out and be able to talk to passengers without yelling. I have been hooking up my ipod to...
  11. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    It's all starting to come together now that the intercom components are going on!
  12. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    Getting closer to the finish line and some details before the soft top goes back on. I put some trim-loc rubber edging on all of the sheet metal edges that were not hemmed so that the top wouldn't get rubbed thru - it also gives the panel a nice finished look. With the panel mounted &...
  13. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    On the passenger side of the panel the wire to the battery goes through a rubber grommet, out over the roof tube elbow, and the into a grommeted hole I drilled in the side cab support. Now the wire is hidden inside the tube and is heading straight for the batteries.
  14. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    The wiring for the courtesy lights is basic and pretty simple to put together. I used all military connectors and wire (14 ga.), but the bulb receptacles used 16 ga. connectors. The wiring goes from the battery to the circuit breaker then to port A on the switch. Port B (taillight...
  15. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    Now I'm into the really fun stuff - detail lettering! The two options are to apply a decal or paint the lettering on. The decals seem cheesy and would probably not last as long as the painting option so I went to a graphics design place to have them cut out the words I wanted in vinyl with...
  16. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    Next up is assembling the courtesy lights. The bulb receptacle gets inserted into the bulb holder and then the bulb is installed and then the taillight cover is attached to the front of the panel. The bulb receptacles are simple two wire, dual contact, BAY15D pattern base units made for the...
  17. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    I did a mockup of the cabling before painting the panel which allowed me to locate the cable hold downs and get some holes tapped in the hem of the sheet metal. Now a couple coats of 383 green and some black plastidip.
  18. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    There was a lot of TIG welding being done to this panel and it's all finished. I can't take credit for the welds as my coworker who loves the challenge of surgical grade and cosmetic welding did all of the welding for my panel. He did an awesome job! The flange corners got welded closed, the...
  19. US6x4

    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    I brought the panel home for a quick mock up to make sure it fit before welding on any of the tapped blocks or the switch cover. It fits well and looks good! Now it's time to get the parts welded together.
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    VIC-1 intercom panel for soft tops

    Thank you! I'm hoping I thought of everything so it should turn out fairly nice.
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