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    Open to suggestions! :)

    Ok, I've decided to find the time to complete my revised boot build.

    So far I've done the floor with a spare tyre hatch, under the floor the wiring will live including the distro boxes with easy access to replace fuses or toggle the 'kill' switch.

    I think I've found the spot to mount the PC (as photo'd), it was originally in a box with the amp that fitted against the rear seats however took up more usable boot space than I wanted (it's a saloon so I really don't want to loose any more space than needed!).

    The amp I am relocating so it's bolted on to the underside of the steel parcel shelf (photo'd).

    I do have a sub, but I don't think I'm going to bother with it anymore... I'm not really in to loud bass and I have a little passenger who sits in the back watching her movies with her IR headphones on- so the sub's off 99.9% of the time anyway!

    I'm looking at making something out of ply (covering with factory carpet) to mount the PC on to (originally I had 4 metal brackets that were bolted on to the ply and clamped the acrylic case in to place (foam on the surfaces that came in to contact with the acrylic!). I would then have another sheet of ply to enclose the PC with an acrylic window to protect the PC from anything that maybe in the boot. Again, covered in factory carpet with the window showing off the PC!.

    Open to suggestions before I start!



    Possible CarPC location:


    This location also shelters the CarPC from rain if I'm loading the boot when it's pouring it down (British weather!):


    Parcel shelf where amp will be bolted:


    Mockup of my revised screen install... Nearly there just prepping for paint!


    Touchscreen headrest installs for passengers, both sides with a PC each mounted under the passenger seat... Am looking at reducing this down to one running something like VMWare or VirtualBox... The pic is just with my laptop plugged in for a photo op while the seats were out on my living room floor!


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    Btw, excuse the electrical tape holding the front on my acrylic case! I've just made a new front as the old one was scratched and haven't fitted the magnets that hold it on yet lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGuv View Post
    Btw, excuse the electrical tape holding the front on my acrylic case! I've just made a new front as the old one was scratched and haven't fitted the magnets that hold it on yet lol.
    i didn't even notice it until you said it

    it looks like a good plan so far!

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    Agreed, its looking like a really good clean install.

    +1 on locating the amp under the parcel shelf, I have a 99 model Mazda 323 with the amp mounted there, and even in the heat of an Aussie summer its fine, plus its completely out of the way, nice and neat!

    Filling the side bulges of the boot (The area between the wheel arch and the back of the car where the boot swells out, aka where you have the computer) is a good idea, because if you want to down the track, you can even build a cover that fills that gap completely, makes it look like the wheel arch goes all the way to the back of the boot, and hide more stuff in there

    As always, keep us up to date, looking forward to seeing this progress!

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    i remember why i originally posted now..

    be careful with mounting the amp under the parcel shelf.

    i have a couple of amps that strictly instruct to not mount it upside-down-- like what might be done for a parcel shelf.

    the reasoning for this is because heat travels up, and when the amp is upside-down, it could force heat, or keep heat in certain components and cause premature failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    be careful with mounting the amp under the parcel shelf.

    i have a couple of amps that strictly instruct to not mount it upside-down-- like what might be done for a parcel shelf.
    Good point, forgot to mention that....

    When I mounted mine, I did it on long threaded rod, so that it was underneath the parcel shelf, but there was a 1 inch air gap, and the amp was mounted right way up still, almost like it was hanging underneath the parcel shelf.

    Wish I still had it to get a picture of it, would explain it better!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chester View Post
    Good point, forgot to mention that....

    When I mounted mine, I did it on long threaded rod, so that it was underneath the parcel shelf, but there was a 1 inch air gap, and the amp was mounted right way up still, almost like it was hanging underneath the parcel shelf.

    Wish I still had it to get a picture of it, would explain it better!!
    This is the solution to mounting it the way he wants...I know exactly what you are talking about(installed a few amps in my day this way(comes out very neat if done correctly)
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    I don't know what's happening with this forum or maybe my posts? lol But I responded to this tread this morning and it's vanished!

    Basically, I'm going to have some hollow alloy tube cut to length as standoffs then have a treaded bolt run through that which the amp will be mounted to giving about 1.5" air circulation above the top of the amp... Should be plenty for what it's driving which is only 4x door speakers... And I don't drive with the music up to max as I've got a 5 year old in the back so it wont be too demanding!... The sound that is lol.

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    Oh and a quick photo of the ply board I've just cut in the last couple of minutes... hows that for updates! lol

    Without it fitted, note the mounting holes where the warning triangle holder is usually bolted on to, I will be using these as my fixing point- keeping the car in it's original condition if I decide to strip and resell later.


    8 Ply board cut to fit snug, leaving room for factory carpet to cover it.


    The CarPC will be located here, although in the photo it doesn't look like there's any space around the CarPC- it's just the angle of the photo, there's a minimum of approx 1/2" space all around.


    Will have the USB hub mounted under the CarPC and possibly relays, fuses and distros etc mounted in the top right corner?

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    Amp installed, I took the back mounting plate off of the amp to mark up which exposed the inners, this told me that I could mount the amp like so as all of the components and PCB are mounted upside down (if you get what I mean). The alloy cover acts as a large heatsink too, air vents are on the rear (now facing up).

    I've been busy with Ply as well but haven't had a chance to download those pics yet.

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