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    ZMp3

    *Updated 6/5/05*

    The following is work in progess...estimated completion date, it'll never be done.


    The Intro: I've been around the forums for a while and have been influenced by many of the folks here as well as people that are not (Ashley Powers being one of them). This is my third car and it is also my third mp3car setup. First a red 87 Sentra, then a gray 90 Maxima, and now a black 90 300zx nonturbo.

    The Glory: Moving from a mid sized family sedan to a 2 door rwd sports car was a big change. The car is smaller yet the same size, lower to the ground and there is definitely less interior room but it feels spacious. The Z is a 2 seater 5spd incase anyone was interesting

    The Guts:
    80 Gig Western Digital 7200rpm drive
    USB Soundblaster mp3+ with rca outputs
    512 sdram
    Pc Power and Cooling 12v PSU
    7in Lilliput installed in a digitallww.com in dash housing
    USB GPS reciever, external magnetic mount
    Remote power and reset switches with blue leds for HD and PW
    The computer is currently mounted behind the drivers seat.
    100% stealth install. PC is running MediaCar which will soon be upgraded to Road Runner.
    Consult adapter running NissanDataScan software for engine troubleshooting and maintenance.
    Winxp pro

    The Unseen: 8 guage Lighting Audio power and ground cables running to a Jensen 5 channel Amp mounted behind the passenger seat
    Infinity speakers in doors and rear hatch, all 5 1/5
    2 10inch Infinity Kappa subs in the hatch
    Rca switch box to go back and forth from the headunit to computer

    Future Additions:
    Am/fm/dms radio thats being developed in the hardware forum
    road runner
    Alex
    90 300zx twinturbo conversion
    Epia C3, 512 ram, syntax mobo, 80 gig WD, Mediacar, GPS w/Routis, all behind drivers seat, 7in Lcd Lilliput VGA with Touch, wireless adapter for stumbling, Consult ODB1 adapter and data scanner.

  • #2
    That is looking like a killer install, would be pretty slick to see a stiff hinge at the bottom of the LCD since you aren't putting it into the dash. That way you could always adjust for glare.

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    • #3
      Moose, well i just mounted the screen last night it is fixed in one position but i think it will be ok with glare. thanks for the input
      Alex
      90 300zx twinturbo conversion
      Epia C3, 512 ram, syntax mobo, 80 gig WD, Mediacar, GPS w/Routis, all behind drivers seat, 7in Lcd Lilliput VGA with Touch, wireless adapter for stumbling, Consult ODB1 adapter and data scanner.

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      • #4
        sweet install...but, aren't you afraid of smashing that puter? i mean, there is no case, and from what i see it just behind your seat?? you dont think there is a need to protect it?

        How do you plan on mounting that screen? cant wait to see the finished project!
        MP3 GT

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        • #5
          Very nice choice for a car. Got any pics of the exterior?

          Your install looks like its coming along nicely. Did you try grounding the motherboard to the chassis of the car to reduce the static? Also, it would be nice to see a custom LCD install for a clean look and also security.

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          • #6
            El, for pics of the outside...two reasons i haven't posted pics yet, still waiting for a good day to take some pics...the car needs a good paint job.

            the 12.1 will not fit in dash...however i know an 8.4 will. i've been searching for months for an 8.4 with 1024x768 at 16.7mil colors with direct vga input and relatively inexpensive...i have found none under the 700 dollar mark which is absurd.

            as for the noise, i think its picking it up from the power lead going to the psu, i'm gonna try to reroute it or possibly go with an external sound card
            Alex
            90 300zx twinturbo conversion
            Epia C3, 512 ram, syntax mobo, 80 gig WD, Mediacar, GPS w/Routis, all behind drivers seat, 7in Lcd Lilliput VGA with Touch, wireless adapter for stumbling, Consult ODB1 adapter and data scanner.

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            • #7
              I realize that the LCD is too wide to do an in dash mount, but have you thought about a fiberglass enclosure that would attach to the dash and the LCD.. regardless, your install looks like its going to be sweet and I'm anxious to see it finished. Good luck with everything.

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              • #8
                ahh ok i wasn't sure what you were getting at. it turns out i wasn't very happy with out it was mounted. i think i'm gonna do more of an ashley powers setup with the screen on top, vents relocated to the bottom. the sub boxes are done though. check out the website for updated pics www.mattoree.com/z
                Alex
                90 300zx twinturbo conversion
                Epia C3, 512 ram, syntax mobo, 80 gig WD, Mediacar, GPS w/Routis, all behind drivers seat, 7in Lcd Lilliput VGA with Touch, wireless adapter for stumbling, Consult ODB1 adapter and data scanner.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by spyhunter
                  the 12.1 will not fit in dash...however i know an 8.4 will...
                  This just got me wondering, has anyone here done a vertical install of a larger screen like this? I only have a 6.4" 640x480 LCD and it isn't mounted in dash, so I rotated it vertically and used NV Rotate to rotate the display, but my screen is just too small for it to be useful (the 480 across is what kills it).
                  I think it would look so cool for someone to do an in dash vertical display with a 10-13" display that can do 1024x768, or 768x1024 with this new installation style. It would fit better in narrow consoles and would look kind of futuristic. A widescreen display could be even better for this unique look.
                  Definitely a con if you are doing a lot of video. But if you built a killer skin for your mp3 player of choice it would look like a factory option.

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                  • #10
                    How are you liking the LiteStep? Have you created your own interface or are you using one of the more generic ones found on the Net? Also, what O/S are you using as your kernal?

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                    • #11
                      love it. the one you see if what i use, win98se
                      Alex
                      90 300zx twinturbo conversion
                      Epia C3, 512 ram, syntax mobo, 80 gig WD, Mediacar, GPS w/Routis, all behind drivers seat, 7in Lcd Lilliput VGA with Touch, wireless adapter for stumbling, Consult ODB1 adapter and data scanner.

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                      • #12
                        some more updates....

                        haven't posted in a bit...basically cause i've had to pull the tranny twice this week...not fun. anyhow new clutch lightened flywheel rear main oil seal, pivot ball, throw out bearing, dust boot, and short throw shifter went on the car. nough said, i made some more progress on the dash board remodel...
                        Alex
                        90 300zx twinturbo conversion
                        Epia C3, 512 ram, syntax mobo, 80 gig WD, Mediacar, GPS w/Routis, all behind drivers seat, 7in Lcd Lilliput VGA with Touch, wireless adapter for stumbling, Consult ODB1 adapter and data scanner.

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                        • #13
                          Spyhunter man, drop down the size of those pics from 1600x1200 to a more suitable 640x480 or somethin man, even on my 19" monitor i'm scrolling like crazy.
                          If you do plan to mount that screen there then it looks like you'll need to do some type of fabrication of a new LCD housing.
                          GTI - Palm IIIe controlled with Radio faceplate hack for keyboard control of WinAmp w/ Vocal Genre playlist loading.
                          VW Bus - 10.4" vga lcd. Loaded with same software as above.

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                          • #14
                            Nice job.

                            In my opinion, the screen is too big for the dashboard. It would distract me from driving.

                            I personally love the customized boxes for the Kappas. Great job, I'm thinking of do the same for my car as well.

                            How do you power those subs? any pic of the amp set up?

                            Thai.

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                            • #15
                              Nice job spyhunter, glad to see you kept up with the carputer in the new car. I see your still sticking to that "everything nailed to a board" case. Keep us posted on final versions.
                              Mine needs to be updated.

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