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    just begun installing my carputer, starting with the screen. i don't have much to show as of right now, as i've only worked on it one day, and i'm an idiot and didn't have my camera with me during that first day. it's a pretty basic install. all i've really needed to get to where i am now is bondo, dremel, and sandpaper. still needs some sanding, and touching up, but i think it's a decent start. let me know what you all think so far. again, sorry for the lack of before/after pics


    http://www.ipwnj00.net/carputer/side.jpg

    http://www.ipwnj00.net/carputer/bottom.jpg

    http://www.ipwnj00.net/carputer/front.jpg

  • #2
    looks gooood!!! keep up the good work :-D i got a 94 explorer check out my page... www.explorer.aajanachle.com -- soon to do a navigator or esclade conversion!!!

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    • #3
      thanks dj. i like your setup, very nice.

      here's some more pics of the dash. pretty much done with it now. only thing i have to do now before i can put it in my car is clear out the screw mounts in my car that get in the way of the screen. it's not perfect, but i'm definitely happy with the result

      http://www.ipwnj00.net/carputer/100_4292.jpg
      http://www.ipwnj00.net/carputer/painted.jpg
      http://www.ipwnj00.net/carputer/painted2.jpg
      http://www.ipwnj00.net/carputer/finished.jpg

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      • #4
        nice.. I have a 98 X .. I'm thinkig of doing the same you have.. right now it's just press fitted.. greta for debugging.. but I've got most of the kinks worked out..

        however I moved my head unit to that space in the bottom.. and my AC controls to the bottom center console.. ..
        Shawn



        Check out my web company Minneapolis Web Designer | MODx Web Design - Himmelberger Design

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        • #5
          looking pretty good ... I'd suggest sanding it down a bit more and really work the feather sanding around the corners. you can see where the bondo stops and the plastic starts. with enough feather sanding you can get this to be seamless.

          also the picture may be misleading but I think you could get a smoother finish on the paint if you did it in multiple light layers sprayed from a distance, and wet sand with some super fine grit paper between coats. (did you use primer at all?)

          looking good though!
          My JeepPC Install

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          "it's been agreed the whole world stinks so no one's taking showers anymore"

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          • #6
            Nice work with the dash. Should look well when installed. Keep up the good work.


            PS. Should this be in worklogs? Just a question, I don't want to ruffle any feathers.
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            • #7
              thanks for the suggestions. i think i may go back and feather sand it.


              i've never noticed the worklogs forum. sorry about posting here. would a moderator be so kind as to move this to the worklogs forum?

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              • #8
                i went back and sanded it with 600 grit sandpaper and applied a couple more coats of paint, sanding in between. definitely made a difference. here are a couple pics of it in my car and ghetto rigged to a laptop i had lying around.
                http://www.ipwnj00.net/carputer/indashfar.jpg
                http://www.ipwnj00.net/carputer/indashclose.jpg

                let me know what you think

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                • #9
                  hard to tell exactally but looks like the extra sanding and paint made a big difference. looking good.
                  My JeepPC Install

                  "there are no stupid questions, just stupid people."

                  "it's been agreed the whole world stinks so no one's taking showers anymore"

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                  • #10
                    Looking good,, very similar to the install i did,,i used the xenarc though so it took more cutting to fit the larger xenarc case in there

                    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=41640

                    Sporttracguy
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                    • #11
                      that looks sooooo GREAT. you pwn

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                      • #12
                        thanks for all the replies and compliments.

                        i'm thinkin about putting the dvd drive for the computer in my console, in the same area that sporttracguy put his second screen (nice install, btw)
                        i was thinkin about cuttin open a little slot and fiberglassing a little box in it look stock
                        i was thinkin about using this dvd drive
                        https://www.carbotpc.com/store/index...ion=item&id=44

                        it's definitely a little pricey, but it looks perfect for what i want

                        any thoughts?

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                        • #13
                          I just tried doing mine this last few days.. uh what a wreck.. I kinda rushed it though ..

                          how to you get your shapes so straight?.. I got a large metal file hoping that would help give me better l"straightness" .. but I always end up getting little waves and funny spots.. block sanding maybe? .. ..

                          I put a CD-ROM drive where your AC controls are though.. and tilted the screen back about 10 degrees .. I've been looking at OEM gps stuff.. and they are all tilted back.. so as to not reflect the shirt of the "hottie" beside you. or scruffy friend .. and that portion works very well.. but like all things I supose I'll need to try more.. looks great though!
                          Shawn



                          Check out my web company Minneapolis Web Designer | MODx Web Design - Himmelberger Design

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                          • #14
                            i just sanded....and sanded..and sanded...and when something wasn't looking right, i just globbed on some more bondo, used the dremel to grind it down to the correct general shape, and then bust out the 80 and 180 grit sandpaper to get it about right. then after reading some of the suggestions on this thread, i used 600 grit sandpaper to fix the seams between the bondo and dash. good thing i did, too, because i found a large section of the left side of the screen frame that had still-gooey bondo about a millimeter under hardened bondo. guess i didn't use enoguh hardener in that batch of bondo. had to redo basically half of that side, but i'm glad i caught the mistake when i did.

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                            • #15
                              that drive is wayy too expensive..why dont you buy a slot load dvd BURNER for the same price from armen at digitalww.com? he seems to have some nice selection! and its a little cheaper than that!
                              i got dat ***** sittin on 22s! SUPERMAN EDITION!

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