My custom motorized screen plan
Iíve been poking around this forum off and on for a couple years now and I must say that there is no better place to find info when doing a car pc install. Great site, love it.
I recently purchased an 87 Nissan 300zx. The radio bay is a 1.5din. Iíve been looking and looking for an affordable solution for my touch screen but have not been impressed by the options. Ideally Iím wanting to have a hideaway screen and separate headunit. I donít want the carputer to run the radio so Iím pretty set on having a headunit too. My issue comes in at this point. How will I fit two 1din units in a bay that is 1.5din. I do not want to tear up my dash making it a double din. And all the units I find that are a radio and a vga touch screen are super expensive and typically ugly.
Now a quick background before I get into my idea/plan. Iím a PC technician by hobby and career and I love putting things together that are flashy with lights and look good. My most proud creation was my xbox360 case mod.
Now my plan. I will be fabricating my own motorized screen that will be made to work in my limited space. To accomplish this I will be using a broken cd rom. The mechanism in the cd rom that moves the tray in and out seems like the best idea for this. After taking out all the parts from the cdrom that will not be need (i.e. the laser and motor that spin the disk.) I will be left with a vary roomy box with the tray mechanism in place and functioning. I will then be attaching the screen to the modified tray and cd rom to the screen with some small hinges. On the top back side of the screen I will have a wire that is attached to the cd rom casing. When the screen comes out it will put tension on the wire causing the screen to stand up. Now all the fine details will be worked out during the fabrication (thats just how I work :D) but Iíd like to hear thoughts you guys may have on this.
Now Iíve been looking around and have seen people trying to make their own motorized screen before and having a hard time working everything out, but I feel fairly confident that using the cdrom will make it extremely possible and easy. So please no bashing on how itís not gonna work or how I should just buy a pre-made one. When Iím done I would have saved about $200 and had to joy of creating something myself. So, let me know what you guys think. :bounce: