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  • 2003 Ford Falcon BA (Australia)

    Ok

    I know this looks a bit dodgey but it was the best i could come up with.
    The BA Falcon has a integrated radio & HVAC screen in the centre of the dash. The unit cannot be removed making it difficult to find a spot for the Touch screen.

    I have decided to mount it straight over the top of the old screen. I cannot see the radio display or the HVAC controls which is a bit dodgey but will have to do for the moment.

    The PC is an E-Vectra that I have sitting in the boot. Runs of a laptop 12V car adapter (The E-vectra is a 19V PC).

    Works well. except that the power supply does not survive crank which means I have to hibernate everytime I want to crank the engine. eek!

    Anyway here are some pics... any ideas on how to improve would be greatly appriciated.

    To Come: Griffin powermate.








  • #2
    hey, not bad mate. i have seen some guys modify their screen in their BA to take a RCA conection for an XBOX, maybe you could do that, then add a touchscreen over top. i dont know if they have a switch or what to be able to still use the HVAC controls though.


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    • #3
      Nice install!

      Couple of Qs:
      How is the carptuer hooked into the audio system?
      And in the boot, looks like the floor is lower in the centre?

      Maybe using a rotating actuator arm, you can get the screen to flip up over the air vents when you want to use the controls undernearth. I dunno just me rambling on lol
      Fox Mulder
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      • #4
        Originally posted by hakhawk
        hey, not bad mate. i have seen some guys modify their screen in their BA to take a RCA conection for an XBOX, maybe you could do that, then add a touchscreen over top. i dont know if they have a switch or what to be able to still use the HVAC controls though.

        Unfortunatley I dont have the colour TFT, I only have the base model display as shown:

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Fox_Mulder
          Nice install!

          Couple of Qs:
          How is the carptuer hooked into the audio system?
          And in the boot, looks like the floor is lower in the centre?

          Maybe using a rotating actuator arm, you can get the screen to flip up over the air vents when you want to use the controls undernearth. I dunno just me rambling on lol
          The audio is linked into the factory sound system, which luckily has an audio in jack.

          The boot has a sunken centre. which is really wierd. I could probably mount the carputer in the sunken bit, so its out of sight, but I figured it would get better ventilation where it is sitting now.

          Yeah I was thinking of making some kind of folding arm.... thats the next project!

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          • #6
            Looks good. It would look much nicer, if you could relocate that OEM display, and fab the screen in there...
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            • #7
              Or maybe you can fabircate the screen into a little pod above the air vents. So you'll have to make the pod and cut into the dash above that then bondo or something it all together...
              Fox Mulder
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              • #8
                Orrr take the screen out of its housing, and make up one of these.

                That holds my 7" lilliput after I take it out of its housing.
                2004 Ford Falcon XR6

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bob^
                  Orrr take the screen out of its housing, and make up one of these.

                  That holds my 7" lilliput after I take it out of its housing.
                  Bob, thats great, where did you get the shroud from? did you make it yourself?


                  I would need to get a lilput if that was the case.

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                  • #10
                    How is the viewing angle down there? Seems a little too low...
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                    • #11
                      It's fine. Havn't tried it out in sunlight though yet as its still a work in progress.

                      jaytyn, I made the shroud myself from a piece of 9mm mdf, which had a cutout that fits the screen, and then a piece of 3mm mdf over the top which has the cutout for the viewable part of the screen
                      2004 Ford Falcon XR6

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                      • #12
                        There is this company: http://www.asllogistics.com that can upgrade the standard "green" lcd to a TFT colour jobbie as shown below for $1100. The only problem is that it will not be touch screen. I guess I can probably try and get a touch film. but the problem is the TFT will be composite in...

                        ANy ideas... I really want an integrated solution and this sounds like the best way based on the BA Falcons design.

                        From this:


                        To This:

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                        • #13
                          Why not just get them to mod the system and have your vga lcd installed instead then all you have to do is switch the signal from VGA to RCA 1 so u can change the temps etc

                          This way the VGA lcd is installed

                          Problem is do they use a 5" or 7" LCD? i think they use 5" i would ask them to see if they could create a bezal for a 7" screen and do the mod for composite output.
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                          • #14
                            how do u find the screen you currently have? what resolution do you run on it? i'm just personally wondering if i should pay basically twice as much for a lilliput over one of the ones you're using...

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                            • #15
                              I was going to use my factory screen but gave up on it in the end. The screen is approx 6" from memory
                              2004 Ford Falcon XR6

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