I dont know if I am eyeing this correctly but it looks to me that the iPad is bigger then the whole front dash area. Can you please take a picture with the iPad in the area. Infact take two pictures with the iPad horizontal and vertical.Notice the heater/ac controls and the seat heater and emergency flasher switches that look like VW forgot about them and added another box underneath at the last minute.
Here's what the dash looks like all torn down. Ignore the plexiglass stuff. That was for the Mac Mini dock and it's all gone now.
My fab skills are just as bad as yours.... if its MDF im fine, but fiberglass and otehr materials I have no clue. Nice thing is I do have an eye for design so I can come up with stuff on paper. Im already getting a ton of ideas looking at you dash. I am going to try to google sketch up something.I want feedback on my plan and advice along the way, please. Be kind. I told you I stink at fabrication.
I see that there are 3 cup holders, why not use the middle one to make an add on to have a little pod for all those controls? I know it means longer extensions, but they will be out the way of the iPad.1. I will move the heater controls down to the spot where the flashers/seat heater buttons are. The cables are actually long enough to do this and I think I can fab a metal bracket to hold it in the right place. I've checked the shifter knob and it doesn't seem too close.
I think for ease of use, a slide in style would be better and easier.2. By moving the heater controls, I have enough room to put the iPad in the hole I've created. I'll post pictures on this later. What I'm struggling with is whether I should make the iPad sit in frame that is hinged and swings out like an old style cassette door or should I leave a slot at the top to slide the iPad in.
I dont think it will matter.... the interior seems to be a mix and match of circular and square objects, so either or will look good.I sort of had the idea of putting a circular arch over top of the screen to mimick the speedometer. Here's a picture of a pristine New Beetle dash.
I have to try to find the one I bought mine from, it came in a big box in individual sheets... I think it cost me $50.00 for the box.3. I have been all over the place looking for ABS plastic. Can someone please point me to a good online supplier. This is getting ridiculous. BTW, I had no idea plastic was so expensive!
I doubt they have extensions because most people do not relocate their interior. All you have to do is try to find wire that matches the wire you have there so it looks close to factory as possible. Then use crimp connectors http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=21512684. I'm going to have to extend the left and right seat heater switches, along with the emergency flasher. What is the best way to do this besides the standard cut and extend? Are there extension harnesses made or do I have to do it the hard way?
i dont deal with headunits so thats out of my knowledge.5. The radio currently lives in the glovebox. I want to put it under the seat and extend the faceplate to put it up near the visor at the roof. I've been looking for harnesses for the radio that fit the VW but I'm not a car audio guy. I already rolled my own when I moved it to the glovebox but that was a hack job. Where can I get a professionally made harness to extend the wires?
If you can get me pictures from the side of the dash.... It will make it faster for me to sketch up. Are you going to keep the A/C vents? I think you should move them to give you more dash space. Maybe relocate to the top?6. The computers are not a problem. I'll take care of all that myself.
That's it for now. I'll post more pics later. Any constructive input is welcome. I hope to have most if not all of the fab done for afkfest in August. That's aggressive, but I need a deadline to get this thing up and running.