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    Creating a Hidden Flush Mount Screen...Help

    Hello All,

    Lets start by saying that i am new to the site and after two weeks of research i have figured out almost every aspect of my carputer install. What i want to run, how to power it and ideas about everything. Thanks to all who have contributed to my education.

    I would like to run a 7 inch touch screen that is flush mounted into the dash. However i would like to be able to hide it when im not using it. Are there any write ups that explain how to fab a retractable door like on some fancy cars? Or are there screens that are removable or could be made removable? I am not afraid to fabricate just need some direction. I also do not want a motorized screen. Thanks for the help.

    John

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    What's your car and do you have a picture of where you'll install it?

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    I have a 2000 mazda protege. It was broken into a month ago and they turned my single din in to a double by ripping out my gear box. Below are some pictures, sorry for the glare. But you will get the idea.




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    They didn't rip out your gearbox did they dude..

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    No they didnt rip the gear box out, it all runs fine, i just want to be able to hide anything i may want to put back in it. Any ideas?

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    By gear box i meant the box that holds gear such as cd's or chap stick, you know stuff like that. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Just from looking at the pictures you don't seem to have much depth there, so a lift up hinge and a slide towards the front of the car is out. It also looks like you don't have any room side to side, so a slider either direction is out.

    I think your only option may have to be something flexible like a roller shade. They make them for small kids in the back seat to shield them from the sun and some of them work like window shades.
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    do you have the original double din radio laying around.. You can remove it's faceplate and create a cover that you place over the touchscreen when not in use.. so it will look as if you have a stock system.

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    As he stated earlier, his original radio is single din.

    But actually, I've been thinking about the same question, so I might just use your idea for myself. I'm looking for a junked out stock radio to gut and possibly use as my PC enclosure also. Maybe I'll try to keep the face intact and use it as a cover. I wonder how it would work, trying to keep the "fake" face fairly flush with the dash?

    Has anyone done this?

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    he has a double din now.. lol, sorry. I swear I thought protege's came with double dins.. maybe it's an optional feature. If so, he can probably find one for cheap on ebay.

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