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    Moving AC controls Volvo 740!

    Hi all you crazy guys & girls out there...

    and yeah... we are all a bit crazy for even thinking of building a computer in the car...

    So, my question is about a car that has a couple of more years behind it then what most of you all seem to be building in... it's a Volvo 740 from -85 with plenty of room in it...
    Hey, I'm a student and got it for free when my older brother got a new car so I'm not complaining...

    well, the question I have is that I want to move the AC controls further down in the center console so that I can mount the screen in the top part, otherwise I'll just hit it with my knuckles all the time whil shifting gears...
    anyone had some experience doing something like that... I'm wondering if there is anyway to lengthen the wires that goes from the knobs and stuff to wherever they are connected in there somewhere...


    That is how I first was plannign on mounting it... u can see the things for the AC at the top there...


    This is how I want to place the different parts now.. as you can see I want to move it from the top to the bottom...

    btw, how do u guys make those "real-looking" photoshop images... I cant seem to get the plastic looking real...
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    I cant tell you what your best option would be without looking at how your A/c controls operate in the first place, but if it's all electrical then you really won't have a problem relocating it. In my case (GMC sonoma) I couldn't relocate the controls too far from their stock location due to it being controlled via vacuum. Instead of opting to relocate them to the glovebox like the majority of people do however, I'm working on fiberglassing them into the ashtray.

    If your AC is completely electric then it owuld be nothing more than extending some wires to relocate it. Easy work.

    If your wondering about the best way to make everything fit into your dash, take the old bezel off and seal every sigle nook and cranny via 3/4oz. fiberglass and epoxy resin with a wood backing to fill all the holes. Cut the wood to fit, and lay the fiberglass down on each side of it to "pancake" it inbetween. After that, epoxy/fiberglass the ac bezel to the wood piece as well as the screen bezel, and make a plan on how you'll mount everything. If your lucky you'll have ac controls with a front plastic piece and an actuall thicker support piece that screws onto the front bezel. Fiberglass the front bezel to the wood base and use the thicker support piece to hold all the controls, so that you can just screw it onto the front bezel.

    After that lay some spandex over everything, then start layering up the fiberglass until you've got something suitable.

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    Thanks for that fast reply...
    I loosened it a bit this morning and found out that the only electrical connection is to the fan-speed knob, the one on the left... the other 2 sliders for heat and where it should blow is mechanical so I guess it shouldnt be a problem to lengthen those wires with something...

    as you can see in the first picture the heating controls is a bit down in the panel, the plastic part that sticks out is just snapped onto it and the controls are then screwed to the car...

    I'm having some thoughts though on how to fasten the new piece I'll be making since that seems to be the only part thats screwed to the car... the rest is "snap-on" or something... if I make it so that I have holes in the new piece to screw it there I'll be having holes unless I can cower those with something... how are the rest of u getting your mounts to sit in place...?
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    well.... I did some measuring today and yet another question about this came up... since most sites are selling pretty cheap 8" monitors now I was thinking of getting one of those instead... the thing is that the total width I have to work with is as most 210mm and the lilliput 8" has a width of 205mm...

    so how much space do I need to have on each side for the fiberglassing... is 2-3mm enough or should I go with the 7" as I first planned?
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