Nice fabrication pice.
Looking back, I should have taken more pictures. I suppose we got a bit carried away with the process and skipped documentation on a few steps. If anyone has any questions as to how we got from here to there, feel free to post or PM.
This is a shot of the dash with the factory radio in it before we started.
We took the front bezel off the Lilliput screen and ABS'd it to the Nissan dash.
We wanted a laptop dvd-rw and a center channel speaker up front so a cage was made from Luan. Hot glue was used to temporarily hold the two cages in place until liquid ABS could be poured in to fill the gaps. Styrofoam sheets were cut and placed in between to give the liquid ABS support while it dried.
Here's the miraculous jump. We decided that USB and Firewire ports would be nice up front as well, so we took a Belkin hub apart and integrated it into the dash we were making. After the ABS plastic dried, an angle grinder was used to smooth it out. Then I used Evercoat polyester glazing putty to fill in the craters and smooth out the dash to the look we wanted. This is where I wish I had taken more pics. I suppose the smell was getting to my head.
Really bad lighting and ****ty camera phone.
Hard to make out the center channel here but it sticks out 1/4". We used the Clarion SRK-5.
With the dash piece made and the components installed, we've been busy encoding mp3's and playing with all of the frontends to find out which one is best. All of the audio equipment came in today so we will be working on building the rest of the system. Our goal is to have this project complete by Spring Break Nationals in Daytona 2006. Here is a system diagram.
nice job. i like the usb and firewire up front.
awesome fabrication work, i'm looking to redo my maxima's dash and i sooo much wish i had all that space that the xterra has .. too bad not all nissan vehicles share the same layouts/spacing in the dash.
once again, great job.
Audi A4 (flickr pics)
Nice work, good to see some Xterra stuff showing up! Where did you mount the PC?
IEI PSB-4710, 1.5Ghz P4, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD, Lilliput 8" TS, M2-ATX, BU-353,
Ikey SL75 keyboard, BT Mini Keyboard, WLAN, EVDO, IC-PCR100 (AM/FM/VHF), HQCT, Centrafuse 1.6...
planning on mounting pc under the fron seat. Thanks for the replies!
A little behind on this post.. but really nice work. It's interesting to me how different factors (ie. convenience of use, stock appearance, space, power constraints, etc) really influence the install.
For example, I have sweet dick-all room in my install, otherwise I might consider the USB/firewire route as above.
Anyway, really nice work
1997 Mustang GTS "Jenna"
VIA SP13000, 7" Xenarc TSV, 200GB, 'modified' M2-ATX, 1GB DDR400/3200, BU-353. RoadRunner + LSXVoid
This system is for sale. My brother wanted something easier to use like an off the shelf dvd player so needless to say I have the computer, dvd-rw, center channel with amp, Lilliput touchscreen all for sale. Unfortunately, and I say this becuase I put alot of work into it, all the gear has about 1 month of actual use. I can install whatever you would like as far as OS's go and I have just about every "usable" frontend on disc. I'm asking $1000 for everything which I believe is fair considering the fab time I put into it plus all the equipment.
Lilliput touchscreen $299
Clarion center channel $199
Panasonic DVD-RW $149
VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Mainboard $149
Hitachi 80gb Hard drive $140