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Thread: My Custom 1.5 DIN 7" Screen Install!

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    My Custom 1.5 DIN 7" Screen Install!

    I, like alot of people that drive Trans Ams or Camaros have wanted an option to put a 7" screen in the dash, but have researched that fact that it's impossible to fit a double DIN in dash without a custom bezel....and even at that Camaro's seem to have a better starting place than T/As. I've searched and searched, but only have come across a select few T/As that have been able to pull off anything different but a single DIN head unit....at least without relocating the A/C controls or modifying the bezel a good bit. None of these options I wanted, as my motivation was to do an install that will not relocate the A/C controls, spend less than $100 and will not modify the bezel in height so it'll be stock looking appearance. I'm not sure if I pulled it off, but it was worth a shot...so here it goes...

    I started off with a Jensen VM9410 7" flip out screen head unit. Been running this HU for a couple of years now with no problems. Yeah I know, it's a Jensen but at the time it was one of the select few that would play MPG, AVI, etc as well as MP3, WMA and of course DVDs. My love for the head unit is the fact I love the menu screen when an MP3 CD is inside of it (which is 99% of the time). It's so easy to use the steering wheel controls to go through each folder and find what song of 200 of them I'm looking for. I've seen some cheap double DIN units out for sale now, but none of them show how the MP3 displays is setup and I know what I have now, don't have the cash to dump on a new head unit but still wanted to do something different. First off I relocated my HU underneath my driver's seat. For this all I did was extend the aftermarket harness about 5'-6' and also extended my PAC (steering wheel controls) and ran them under the console and down between the seat and console in some heat shrink tubing so they all stayed together and is unnoticeable IF someone could actually see between them. With this I also ran a video RCA for the new 7" monitor hook-up. For my RCAs I just pulled them back to the middle of the door sill, ran them under the carpet and came out of a factory hole in the carpet...all 4 pairs of them. Once that was done, I removed my HU and place under my seat. I zip-tied the IR sensor to the top of the HU so I now ALWAYS have steering wheel controls with ZERO interference. None of the wires can be seen anywhere.

    Now the fun part, making a new bezel. I bought a used one off eBay (no down time on the car) and like I said I wasn't going to modify the height of it to keep it as stock-looking as possible. As I looked around for something plastic to use, I found a paper tray that they were throwing away at work as the plastic to make my initial shape. I cut a back panel out of it with an opening in the middle fit my 7" monitor. I used more of the paper holder and cut the pieces to fill in the sides, placed them where I wanted and used Plastic Epoxy from Wal-Mart to make sure all was glued together. By using the back panel and the sides with the epoxy, I now have a REALLY strong base to start molding/filling it.
    To fill the sides of it I used some Loc-Tite brand epoxy putty (from Wal-Mart). It's the stuff that comes in a tube and you just pinch of a piece of it and kneed it together with your hand and have about a 5min working time to place it where you want. After doing this once, sanding it (pretty easy to sand, not much harder than Bondo) and doing it again I now had it shaped how I imagined it'd look. After it drying completely, I used Bondo to fill any imperfections and the slight high/low spots (sorry no pictures after this, I forgot). I sanded that down and used high fill primer the ever so minor spots, sanded that down and painted. I came out really good and matched the stock bezel about 90% correct considering I used $0.96 rattle can semi-gloss black spray paint. I’m not done or satisfied completely with it and next week I’ll sand it down a little more and try again to find some interior trim paint to match it just right. No biggie. The screen is just a hair off aligning it left-to-right so I’ll adjust that too. You ask how I mounted the 7” monitor to the new bezel? I bought 4 nylon spacers, epoxied them to the back of it. I cut out another piece of the paper tray, drilled 4 holes and used that to hold it in place. Works perfect!! Another thing, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to modified my dash itself but to fit a 7” screen in height I had to trim a little bit off the top of the inside of the dash so the monitor would slide inside with no problems. You can’t tell I did this, even when the screen is removed and everything can be put back to stock if I wanted.

