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    Hey everyone, just thought i'd share my project to show what i'm doing. I'm still in the process of finishing everything, but feel free to make suggestions or ask questions.

    Right now here's a pic of the center console I'm working on. I modified a 1U rackmount computer chassis to match my pro sound gear i converted to 12VDC. Check it out!

    I have a lot going on with this truck and will share more pics later.

    Thanks
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  • #2
    That's not a drivers seat, that's a cockpit!! Each driver will have to get checked out on the unit before flying it, I mean driving it. Looks good though!
    My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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    • #3
      wow really? why do u need all that in your car?

      might as well put a rack behind your seat :P

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      • #4
        Love the setup..... I would cover the unit with similar interior fabric to get everything look the same. Me, I wouldnt have did it like that because its too exposed. One slip of a drink and its gone.

        As far as the "why do you really need all that in the car" comment, its all about different users needs. I'm installing 7 computers in mine. Main system in a similar center console, but in the second row and protected by a plastc barrier for accidents and dust. All the other six are in the back in a special built rack.

        Middle Console:


        Rear PC Bracket and Hatch:
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        • #5
          I love it! I think i doesnt have to look factory-made.
          The low budget model ! 2005 F-150
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          • -Custom fiberglass console, CB,Interfaced OBDII
          • -In-dash multimedia w/ bluetooth
          • -Piconet PAN & Wifi Edge internet
          • -Advantech relay board, Pololu microcontrollers w/servos
          • -Embedded Axim palmtop w/backup GPS

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SaiLong View Post
            I love it! I think i doesnt have to look factory-made.
            I made mine close to factory because I actually like the interior stock.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ZX1Cruizer View Post
              Love the setup..... I would cover the unit with similar interior fabric to get everything look the same. Me, I wouldnt have did it like that because its too exposed. One slip of a drink and its gone.

              As far as the "why do you really need all that in the car" comment, its all about different users needs. I'm installing 7 computers in mine. Main system in a similar center console, but in the second row and protected by a plastc barrier for accidents and dust. All the other six are in the back in a special built rack.

              Middle Console:


              Rear PC Bracket and Hatch:
              Nice console!!

              What do the 7 computers in your car do?
              System in progress:
              New install in progress...

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              • #8
                Thanks! I wasn't sure if I wanted to wrap it in vinyl or fiberglass and paint. My gf wants to glass and paint, but i think it'll look closer to factory if i wrap in gray vinyl. As far as the equipment, it's just a digital eq and two 6ch xovers. I'm running two 15"s in the bed, two 12"s for midbass under the rear seat, two horns under the dash for mid/high and two tweeters on the dash for high. I got the tonneau on linear actuators and all the amps in the bed. i'll have to get some more pics up later.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Undertaker View Post
                  Nice console!!

                  What do the 7 computers in your car do?
                  The main one is for all the good stuff, sat tv, internet, obd2, emulators and tons of other stuff. The other six is one PC for each seat. If any people do not want to say watch a movie or what ever everyone is doing, then they hot a button and it switches over to a personal system. Those systems are limited to internet, music, video, chat and what not.

                  Originally posted by 1996C1500 View Post
                  Thanks! I wasn't sure if I wanted to wrap it in vinyl or fiberglass and paint. My gf wants to glass and paint, but i think it'll look closer to factory if i wrap in gray vinyl. As far as the equipment, it's just a digital eq and two 6ch xovers. I'm running two 15"s in the bed, two 12"s for midbass under the rear seat, two horns under the dash for mid/high and two tweeters on the dash for high. I got the tonneau on linear actuators and all the amps in the bed. i'll have to get some more pics up later.
                  Wrapping always looks closer to stock. Its also easier to fix if damamged. I also noticed that the texture in vinyl is close to what the auto companies use. With fiberglass its 99.9% impossiable to match textures.

                  So wait? No CarPC?
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                  4X MK808b
                  3x Perixx Touchpads
                  3x 7 inch Screens
                  1X 7 inch motorized Screen
                  1x Win 7 PC

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                  • #10
                    Truck PC



                    I do have a computer lol. That's why i'm showing my console. I pulled it out for a better look.

                    It's a supermicro 1U rackmount chassis that I sawed to make fit. It was originally 14" deep, so I cut some of the middle out and moved the back towards the front. I stuffed an M4-ATX power supply, Jetway Mobo, 2.6Ghz Dual Core AMD processor, 4G ram, 80GB SSD, 300GB HDD, and slim DVD drive.

                    I wasn't thinking about spilling any drinks on it, but now that you say it that would really suck! I may cover the gear with plexiglass or could even do an armrest, but i like it exposed. The crossovers have bouncing LEDs for the levels on each speaker and the EQ has a 31 band RTA that bounces too. I like it all in the middle for easy access so I can adjust and tweak all my xover and eq settings.

                    But yeah i'm leaning towards vinyl becuase I have never done it before and it seems like it's less labor intensive that the fiberglass (which I have done). I mean how hard can it be right?? Sure I say that now.... haha

                    That's really cool about the multiple PCs for each passenger. I could never do that becuase even though my truck has a back seat, it's really just a two-seater. Even the bed has little useful space.

