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    Ideas for making a hinged opening in the dash

    In looking for nooks and crannies in my car to fit the various parts of my car pc, i found a perfect place for the PC case. There is a cavity in the passenger side of the dash which takes the airbag fitting in higher up models. In my car it was empty, a picture is attached below.

    The front of the opening pops right off, its only held by plastic locks. I would like to slice off those locks so that it becomes just a loose lid. Then i would like to use some hinge to move the cover up and down and finally to keep the cover in place i would like to use some kind of latch.

    Would love to hear ideas and get pointers to something similar.

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    i wouldnt use a latch personally, i'd use some permanent magnets

    those things can hold a ton, and they'd be easier to attach i think than fabbing some latch

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    Oh i like the idea of magnets. Any idea what kind, i tried to google and there was just too much stuff.

    What about a hinge ? I would like to place a keyboard on the inside of the cover and maybe fix the keyboard with velcro so i can pull it out when i want. Image with a dummy keyboard modelled with dimensions of a micro usb keyboard i found on ebay.
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    Just found this, maybe it will work. Price is awesome.
    http://www.thehardwarehut.com/catalo...hp?p_ref=29589

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    yeha, thats exactly the type of magnet i was thinking of, or maybe one of those types, that you push it, and it pops out a little bit, so that you can grab it better? push it in and it sits flush?

    but, as to the hinges, you got me, you could use some normal metal ones..,, flush mounted from the inside, painted to match the color (or close to it anyway), no one would notice, but then the issue is how far down would the door fall, unless you used a chain, or whatever to hold the screen at a certain position


    as to the keyboard, dont see why it wouldnt work, velcro (more magnets), however you want to attach it should work fine :T

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    Found these http://www.thehardwarehut.com/catalo...php?p_ref=4549 and http://www.thehardwarehut.com/catalo...php?p_ref=4555 . Seem to be perfect, now i just got to figure out how to order. Most vendors dont take paypal or international credit cards.

    Still got to figure out the right way to hinge it open and stop it when it reaches a certain level. I would love to have something with a string or chain that i can mount on the sides and it should be spring loaded so as i close the door the string auto winds itself. Kinda like those expanding self winding cables.

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    I'd attach a piece of plywood to the bottom area of that panel. Where the top of your keyboard is sitting. Use some construction adhesive and some small wood screws through the mounting tabs. That way there's no new holes on the outside of the panel. Then mount the hinges to the plywood. A couple of the hidden cabinet style should do. If that sounds good I can photochop your pic for a better idea.
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    Hi Barry,
    That does sound good, infact i was looking at some hinges but the problem is that i may be able to only put in 1, based on the image above you will see. I would need some kind of support to hold it at the open position. The hinge itself may not be able to hold the weight.

    Something kinda like this http://www.thehardwarehut.com/catalo...php?p_ref=1545 but a plastic one i think would be better.

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    Look for a piano hinge. They come in about a meter long and can be cut to any length you want, they also come in all kinds of materials including plastic. To hold it I would use some kind of stiff ribbon type stuff. Kinda like the plastic stuff they use to hold parcels together but nicer if you can find it. Idea being as its wide it will fold nicely without trying to come out the side as the stiffness of the width will stop it Does that make sense?? Probably not lol.
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    You could use these spots for the hinge. A piano hinge might work as well, but it looks like that part is curved. Piano hinges don't like curves much....
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