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    Screen placement in '05 Ford Taurus

    You know what, I really hate the '05 Taurus. My uncle just got one, and he was thinking of putting a carputer. Well, the dumb people at Dord, thought it would be a great idea if they combine the radio and AC into oner whole unit. I personally don't see how he can install a screen if he wants to keep the AC controls. Any ideas?

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    my wife drives a 99 taurus with integrated ac controls and radio. (kind of an oval shaped thing) and we have looked into putting a different radio in it. I found that there are aftermarket bezels available that hold the ac contols and give you a din slot for aftermarket radio. Im sure someone makes them for the newer models too. then, if needed you could modify the bezel to hold the screen.

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    I'm sure someone out there makes them too. What bothers me is that Ford didn't think that maybe someone would not like the stock POS stereo that comes with the car, and now has to completely modify the dash area to just be able to even put a different CD player. I don't know if you can see in the picture, but it's actually 1 whole unit. It's not a big unit separated in between like the older Tauruses/Sables.

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    our taurus radio/heater control is one entire peice too. No major modification of the dash is required. Im not sure about the 05 but on ours if you take the radio out the heater controls are a seperate unit behind the plastic and can be easily attached to the new bezel. when i was looking the new bezels were about 70 bucks at most car audio places. A lot of cars come with specialized radios now, its not just ford. I dont understand it either, but i guess it gives the interior a unique look and the newer factory systems really arent that bad sounding.

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    here is the bezel adapter i think you will need

    http://sm.crutchfield.com/S-71OfiGPr...1&I=142FD1380B

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    You know what I would do? Take both the radio and AC controls apart, mod the AC unit and controll it with your computer. That area is perfect for a screen if it werent for the AC unit! Good luck with that But that would be sweet!
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    i agree with grayscale here. if you want a really nice looking setup and minimal modifying of the dash, going with computer controlled Heat/AC is probably the best way to go (albeit not simple by any means).
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    It wouldn't be too bad. I wonder if his AC is vacuum tube controlled or not.
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    I don't think it is controlled. I have to go back to my uncles house, I will let you guys know in a couple of days. He lives about 3 hrs away.

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    BTW... thanks for the suggestions

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    pretty sure that thing is vacuumed controlled since its not electronically controlled as far as the radio bezel theres a company called metra that sells the you can order online from the as well , and if your in the states circuit city has them for $35 the one made by metra that is

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