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    Volvo 740 screen mounting!

    So... I've been trying to find the best way to mount my 7" widescreen in my 740 for a while now and think I've found the best spot... Thought I'd post some pictures to maybe get some feedback what u pros think!


    Trying to see if it fits before going to the car, everyone that have seen a 740 knows where it is... had to sacrifice the 12V outlet but hey... that life...


    First mounting in car... I thought that I maybe had enough room to mount my dvd below the screen but it was to tight so I just mounted it in my glove compartment instead.


    This is how it looks today, I've fastened it with some hot glue, there is a bit of plexi at the bottom where I have mounted my USB hubb, really nice to just plug in the mp3 player and have some new music in the car...

    The thing is that I realized today that every other install I've looked at here in the forum the back of the screen is detached, I left mine and begin to wonder if I might be getting some heat problems or something, before I glued the plexi part there I was able to get my hand in and feel the back of the screen and sometimes it was pretty warm!
    I've never had any problems though but what do u think?

    The screen and the pleci is 2-3mm below the frame so all I have left is getting some fiberglass goo there and then sand it down to a nice finish...

    Comments & Suggestions would be nice tough, should I change anything before making it final?
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    ionno, but i usually mount the back of my housing onto the screen. the screen itself is made to dissipate heat anyhow, so thats the way i figure it, but i also have alot of room behind the screen. Usually you have to remove the bezel to mount the screen and epoxy/fiberglass/sand because you don't want crap going everywhere onto it. Oh, by the way... i REALLY would recommend you get rid of all that hot glue, it's a PITA to lay either fiberglass or epoxy over that and sand it down because the hot glue has a rubbery texture...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarX View Post
    ionno, but i usually mount the back of my housing onto the screen. the screen itself is made to dissipate heat anyhow, so thats the way i figure it, but i also have alot of room behind the screen. Usually you have to remove the bezel to mount the screen and epoxy/fiberglass/sand because you don't want crap going everywhere onto it. Oh, by the way... i REALLY would recommend you get rid of all that hot glue, it's a PITA to lay either fiberglass or epoxy over that and sand it down because the hot glue has a rubbery texture...
    Thanks for the great answer... Since the screen is mounted in the part where the stereo usually is I have now way of doing any changes to the back of it once it's there... thats why I have to make everything with the screen mounted! I was just going to cover it with some special tape and newspaper or something... like u do when painting windows!

    About the hot glue, how do u suggest I mount the screen, that was the most convenient way I could think of, I've been sure to put the glue as far back as possible so that I dont need to sand in any of it but I'll go over it one more time just to be sure then...
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    lol, well, go to home depot or a similar hardware store and buy epoxy, there are a few types, i like the Loctite one. Epoxy the corners of the screen, then take apart the screen, remove everything BUY the front facing (the bezel) and continue epoxying the rest of the facing to the dashkit you have there. once you're done, sand down the excess and fill in any holes/gaps/dimples you have with either bondo or any sort of filler putty. continue sanding to your desired finish. once you're done, get it painted to match your interior or whatever color you'd like and mount the screen again. then install in your car and you're done.


    Btw, a MAJORITY of people install the screens where the radios go lol you don't need to access it once it's installed. Oh, and try getting off all the hot glue you can before starting to epoxy it. The hot glue has a rubbery texture that when you paint it, it shifts and cracks the paint

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarX View Post
    lol, well, go to home depot or a similar hardware store and buy epoxy, there are a few types, i like the Loctite one. Epoxy the corners of the screen, then take apart the screen, remove everything BUY the front facing (the bezel) and continue epoxying the rest of the facing to the dashkit you have there. once you're done, sand down the excess and fill in any holes/gaps/dimples you have with either bondo or any sort of filler putty. continue sanding to your desired finish. once you're done, get it painted to match your interior or whatever color you'd like and mount the screen again. then install in your car and you're done.


    Btw, a MAJORITY of people install the screens where the radios go lol you don't need to access it once it's installed. Oh, and try getting off all the hot glue you can before starting to epoxy it. The hot glue has a rubbery texture that when you paint it, it shifts and cracks the paint
    I really don't think u understood how I meant with access to it... the plastic thingy the screen is mounted to right now is about 20cm deep and with a horizontal wall right in the middle of it, it used to be 2 separate parts that I glued together... so if I was to remove the screen from the bezel and glue that there it would be impossible for me to get the screen behind it again... can make some kind of picture of it if u want some further explanation...
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    Time to revive this thread...

    I'm done with the screen mounting and I'm actually pretty happy with it, for my first try!
    some pics just incase someone else with a 740 wanna know!
    I'm just going to post them in the order of what I did after the one in the first post so here goes:

    At this one I had just taped over the screen since I though I might be able to have it still there...


    lots and lots of fiberglass goo on there, trying to make it pretty smooth:


    Couldn't sand at all with the screen there so I had to cut away some more of the plastic on the back:

    So I could get the screen out of there:


    After that it was the usual, sand down, put on more goo to sand down, repeat until smooth...


    I was going to try and add some buttons in the lower left corner as you could see in the post above... the fiberglass wasn't any problem to drill thorugh, but the plexi-glass was!


    well, a lot of curses ran through my head at that point but there wasn't much to do about it so I just used my 2-component glue (epoxy) and glued the buttons there instead:


    Don't worry, only 2 pictures left now!

    some of that nice liquid primer just to spray on and then sand again...


    and the finall mounting in the car:

    Yeah I know, the newpainted area seems to attract dust and everything else, but other then that I think it looks pretty good...

    just wanna thank everyone that has written a thread about fabrication, real good to read thorugh a lot of it to get some sort of idea how to make things... now I feeling a lot more eager to start on my 12" sub's as soon as I get the money for the mats!
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    Nice, im also jerking around installing the screen propperly in my 760..
    I want to keep te radio though.

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