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  • StevieG's Ford Focus Car PC

    Project Name: Ford Focus MP3 Car PC
    Car: 2003 Ford Focus MP3
    Engine: 1.8
    Basic Stereo Information: Ford MP3 Head Unit
    Project Status: COMPLETE
    Features:
    * Voice Control - Working
    * Satellite Navigation - Working
    * Satellite Tracking - Testing
    * Cameras - Testing
    * Internet Access - Working both GPRS/WLAN
    * Live Traffic Data - Working
    * Information from the Car's Engine Management Computer (Working)
    * Videos and DVDs - Working (Only used when legal to do so!!!)
    * Radio - Working
    * MP3 - Working
    * Mobile Phone hands free - Working
    Pictures:
    The Car:

    Car PC:


    More Information:
    Full install information on my website

    (Reposted as original thread was mainly about my previous install in my Toyota MR2)
    Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
    Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

  • #2
    EDIT: First post updated, so this follows some of the build, however full worklog is available on my website, in the 'Building the Car PC' section in the 'Installs' section.

    OK, so now you know about the current version...

    The next version is now on the way though!

    The lilliput is going in the dashboard, so now I've bought a new fascia panel to get the screen modded into...


    I've sent the screen off to Chris at Car-Tech [email protected] who's doing an excellent job of fabricating to look OEM.. Here's a picture he sent yesterday that shows the job so far...



    As I'm getting rid of the head unit, I've bought an amp to do that job...



    I'll let you know more as it happens..
    Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
    Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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    • #3
      Looking tres bon chap!

      Can't wait to have a look and compare at the uk meet
      =======================================
      EPIA M10000, Kingston 256MB, 40G 2.5" HDD, 40G 3.5" HDD, LG slim CD/DVD,
      Customised Cubid 2699R, Xenarc 7" moulded in dash, Opus 90w, bu-303

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      • #4
        The screen install is underway. I picked up the screen from Chris at Car-Tech on Saturday.





        Now I've got it the next step was to test fit everything/


        Off it comes the original fascia panel


        And on goes the new one with screen installed! As it's just a test fit I didn't screw the heater controls back in but know it's gonna fit.

        Massive size versions by clicking on the pictures here... http://www.stevieg.org/carpc/install/building/v4.html

        Once I've sorted the boot install, It'll be sorted proper in the next few weeks.
        Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
        Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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        • #5
          Those latest pics are beautiful. Sure going to be one clean looking dashboard.
          Mark

          Website: http://www.greenpowerenthusiast.com/

          Car'Puter Project
          - Xenarc 700TSV
          - MSI RS482M-IL Mobo + AMD Turion MT-32 (25W)
          - 1x 256MB Corsair XMMS DDR400
          - M2-ATX
          - Belkin 802.11G W-Nic
          - Garmin 15H GPS
          - WinXP SP2 (NLited)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by stevieg
            The screen install is underway. I picked up the screen from Chris at Car-Tech on Saturday.





            Now I've got it the next step was to test fit everything/


            Off it comes the original fascia panel


            And on goes the new one with screen installed! As it's just a test fit I didn't screw the heater controls back in but know it's gonna fit.

            Massive size versions by clicking on the pictures here... http://www.stevieg.org/carpc/install/building/v4.html

            Once I've sorted the boot install, It'll be sorted proper in the next few weeks.

            Steve looks great the console looks better than OE ford could do!

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            • #7
              looks good!

              just curious, are you going to do anything with the case? or just leave it the way it is?

              =]
              Jan Bennett
              FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

              Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Red GTi VR6
                looks good!

                just curious, are you going to do anything with the case? or just leave it the way it is?

                =]

                the case is going in a custom box. I am making one similar to this:

                http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/...ars/ampenc.htm
                Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
                Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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                • #9
                  sweet!

                  love to see custom work!
                  Jan Bennett
                  FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                  Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                  • #10
                    Sweet mate! Can't wait to see it all at the meet
                    =======================================
                    EPIA M10000, Kingston 256MB, 40G 2.5" HDD, 40G 3.5" HDD, LG slim CD/DVD,
                    Customised Cubid 2699R, Xenarc 7" moulded in dash, Opus 90w, bu-303

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                    • #11
                      Right... Feeling ill this weekend so not done as much as I planned, but still got somewhere...

                      First of all I've done the lilliput auto on mod - http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=24047

                      and it works really well!



                      and wired the system all up on the test bed to check for one that the lilliput still works...



                      Next though is sorting the OS - XP on the VIA 800 is quite slow with Centrafuse (which I want to use for the time being) so I'm going to have to look at my various options to get the most out of the hardware!
                      Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
                      Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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                      • #12
                        its looking good m8 :-) get that camera out and take some more photos..
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CdRsKuLL
                          its looking good m8 :-) get that camera out and take some more photos..
                          What you wanna see?
                          Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
                          Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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                          • #14
                            What are you using for voice control? Custom software?
                            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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                            • #15
                              I was using VOICES, next version will use 0l33t's stuff or something custom based on SAPI 5.1, it's easy to program.
                              Ford Focus MP3 : www.stevieg.org/carpc Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
                              Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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