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  • My 2001 Sport Trac Install

    Well after much deliberation I avoided the home grown PC option in favor of a prebuilt PC I picked up on E-bay. I have built many PC's but I have found I am getting lazy in my old age.

    My Setup:

    Cappuccino GX1 PC (E-Bay $280)
    1 Gig Celeron
    256 MB Memory
    40 Gig Laptop Hard Drive

    Lilliput 7" TouchScreen (MP3Car $278)
    First Location:

    Current Location:

    iFree RF Wireless USB Keyboard w/Track Ball Mouse (E-Bay $32)

    Laptop Notebook Car Airplane DC Power Adapter Charger (E-Bay $27)

    Netgear USB 802.11b Adapter ($17)

    USB Hub ($10)

    Multi Slot Flash Card reader ($10)

    ITPS (MP3Car $42) (Installed)

    Update: 5/20/2004

    CoPilot Live (MP3Car $280)
    Radio Xtreme ($57)

    Grand Total: $614 + $280 + $57 = $951 (Ouch)

    Software: Frodoplayer 1.04b, Streets & Trips, Co Pilot Live/7

    I was going to originally Bondo the screen into the Dash but it looked so good where I temporarily mounted it that I am having second thoughts. The screen comes with a mounting base. I made a wood platform and mounted the screen base to it. Then I wrapped the whole thing in a black rubber mouse pad that closely matches the original rubber insert. Opinions?

    I wired an external power switch to a button on the side of my center console to remotely turn on/off my PC. I am now going to wire that to an ITPS when it arrives. I set the BIOS to hibernate the PC when the power button is pushed and the PC automatically turns on when power is applied.

    I replaced the cheap 9-Pin connector that came with the lilliput. It was a source of much trouble an consternation. It never made good connections and eventually failed. I used a serial DB9 connector which works great.

    I investigated the Auto Power-on method that involved installing a capacitor and a resistor but I was uncomfortable with soldering such tiny connections. I opted for an alternative that combines the shorting of the power button with a cut-off switch. This allows me to set the Screen to always come on when power is applied but also to temporarily disable this feature when I need to use the other buttons.

    I originally had the PC in my glove compartment but it got way too toasty in there. Upwards of 155 degrees. I relocated it under the back seat. Much cooler now.

    I am currently using a Garmin Etrex GPS connected to my PC with a serial cable and have Streets & Trips as the interface. I will probably get co-pilot 7 and a usb gps next year.

    And finally there is my "High Tech" security system for preventing prying eyes from tempting any passers by from enjoying my work a little to much.

    Update: 5/26/2004
    I went ahead and mounted it in the dash. Gotta come up with a revised security system.

    Update: 7/7/2004
    I found that the hooks fit perfectly into my air vents. Works well and I dont have to reinvent the wheel.
    Don't Fear The Gurkey
    Click here to check out My Setup

  • #2
    A most excellent idea for security!
    Chrysler 300 - Fabricating


    • #3
      Great install! It seems you like to take a lot of notes when you drive...
      - 3+ years & still no carputer!
      - Done collecting parts
      - Currently planning setup


      • #4
        Nice....but do you ever park uphill?


        • #5
          Turned out really nice. Between my post and your post over the weekend I guess we are up-to-date on each other setup, are we still having lunch next week?


          • #6
            I've got a sport trac to and have been thinking about fiberglassing it into the console because I hadnt seen one done like this and I really like it and I am going to skip fiberglass after seeing this. How did you get ur audio setup?


            • #7
              My truck came with a 6 CD In-Dash changer that had no way of taking an audio input. A PIE connection was also not an option so I bought a CD/Cassette Deck off of ebay, removed the Face Plate and inserted a cassette adapator to feed in the audio. I then ran the wire from the adaptor behind the face plate and out the back so it was not visible.

              Izik: Not sure what you are talking about. You must have me confused with another member.
              Don't Fear The Gurkey
              Click here to check out My Setup


              • #8
                Originally posted by wkolodny
                Izik: Not sure what you are talking about. You must have me confused with another member.
                I guess you just never read my posts... ask Steve who "Izik" may be


                • #9
                  My Bad

                  Sorry Ron. Brain Fart. I actually never knew your ID. Steve never told me.
                  Don't Fear The Gurkey
                  Click here to check out My Setup


                  • #10
                    Very clean install. I just finished my install on my 99 Ranger. My dash bezel is almost identical to yours, so I'll get some pics up tonight and show you what it looks like with a 7" LCD flush-mounted into the radio bezel.

                    99 Ford Ranger - Bagged and laying frame

                    Current Carputer project:
                    Custom mounted 7" LCD w/ TSK in radio bezel
                    Custom center console for relocated headunit
                    Via Epia M10000
                    OPUS PSU


                    • #11
                      Very Nice install looks great... curious... are you using the touchscreen function of the Lilliput??? What difficulties did you find???? How do you find FrodoPlayer????
                      65 Mustang (Black on Black), 289 V8 Done up...
                      Purple Neon (Chassis and Engine)
                      Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, P3 Laptop (DVD, MP3, GPS)
                      Pioneer Audio (Two 6x9's, Two 5 1/4's, Two 3 1/2's and a 10" Sub)
                      Powered by Two Pioneer 240W Amps


                      • #12
                        The touchscreen is my main interface to the PC. I just have the wireless keyboard around for editing config files and transferring files onto the PC.

                        Frodoplayer Rocks IMHO. It is a tad buggy but is loaded with features that the other interfaces dont seem to implement as well. The onscreen search function, the sliders to control song/movie postition, and the visualizations in a small window all set it apart from the rest.
                        Don't Fear The Gurkey
                        Click here to check out My Setup


                        • #13
                          Got My ITPS installed

                          Works great. I am powering both my Lilliput and my Cappuccino PC off of the output from the ITPS. Just a note for those of you who may want to copy this setup, BE SURE to apply a solder bump as described in the installation manual to disable voltage regulation. It will not work if you dont do this. I found out the hard way.

                          Also make sure you enclose the ITPS in something nonconductive as the manual states the heat sink has +12v on it. I put it inside a little plastic drawer and wrapped it with electrical tape afterwards.

                          Also here is a picture of my modification to the Lilliput.

                          If you look closely you will see a small switch attched to my new 9 pin connector. The switch is wired to both sides of the screen power button. When I want it to turn on automatically I leave it switched ON. When I need to adjust some settings I turn it OFF. When it is in the ON position you can still manually turn the screen off and on by hitting any button besides the power button.
                          Don't Fear The Gurkey
                          Click here to check out My Setup


                          • #14
                            Nice but bro what about a custom fiberglass into that center console? the space you have the screen now would be perfect for molding.
                            Mine needs to be updated.


                            • #15
                              I would like to go that route but I want people in the back to be able to see it. The angle just doesnt work.
                              Don't Fear The Gurkey
                              Click here to check out My Setup