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  • 1955 Buick Project

    Every '55 Buick needs a computer. Here is how I did mine.



    I guess you've got to start with parts. Here's a few of them:

    Epia M100, 1Gb RAM, 60Gb disk.



    Mix that with a little Extigy and XM USB and you are part of the way there.

    Build a new center console out of solid steel. Make sure you can fit a bottle of JWB in there somewhere.



    Paint it with House of Kolors Candy...



    Install this under the dash with a Xenarc touchscreen display. Add a pinch of StreetDeck...



    Take the old AM radio and force a Phidget or two into it...



    Put that into the dash...



    And now, we have a fairly nice system.



    Top it off with a motorized screen cover (the old 55 Buick radio speaker cover), and now we have something!



    There's a video of the whole thing here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Idu9XyAnmQ.
    Andy
    55 Buick Carputer - http://www.55buick.com/Carputer/carputer.htm

  • #2
    OMG thats beautiful.

    nice car, where'd you get it?
    2006 Mazda 6
    12" elemental design 13kv2
    9.2 Amp
    pioneer 6x8's
    boltons..

    future mod: my first car PC

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    • #3
      Thanks. I've had the car for years (decades). I bought it in New Mexico when I was at UNM.
      Andy
      55 Buick Carputer - http://www.55buick.com/Carputer/carputer.htm

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      • #4
        Very nice!

        Not a four door fan myself but super clean install!

        Good work.
        For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
        Leonardo Da Vinci

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        • #5
          Holy crap, I love that install. Very stock looking!
          1998 Camaro Worklog Starting over, New setup for 2010

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          • #6
            Man what an install, and a sleeper!

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            • #7
              Beautiful work! Congrats on an amazing install.
              Carputer Project Status:
              0% - Mobo died on 2/17/08
              Check out the worklog for my '01 Pathfinder.

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              • #8
                now that is insperational

                2006 Mazda 3
                Behringer DCX-2496
                JL300/4 Focal 6W4311B Focal TN52
                JL500/1 JL10w6v2

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                • #9
                  Thats is a SUPER slick install awsome job
                  My Install

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                  • #10
                    Wow that is nice. Great job!
                    Are you 2x? Because I want to integrate you from 10 to 13!

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                    • #11
                      WOW!!!! That is a beautiful install!!

                      What kind of MPG do you get on that behemoth?

                      Rafster
                      Post # 3000

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rafster View Post
                        WOW!!!! That is a beautiful install!!

                        What kind of MPG do you get on that behemoth?

                        Rafster
                        Funny you should ask. It gets great MPG. That is compared to a stock 55 Buick without an all aluminum, LS1, fuel injected, computer controlled, engine. When running in ranges from 90 to 100 MPH for long distances, I'm at about 19 MPG. That is what we call Highway miles.

                        I ended up writing about my first MPG experience here http://blog.55buick.com/index.php?/a...t-100-MPH.html.

                        If it makes you feel any better, I do put 91 octane fuel in it. This baby is not a cheap date.
                        Andy
                        55 Buick Carputer - http://www.55buick.com/Carputer/carputer.htm

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                        • #13
                          what are those buttons under the screen? can you point me into a direction on how to do a screen like that and add some buttons like so?

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                          • #14
                            Check out http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/digi...955-buick.html. It talks about what the hardware is and how I integrated it into StreetDeck.
                            Andy
                            55 Buick Carputer - http://www.55buick.com/Carputer/carputer.htm

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                            • #15
                              That is just awesome
                              Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

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