    Cost: $50 Pyle visor monitor, $10 used bezel, $15 in epoxy/primer/paint. Like I said, I wanted it to be a cheap mod to entertain me, yet something no one has done without a lot of time invested...Actually I don't think anyone has ever fit a screen in a 1.5DIN place... Time I invested? Maybe 5 hours from cutting, epoxy, sanding & painting. Why did I do this? Just because I thought it could be done and mainly I wanted a little practice in making my own bezel because within the next year I’ll sell this setup and do it all again to fit a 7” VGA LCD in my dash with a carputer with Streetdeck software for MP3, video, navigation, Bluetooth, etc.

    Since this thread is worthless without pics, here you go!!


















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    Front End: CentraFuse With Navigation

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    Looks nice, great job! That paint looks great for being less than $1.
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    looks awesome, i'm kinda partial to these cars tho
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    Thanks! I hope to be where you're at one day with a full blown carputer! Probably soon too, after this install this stuff has become addicting!
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    Processor: AMD 64 X2 BE-2350 (Dual Core)
    Motherboard: ABit NF-M2S (Micro-ATX)
    Memory: 2GIG Crucial DDR2 667
    Hard Drive: WD 160GIG
    Monitor: 7" Lilliput 629GL
    Front End: CentraFuse With Navigation

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    Yea we could definetly use some more f-body carputer installs
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    Mine will be shortly! Fixing to build a new home computer and will use my old one for my car!
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    Processor: AMD 64 X2 BE-2350 (Dual Core)
    Motherboard: ABit NF-M2S (Micro-ATX)
    Memory: 2GIG Crucial DDR2 667
    Hard Drive: WD 160GIG
    Monitor: 7" Lilliput 629GL
    Front End: CentraFuse With Navigation

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    love the install. wish i could mold a screen into mine. i have an indash motorized 7" lilli. Im thinking about trying what youve done. anyway great job. looks very nice

    wes,

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingBird View Post
    love the install. wish i could mold a screen into mine. i have an indash motorized 7" lilli. Im thinking about trying what youve done. anyway great job. looks very nice

    wes,
    Thanks man! I've updated since this install to a double DIN with a CarPC. 1000x better than what I had and at least IMO looks better too.
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    2000 Pontiac Trans Am Firehawk #102
    Processor: AMD 64 X2 BE-2350 (Dual Core)
    Motherboard: ABit NF-M2S (Micro-ATX)
    Memory: 2GIG Crucial DDR2 667
    Hard Drive: WD 160GIG
    Monitor: 7" Lilliput 629GL
    Front End: CentraFuse With Navigation

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    Thats a really nice install. Congrats

    Some people say that painted bondo wont hold up (the finish that is) on a dash, they site cracking/shrinkage. I never did it so no idea here. They say if you can, to use the same plastic (in your case you would use the letter box) grind it up and there is an additive that will disolve it into a paste that when dry will sand and paint like the bezel but will be a lot harder and wont shrink.

    The texture paint that a lot of people say works well on the dash is made by SEM (google it). they say it works great (for that next paint job you spoke of).

    Nice clean work, looks stock, well done.


    Ah, I see someone is asking how to make the plastic sludge to use on the dash, watch this post for the answer:

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    More Info? ---sorry---

    Dear InfiniteReality,

    Thanks for the reply. I think I understand now. So, the screen is actually in between the bezel and the new back plate or Lexan as you called it? Do these screens have bolt mounts anywhere on them? Oh and what is Lexan? sorry again for the newbie questions, i really appreciate you trying to help me. I hope mine will look as good as yours when I'm done.

    Thanks some more:
    Wes,

    P.S. - where did you get the firebird front end software for you car pc? And was it hard installing those new dash instrumnet panels. That blue is really awesome. I've been thinking about doing that for a long time, but afraid it would be too hard.

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