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    Carputer Cases- Unique/cases you can mod

    Ok I was trying to come up with a good title for this thread but gave up. I also couldn't deicde if I wanted to post this in General Discussion, Hardware, or Fabrication. I decided to put it here since this will need to be fabricated to work. It was sparked by some ideas I have seen past and present.

    I am a bit lazy at times and prefer to take something that is used for one thing, but can used in a another way to fit my needs, rather than build something from scratch.

    With that being said, I am looking for interesting/abstract ideas for cases that could be used for carputer cases with some modifications.

    I have seen such ideas as this on this board or my own:

    • Playstation(s) PS2
    • Key lockbox
    • Electrical panel box
    • Aluminum tool case/suitcase
    • Plastic tool case
    • other electrical type looking boxes (see yellow box below)
    • Poker chip case
    • Gun case
    • Army ammo boxes
    • cash drawer
    • briefcase-stealthy!
    • 19" rackmount (not as unique but an option)
    • legos-weird but fun to build
    • satelite receiver
    • VCR-oldschool


    I like the plastic tool case idea because I could fit that underneath my seat (not always a good mounting location, see FAQ) and it would help keep water/snow/fries out of the case.

    I was going to mount my new mATX board in the trunk, but now I feel like I could fit it under my seat where my itx was. What are your guys ideas for cases that I might have overlooked?

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    If you post an idea include a link or possible location to purchase it and a price. Dimensions would be nice too. I want to kind of organize this for others too, not just myself.

    Now let's think outside the box. Sorry...that was lame.

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    I know you already mentioned key cabinets, but I love my Ikea Karbo. They MIGHT be a bit tough to find (seems my local Ikea sells out all the time). I also can't find it on the American Ikea website, but here's a link to their UK site:
    http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/store...roductId=12847
    Edit: Found the US link in another thread on MP3Car.com... http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/store...umber=30046450



    It's cheap, strong, and works REALLY well. It's almost like it was MADE for the Mini-ITX/EPIA form factor. The boards fit PERFECTLY. A little (well, maybe a lot) of Dremelling is all it takes.

    Since I don't have pictures of mine (yet)... Here's another project I've seen using it in Internet-land:
    http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/bmwpc/

    There's even a Sketch-Up model of it:
    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...f549416a&hl=en

    You can even find a few people on MP3Car using it if you search!
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/sear...ss&query=karbo

    (Edited for typo)
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    I am useing a Aluminum tool case/suitcase from home dpt. For a full size Mb, the case is made of hardboard with thick aluminum foil on the outside. It can be cut with a knife.
    95 Satern sl1/ photo carputer
    It will not fit under a seat and has to go in the trunk!

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    I remember on tech tv that some people did customer cases. they used
    old lunch pails
    ammo boxes
    here are some military ones http://www.killingfields.net/war_mon....asp?dl=b&st=a

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    I remember on tech tv that some people did customer cases. they used
    old lunch pails
    ammo boxes

    here are some military ones
    http://www.killingfields.net/war_mon....asp?dl=b&st=a

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    Metal poker chip carrying case:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/500-PC-POKER-CHI...QQcmdZViewItem

    DJ Rodie CD Case:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/CD-CASE-240-CDs-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Handgun Case:

    https://www.mezzi.com/product.php?id=4&prodid=23

    Cash Lock Box:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Metal-Cash-Lock-...QQcmdZViewItem

    And then what I'm personally thinking about doing by mounting under my trunk lid- the POS cash drawer:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/MMF-ECD200-Cash-...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Great ideas. The IKEA case I though about but couldn't find anymore here in the US. I like the poker chip case too. I need something about 15" wide by 11' Deep 3.5" tall. I'd like to see that cash drawer in action too.

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    A brief case would make for an obvious but stealthy trunk install. (If you get what I mean.) No one is going to suspect that the innocent looking brief case sitting way in the back is what's driving you state of the art carpc set up!

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    cash drawer is the money, i might switch to such idea

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