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    2013 Taurus SHO worklog

    So I'm plotting my CarPC install in my new Taurus.

    The first point of contention is that the stock system employs a touch-screen for far too many of the once easily-accessible functions.
    The second problem is that the few actual buttons on the stock system are flush-mounted and non-tactile.

    Here's the current system:
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    So I'm actually going to try to downgrade the dash. I found one on e-bay that I like, and it turns out the company selling it is located 3 miles from my house. I'm going to run up there in 10 minutes.
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    It's from a 2010, and I don't know 100% that it will work. But sometimes we tinkerers throw money at things just to find out. It looks like the feature-set buttons match the package on my car (no heated/cooled seat contols).


    I feel that having a more tactile interface will be good, regardless of CarPC plans.
    I also want to paint the chrome trim. I can't stand sunlight reflecting off of chrome. Especially in my car. After I try swapping the radios tonight, I will look into using the removed radio to test my painting or plasti-dip skills.


    Step 2 will be mounting a screen, probably covering the small LCD and the buttons above it.


    The power and aux inputs are in the center-console, so some wiring will need to be done.

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    I drove to the place. Called them from down the block 10 minutes before they closed. They pretty much told me they were closing up for the day.

    Doesn't "Open 8:00 to 5:30" mean you're still doing business until 5:30? Or am I just in a dickhead mood today?

    I honestly cannot remember the last time I called a store to buy something and had it seem like such an inconvenience for them. I was even willing to pay above the ebay price.
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    I am almost certain that Gandhi (or somebody that looked JUST like him) said this:

    “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.”
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    Well said.

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    I would order it from someone else, even if I paid more and waited longer for shipping, just because.

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    The worst part is, I didn't do anything about finding another one, and this one sure is close by, and they seem like they will have a large selection..
    We'll see.

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    So close and available seems like a no brainer to just buy from them and not be happy about it. SNO

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    Exactly. I want to get my PC in my car again ASAP.

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    Was really hoping you'd just hack a better method of controlling those features. Removing my HVAC would allow me to up the screen size further.

    Love the car though. I had a 92 built to Stage 3 by the SHO Shop. That thing was a BEAST.

    Yours will REALLY wake up with a tune, doesn't take much to get those things into the 11'.s. My carpc doubles as my HP Tuners front end....which benefits from more real estate for the monitor.

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    I want physical buttons whenever possible.

    I've been looking at a lot of the OEM radio's available for the Taurus, and some look like they *might* be pin-compatible (meaning all the right plugs).
    Not sure if some anti-theft thing will force me to go to the dealer if I try to install a radio from a different trim/year.

    I smile every time I drive this thing. The day the warranty lapses (or close enough), I'll be getting a tune.



    I'm tempted to pick this up for $50, even though my Sync system doesn't have nav, and see what happens:
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    Also, I updated the Sync software in the car. That took like 25-30 minutes, sitting in my driveway with the car running. I could have installed Win7, ROMed my phone, and made some break-and-bake cookies in that time.
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