Looks to me like it will be easier... As long as you get the factory nav bezel!
Honestly though ford is doing this with all their cars, integrating the radio into the dash where it becomes impossible to use a trimkit to upgrade the stereo. I've already written a letter to them on what a horrible idea this is. Not only for the carPC factor, but what if someone just wants to upgrade the radio to a standard DIN or DD model? What they are doing looks complicated and expensive to manufacture and assemble. The interior of a car (espically the radio portion) is what sways me one way or another to purchase. Unfortunately for Ford I will be looking elsewhere for a more standardized radio area in my next car selection.
Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!
1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
3x Perixx Touchpads
3x 7 inch Screens
1X 7 inch motorized Screen
1x Win 7 PC
Yes that does look alot better for installing a car pc mabey you should order one up you can get a killer deal on it, looks like you can build in a dvd drive and some nice monitor pc controls too
Hi, I'm planning to put a carpc in my new ford focus, but the built-in stereo has a strange oval form, and I don't know if your could make a frontal with this form and a box to contain a carpc... if you need a photo of the frontal part, please ask for it and I will post.
Hello Hammerhead, post up a pic or email me one, I'm pretty sure I know which model you are referring to but a picture always helps. What you need is within my range of fabrication, I use a CNC machine so a perfect oval is not a problem. Also for the thread viewing pleasure here is a custom chassis I just finished for another member, its going into a Saturn. This model features an adjustable ITX motherboard shelf, It can me moved 1" up and down, and 1" in and out making for easy installation. Also the middle shelf can be flipped over resulting in just under 2" of adjustability. This was done via horizontal machined slots in the shelf and vertical machined slots in the chassis. 6-32 screws with lock nuts hold the shelf in place. This one is custom made from a google sketchup file. Cannot wait to see the pics of this machine installed!
I can't wait 'til it arrives! I'll post pix.
the sad part is no one will ever see the frame once its in the dash that looks great. Make me get ideas of carpc 2.0 for my stang lol
Only the owner will know that their PC parts are grounded to strong lightweight thermally efficient epoxy coated aluminum
Looks aside, one of the biggest mistakes I see newbs making is not properly grounding components to one another. In my experiences a PC system is much more stable when all grounds are referenced at the same point.
Hi, blk02si, here is the focus stereo with a multimedia system, if you can make it maybe we could talk about it...
Wow, keep up the good work. Everything looks amazing!
I'm curious if it would be possible to purchase just the bezel that you used for one of your builds. I am drifting towards a laptop(preferably macbook) so I wouldn't really need the entire chasis. As long as the bezel could hold a liliput securely and bolt right in, I would be happy. Then I can easily run a vga cable to a laptop dock.
Please let me know!!