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I looking to put a 7" touchscreen in my MG. I want to mount it in the center console which is made of sheet metal covered with vinyl. Total thickness is ~1/16" or less. Here is a picture:
It will be going where the radio is now. What I'm trying to figure out is how to mount it. Would I be able to just cut a hole in the panel big enough for the screen, then clamp the panel between the front and rear housing of the screen, using the factory screws? Or would there be clearance issues?
I've thought about doing some kind of flush mount, but it could get complicated trying to finish the exposed edges of the panel nicely.
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Have you considered using a double din mount from a Ford F-150/Ford Mustang, to serve as a trim ring, cleaning up any rough edges in the sheet metal? check out Blk02si's thread about a complete bolt in screen/cpu in this forum. you may get an idea or 2
Since you didn't give any information on which screen you plan to use, we don't know how the case comes apart, or what using the "factory screws" means. We don't know how your dash is configured.
You said your dash is just sheet metal covered with vinyl. If that's all you have to contend with, I think your plan of sandwiching the panel between the case halves is probably an easy and attractive-appearing solution.
Do some testing: take a piece of sheet metal and vinyl the same thickness as your dash panel, and loosen the screws on your case enough to slide it in between the case halves. Try to tighten the screws (careful -- they're just in plastic, so you don't need to tighten too much; this is just a test install). If it works all the way around the case, you're good to go; if it doesn't, figure out if longer screws would help, or what any other problems may be. You might even make a small mockup of the area of the dash panel you'll use. Build it from sheet metal and vinyl, and try installing the screen in that mockup.
When you get that working, make whatever cuts are needed in your dash and mount your screen in there. Please post pictures of your successful install. Better yet, take pictures all along the way, so we can learn from what you did.
It sounds like you're on the right track. With a little testing, you should have a sweet installation. We'll be waiting for results of your tests -- best of luck on it.
P.S. -- Neat car. More pix and information on it, please.
I stated I was planning on using a Lilliput 692GL. And I posted a picture of where it would go.
And I would test some stuff, but I don't have the screen yet. I am trying to decide whether to go with the 692 or not. Hence my questions. I wanted to get some other input before diving in and spending $300 on an LCD.
I have looked at using a double-DIN mount, but I think I could make my own trim ring for about the same cost. I guess I'll just have to take the plunge and make it work.
I found this picture of another car with almost exactly what I want to do:
Oh, and here are a few pictures of my car:
It's currently getting a pretty major make-over including paint, engine and interior work
You're absolutely right -- I missed the headline that said "Mounting Lilliput 692GL in Sheet Metal" in bold letters. Oops; please accept my apology.
I was under the impression that you already had your screen, and could do testing.
Looking at the configuration of your car, it looks pretty close to ideal for an installation similar to what I'm playing with -- a tiny EeePC laptop. I've been playing with an EeePC 901, and I'm sore tempted to get one for myself.
It might sit there on your console quite nicely, and be ready to take with you any time you want. My car can only fit the EeePC 901; the others are too wide for the space I have to put it in. But you might be able to fit a 10" unit in there, like the MSI Wind, the EeePC 1000H or the HP 2133 Mini-Note. Or you might consider the new Dell Inspiron Mini 9; $450 gets you the whole system with XP installed. These netbooks provide a lot of bang for the buck, provide bigger screens and higher screen resolutions (1024x600), and they're wonderfully portable and multifunctional.
That's just a thought . . .
P.S. Very nice car -- is that the GT with the ex-GM 3.5L V8? Seems to me the ones after '67 had room for it.
They did sell a V8 version of my car, but it wasn't anything like a GM motor. And no, mine isn't one.
I already have a laptop I am planning on using that was given to me for free, so buying something else would be dumb.
This is how I mounted mine in my e30...
first i created a flat surface to mount the screen to utilising screw holes in the heater unit - this also supported the bottom of the dash.
I then made a bracket to hold the screen - this bolts to the first bracket. The holes in the back of this bracket are used to mount the screen using the standard screen mounting slot.
I made these brackets out of aluminium which allowed me to leave the aluminium visible for a different finish which suits the rest of trim pieces. With a
gjuu: Very neat job. I'm impressed at how simple it was and how great it looks.