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                    • #11
                      ZX1 Cruizer, did you wrap your center console or did you have somebody do it? I noticed it's even stiched, that seems like some hard work now that I'm looking at it.

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                      • #12
                        wow...

                        what brand is the rackmount audio gear and what did you go through to convert them?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 1996C1500 View Post


                          I do have a computer lol. That's why i'm showing my console. I pulled it out for a better look.

                          It's a supermicro 1U rackmount chassis that I sawed to make fit. It was originally 14" deep, so I cut some of the middle out and moved the back towards the front. I stuffed an M4-ATX power supply, Jetway Mobo, 2.6Ghz Dual Core AMD processor, 4G ram, 80GB SSD, 300GB HDD, and slim DVD drive.

                          I wasn't thinking about spilling any drinks on it, but now that you say it that would really suck! I may cover the gear with plexiglass or could even do an armrest, but i like it exposed. The crossovers have bouncing LEDs for the levels on each speaker and the EQ has a 31 band RTA that bounces too. I like it all in the middle for easy access so I can adjust and tweak all my xover and eq settings.

                          But yeah i'm leaning towards vinyl becuase I have never done it before and it seems like it's less labor intensive that the fiberglass (which I have done). I mean how hard can it be right?? Sure I say that now.... haha

                          That's really cool about the multiple PCs for each passenger. I could never do that because even though my truck has a back seat, it's really just a two-seater. Even the bed has little useful space.
                          Wow that looks so cool. Its nice how it all fits into that slim form factor. Let me ask, are the air vents at the front, which would be your top? If you cover it with plexi, wont that block those holes? Well it depends if you can sow. Also make sure to use padding under the vinyl or it will bubble.

                          Originally posted by 1996C1500 View Post
                          ZX1 Cruizer, did you wrap your center console or did you have somebody do it? I noticed it's even stiched, that seems like some hard work now that I'm looking at it.
                          I did not wrap my console. i designed it, told a upholsterer what I wanted and he did his magic. i was very impressed with the guy I used because in the past, the upholsterers would use glue to hold it together. Over time heat would make it come undone. Then I found this guy and he does this stitching which makes it look OEM. He does upholstery on luxury yachts so thankfully he translates his luxury work into all his projects. Hes going to be ****ed that he may have to redo my rear hatch because I want to redesign it to be different.
                          Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

                          1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
                          4X MK808b
                          3x Perixx Touchpads
                          3x 7 inch Screens
                          1X 7 inch motorized Screen
                          1x Win 7 PC

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Darkhorse972 View Post
                            what brand is the rackmount audio gear and what did you go through to convert them?
                            I'm running a Behringer DEQ2496 (http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products...x/DEQ2496.aspx) and two Behringer DCX2496 (http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/DCX2496.aspx)

                            I've used several different Active crossovers and 31 Band EQs, but this is my current setup and I really like it. In the past i've used Image Dynamics graphic EQ and active crossover, Kicker crossovers, and once had a Pioneer Premier P-9 Combo. The great thing about the DEQ is that it accepts the digital optical toslink from my mobo, and has a mic input with RTA and auto tuning. All have clipping and limit LEDs too. There's so much these units will do, and even though they aren't top of the line prosound gear they work nicely in the car. To convert them to 12V, i just bought these power supplies (http://envisionelec.net/index.php?ma...&products_id=2) They work great, easy to install, and soft on/off. You can also connect the DCX to your carputer and adjust all the settings that way, but since my units are in the console to my side I just adjust it by hand.

                            Also, the prosound gear outputs are XLR, so I bought a spool of microphone cable and soldered XLR and RCA ends. You can buy adapters too.







                            Originally posted by ZX1Cruizer View Post
                            Wow that looks so cool. Its nice how it all fits into that slim form factor. Let me ask, are the air vents at the front, which would be your top? If you cover it with plexi, wont that block those holes? Well it depends if you can sow. Also make sure to use padding under the vinyl or it will bubble.





                            I did not wrap my console. i designed it, told a upholsterer what I wanted and he did his magic. i was very impressed with the guy I used because in the past, the upholsterers would use glue to hold it together. Over time heat would make it come undone. Then I found this guy and he does this stitching which makes it look OEM. He does upholstery on luxury yachts so thankfully he translates his luxury work into all his projects. Hes going to be ****ed that he may have to redo my rear hatch because I want to redesign it to be different.
                            I'm sure he'll like the business though!

                            The normal airflow for the 1U is at the front yes. I run the PC with the top of the case off at the moment. I do have a 1U space vent above the computer and below the DEQ. This is sort of for looks and to take up space, and it also functions as a vent to allow heat to escape. I would consider venting out the side or back with fans if I did cover with plexiglass. I wouldn't think that would be much of a problem. I doubt i would be able to sew but I love how it adds that much more custom/factory look to it. I'm still unsure on how I will wrap this monster. I'm already thinking about moving the 10.4" screen into the dash and moving my AC vents to the center console. I have a head unit in my dash, but it's not even hooked up to anything. Just there to take up space and fill the hole, becuase I go from my motherboard's digital out to the prosound gear.

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                            • #15
                              This is one mean setup. Do you compete in SQ competitions?
                              2007 Camry Altise In-dash Car PC

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