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    Question Ford Probe Car-puter Help

    Hello All. My next project is going to be a car-puter for my 97 Ford Probe. Downside is space for my dash screen, and lack of pictures from other people who have done it in the past. I plan to use my laptop and get a vga 7 inch touch screen to mount in-dash. Due to the lack of space in the dash, I'm looking to get rid of the radio.

    First question: Does anybody have pictures of their ford probe project?

    Second question: Is there any sort of audio amplifier that connects via USB that runs off 12 volts that has a 4 or 4.1 channel output around 50-54 watts each? That is the way I want to go for this project to make more room for my screen and make the audio system all part of my computer.

    Any information you all can supply for my project will be great, and I plan to keep ya'll posted on my progress. Thanks In Advance. -Allen

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsallen2004 View Post
    Hello All. My next project is going to be a car-puter for my 97 Ford Probe. Downside is space for my dash screen, and lack of pictures from other people who have done it in the past. I plan to use my laptop and get a vga 7 inch touch screen to mount in-dash. Due to the lack of space in the dash, I'm looking to get rid of the radio.

    First question: Does anybody have pictures of their ford probe project?

    Second question: Is there any sort of audio amplifier that connects via USB that runs off 12 volts that has a 4 or 4.1 channel output around 50-54 watts each? That is the way I want to go for this project to make more room for my screen and make the audio system all part of my computer.

    Any information you all can supply for my project will be great, and I plan to keep ya'll posted on my progress. Thanks In Advance. -Allen
    It would be better if you posted pictures of your dash and we can give you ideas on what to do. The Ford Probe is a rare car now a days and i cant even recall what it looks like. Also the AMP doesnt have to go near the dash.... I wanted seperate amps so I bought 2 Motorcycle amps (which are small) and put them in my center console. So from the amps I ran cable to dash to connect to the radio harnes via a adapter I bought. There is no amp that connects via USB, the way it works is you can get a soundcard that is USB, then that connects to the amps, then the amps connect to the speakers.
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    I don't have this car anymore, but this is how I did the screen:
    [media]http://www.interforcesystems.com/probe/DashClosed.JPG[/media]
    [media]http://www.interforcesystems.com/probe/DashOpen.JPG[/media]
    [media]http://www.interforcesystems.com/probe/DashSide.JPG[/media]

    If you'll notice, I moved the radio one slot down, and put the AC controls where the little pocket was. I never got it finished before I got rid of the car, but this let me keep my headunit.

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    See his pictures helped........... It will be so easy to put a 7 inch screen in the dash, you actually do have alot of room. You can do a few diffrent things. You can drop the A?C controls like Malcom did and loose the headunit and put a 7 inch screen in the 2 empty slots. You can also do it this way, put the A/C controls at the top were the headunit should go, then put a 7 inch screen were the headunit use to be and were the pocket use to be.
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    I appreciate the help ya'll, I like what Malcom did, but (no offence) the climate control panel looks terrible. I also don't trust motorized screens either.

    This idea may sound dumb, but how much trouble do you think it would be to move the vents down, and then I could customize the dash and raise it some to put a 7 inch right into the new custom dash... the idea works in my head, I'll post a picture of some sort of what I'm talking about when I make one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsallen2004 View Post
    I appreciate the help ya'll, I like what Malcom did, but (no offence) the climate control panel looks terrible. I also don't trust motorized screens either.

    This idea may sound dumb, but how much trouble do you think it would be to move the vents down, and then I could customize the dash and raise it some to put a 7 inch right into the new custom dash... the idea works in my head, I'll post a picture of some sort of what I'm talking about when I make one.
    My install was massive and still not done, but one thing is relocating A/C ducks is very hard, because if those new ducts build up condensation, electronics will break from the moisture. I would seriously leave the ducts alone. Also on the comment on the controls being ugly, you could always mod the dash to fit them like they should in its new location, or you can even relocate them out of sight and put them in the glove box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsallen2004 View Post
    I appreciate the help ya'll, I like what Malcom did, but (no offence) the climate control panel looks terrible. I also don't trust motorized screens either.

    This idea may sound dumb, but how much trouble do you think it would be to move the vents down, and then I could customize the dash and raise it some to put a 7 inch right into the new custom dash... the idea works in my head, I'll post a picture of some sort of what I'm talking about when I make one.
    Right, that had about 10 minutes of work in it when I took the picture :P
    Also, fyi that screen isn't motorized.

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    yeah, sorry, just rolling out of a nap when I saw this.
    1) Sorry Malcom, I understand that it wasn't 100 percent done, sorry for dissing it. BTW what kind of screen is that...? its vga right...? Am I correct to assume that it manually folds into itself similar to a motorized one?
    2) HiJack, your right, the ducts aren't going to be changed easily.
    3) Behind the panel... I haven't looked Malcom, is it easy to change the head unit location to the climate control, and the climate control to the cubby hole? I think that Malcom's way is the easiest and keeping the head unit in will take care of my speakers so no amp is needed.
    Gentlemen sorry for the post before, truly am and Malcom, post back because I want you input on this, thanks.

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    When you do a car pc, rather then visualize what it cant be, visualize what it can be. Dont limit yourself. You can make that dash look anyway you want if you have the imagination and drive and know how. If you dont have the know how you can easily find some1 to do it for you, simply tell them your idea.
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    The screen was actually a S-Video input, I've switched over to a Xenarc 700IDT which is a VGA/touch screen, that also flips out manually. It's spring loaded, so you press on it and the spring pushes it out, but it is the exact same size as the screen in the pictures.

    The climate control moves pretty easily down to the bottom slot, all the control wires have enough slack in them. You can use the metal bracket that holds the climate control to actually hold the headunit minus a few tabs which are easily cut off, and just bolt it to the headunit.There is no reinforcement in the back like the stock radio location would have, but I didn't have any issues with mine. If I had not gotten rid of the car, my plan was to use bondo or fiberglass to re-make that center panel to hold the AC controls neatly, as well as provide a little better look for the radio itself.

    The easier method is as you had said before, to get rid of the radio and just get a 4 channel amplifier to run your 4 speakers off of from the laptop's audio output, but it's up to you if you want radio/cd capability built into a headunit, or find some way to run that through a computer.

    Whatever you do, don't cut up your center panel without buying another one at a junk yard (about $20 iirc). As you see, it's hard to make it look good without a lot of effort heh.

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