I'm getting a 2005 or 2006 GT in the next 4-6 weeks (currently have a 2000GT) and am already in the early planning stages and I'll be ripping off your design for the most part... hope you don't mind =). I will however be going with Microsoft Windows Media Center rather then XP simply because I am a Microsoft fanboy and love Media Center. I have a couple of questions that I'd like answered if you don't mind so I can get a head start on my build before I even settle on buying the car.
So you used THIS Metra kit from Circuit City and cut out the middle piece of the Double-DIN? Is THIS the Super LCD that you used? I looked for the eBay seller that you mentioned but didn't find one recently active with that name but I am guessing this is the same monitor as yours? Do you happen to remember the exact measurements of the enclosure for the PC by chance? I'd really like to start pre-fab on the enclosure and order an LCD so I can have this puppy up and running a day or two after I get my new ride. Could you also let me know what degree angle you have the Hard Drive sitting on?
I work in IT and have for nearly a decade now and I am a PC whiz but I am sadly inept when it comes to the electrical side of things... I know just enough to get myself into trouble. Would you mind going into more detail about how you did the powering for this project, I know you said you used the stock power to the stereo along with the power supply you bought from the store here... is it really tha easy to just plug each end and go? I also noticed you ran a USB cable to the console and was wondering if you think a slim DVD drive would fit in the console in a mounted positions?
This is currently my 3rd generation Mustang and the new one will be my 4th (1967Vert, 1998GT, 2000GT, 2005/6GT) and all of my rides have been stick. I've noticed that the center console by the emergency break can get pretty hot at least here in Houston... when you ran the CAT 5 and USB cables do you just run those directly under the entire length of the console or did you go under the carpet? My only worry with extending cables there would be overheating... as I mentioned I want to mount a DVD drive into the center console via USB so any extra feedback will help out a lot.
I'm sure I'll come up with some more questions in the future but thanks again for your great post and any and all feedback you can give me...