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First off, lots of large pics; hit the back button NOW if you are short on bandwidth!


I've been working on this for a while, it’s not quite done, but I thought I would share it anyway. This is a full function Car PC with full Music library, DVD, Sirius, Nav, BT phone & audio streaming, Internet, OBD, voice control, backup camera and more all handled by a laptop PC running W8.1 with a front end software for ease of use in a vehicle.

The laptop used was driven over and had the screen broken but all boards survived, internal DVD unit sort of works…when it wants to. Please don’t ask how or why I would drive over a 6 month old (at the time) laptop…

Here's the victim:



The system that came out: Alpine W205 w/blackbird GPS, Parrot BT kit, some infinity speakers in front & back doors & a couple of Infinity amps & overhead screen:



 

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Framing & Fiberglass

I built a sub box & loaded it with a with 12" RD Sonance DVC sub:




Something to stretch cloth over:


The sub box slides into frame with almost zero clearance:


Rear seat framed up:


Stretched:


Wetted out:


Layed up & test fit:
 

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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
Fitting Components into FG Shell

Home for the storage bucket:


Carnage from retrieving the bucket:


Storage bucket cut from original middle seat:


Components to be cut into console:


Layed out:


Cut in and test fitted:
 

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Discussion Starter · #4 · (Edited)
A change of equipment & planned installation locations

Original plan was to hang the amps on sub box and mount Power distribution & Inverter under the seat:




This plan was abandoned once the decision was made to physically downsize one of the amps & replace the second with a similar to original.
Replacement amps:


Speakers were replaced with a couple sets of JL's going here:


Mounted on these:

Tweeters later got switched out with a pair of Alpine...the JL's could rip your eardrums out from 50'....

I reworked the under seat area to hold amps and processor plus fab'd up a mount for the rear wall to hold power distribution & Inverter:

Now that everything has a home, time to start the finishing....
 

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Sanding &…..

sanding....filling....sanding....filling...sand... OK you get the idea:


Layed up a bucket to hold some switches:

 

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Sub Box Mod

Before Priming I decided I had to do something with the side of the box that was originally slated to have amps on it....so...


Played around with some LED's
 

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Added Some Color

I Did a base/clear coat in Medium Wedgewood blue to match the truck:

Rear Wall Power Distribution & Inverter Mount:


Under Seat Components:


Sub Window Panels:


Rear Rack:


Main Console:
 

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Prepared the Truck for Installation

Somewhere around 125' of Be-quiet:



Rough-in the wiring:


Deadened doors and made up plugs for the large openings:



Aero Tape around the openings:


Friction fit plugs and taped in. Removable for service:


Speaker Mounts:


Speakers and plugs installed:


Original weather shield pulled back over doors:
 

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Discussion Starter · #10 · (Edited)
Looking Buff…

The paint now needed to be buffed, I used this:


After buffing & a couple coats of Zaino's polish:
 

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Misc Parts Installed

Did this earlier in the project but here is the install of the 8" widescreen touch screen:



Pointed the OBD port forward so the adapter used to feed the computer could stay plugged in and not in the way:


Replaced the AM/FM antenna with a wifi antenna:


Added LED's under doors as courtesy lights:



Installed two Mics:



Added a Backup Camera:


Fabricated some mounts for the Sirius Radio & adapter, BT module, Sound Card, PC Power Supply & USB Hubs:
 

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Last of the sub-assembly before installing console

The Power board, fuse block and DVD unit were mounted under the storage bucket:


The laptop and balance of the peripherals were mounted in the main body of the console:


The CB was skinned and slid right in after everything else was in place:


Rear wall was wired up & Inverter Installed:
 

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Discussion Starter · #13 · (Edited)
Time to put it together

Kicker sub control was mounted under the steering column and last wiring between dash & console completed before marrying the console up with the dash:


Amps were mounted to the cover panel and wired on the bench:


Then installed – the panel flips up like an engine hood for service:




I like the mechanical mounting aspect of the door speakers and concept of the color matched trim rings but the fit of the trim rings is not good, I will be doing something with the door panels this summer. I still have the door pockets to re-install as well.
 

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@96 Cobra - thanks for the props

@Googs - It has been an ongoing project for quite a while,I installed just the PC under the middle front seat for a while to test. I then built the console and installed it and drove the truck for 1-2 years like that then just last summer removed it and finished it.

Next plan is to have the H701 processor tuned (it's beyond my capability).

I also will be replacing the monitor in the dash with a 10.4" transflective screen which will require modifying the dash, maybe relocating the HVAC controls, but I'm just not sure where to put them if they have to go.

I need to have some interior upholstery work done as well.

Regarding hearing aids, yes it is harder to keep the volume down but I'm doing my best. Besides why would I need hearing aids to hear this system? I can just feel it...
 

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alverez_8: thank you very much.

GreatWhite: it was a sickness I developed over the years, no support groups for it that I could find so it just kept progressing. I think I have it in remission for the time being though...
 

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Sorry dieselnick, I missed checking this thread somehow. Thank you very much for the comments. The system sounds great in the driveway while it waits for an engine :(

But I will enjoy it once the truck is back up and running so it's all good...

The larger 10.1" multitouch screen was in the works for this spring but I guess it has to run first

Cheers
 

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hahaha...plans?....umm, where did I put those plans....

It was kind of scary how little I had on paper for this, it just kind of happened with a few rough dimensions and a bit of flying by the seat of my pants.
 
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