Ok guys, I got my deck installed. Thanks for all the quick replies when I got stuck a couple of times!
This is a HOW TO on installation of a double din deck in a 2003 1.5 Din F150.
My truck is a 2003 Lariat FX4. The deck I will be installing is a Pioneer AVH-P3200 DVD unit. I got it online shipped to my door for $225!!!
DISCONNECT YOUR NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE!!
First, here's a pic of the boring factory Cd/cassette unit.
Next, you need to have a Ford radio removal tool, OR make your own like I did out of a clothes hanger!
Pull the oval dash straight out, and in my case, disconnect the 4x4 plug.
This is what you will have.
Once the dash is out of the way, use your homemade removal tool and remove the factory radio.
Disconnect the wire harnesses and radio antenna.
Now, I'm using the Metra kit, and it's instructions advised to remove the HVAC..so I did that to have a little more room.
Just unplug the wire harnesses from the HVAC as well.
Here are some angles.
Ok, now I took my Pioneer and held it up to the opening to see how much I would have to cut. I took a flat screwdriver and made a score mark to go by.
Now I started with a Dremel with a cutting bit.
Here's the progress.
Then I switched to a sanding bit when I got closer. I still kept putting the pioneer up and trying to make score marks.
I had to remove this factory bracket that's held in with a few 10mm bolts.
Now, you will have to loosen a few dash screws to get that bracket out.
Here's some rough fits.
Now, I find it a lot easier to do the wire harness INSIDE of your nice warm (or cool) cozy home/garage/etc.etc. So that's what I did as far as connecting the wire harnesses. This Pioneer is a DVD unit and I did not want to have to depress the parking brake everytime I wanted to view a video. So I did the BYPASS; I followed this You Tube video to a tee:
It's pretty self-explanatory. Just FYI...the black ground from the RELAY and the black ground from the wire harness adapter were put together. The Pioneer harness has another ground for chassis. Here's a quick pic of the harness in the truck.