RSX Car computer in glove box
I've been monitoring this forum for a while and started my own carPC project, I've been from ordering all my parts including a case and found no great place for it (I want it in DASH).
So I came to the conclusion rather than making it a module, I'll completely integrate the PC in to the dash. I totally cut and grind my case to fit on to the face of the glove box in my car. I then used the metalic insert which I found behind the hard plastic of my glove to mount my computer parts (pictures will come later on tomorrow when I get some time.)
So what I have is my mainboard and PSU in the glove compartment. The DWW-700 in-dash motorized LCD in a single DIN and I'm looking for some fabrication tips on 2 things:
1) My glove box had 3 layers to it, the outside, which is soft plasic, very flexible. The 2nd layer was the metalic insert which I reversed and converted it to mount all my PC boards on it. The 3rd layer (inside layer) was hard molded plastic which formed the actual box for the junk to put in it. Now my question is, now that I've removed the hard plastic 3rd layer and modified the 2nd layer how can I make the outside layer more ridgid at the same time attaching the 2nd metalic layer to the outside layer so it doesn't flex so much.
The material has to be ridgid and not prone to cracking and sturdy enough that it doesn't crack any PC boards if someone were to bump it with their knee.
I'll put pictures up on this thread so you can see what I mean.
2) I have another DIN or half DIN underneath the LCD which I'm putting my HD and DVD-ROM. I've mounted both and now I need to fill up the hole in front so it's faceplate looks seemless or at least pretty.
I'm looking for any suggestions on how this can be done as well.
I've got some other minor issues like the glove box top right corner sags and shows the PCBoard and the stuff behind the glove box needs to be sealed off form the computer, otherwise down the road I could see shorts and all sorts of issues. I might attempt to make a receted fibreglass cover to protect the PC but I'm a newbie at any fabrication.
Any suggestions are welcome, when you see my pics you'll note I'm not afraid to try new things or cut,grind remove parts to make it work. (my whole glove is at the point of no return, I've cut a lot of the plastic away and tried to make everything fit without having to try something new.
I'm pretty happy with what I've got so far, it's just making it look more presentable that I'm in to now.
Sorry, tried earlier but uploading the pics were taking forever (don't know why...server too busy?) Anyways here they are.