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  • '97 Ford Mustang Cobra

    First off, credit for the screen mounting concept goes to XStremeSteel, check out his project at:

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=79784

    I like the simplicity of the install that he did, and it comes out super clean with minimal hacking.

    The only thing that I did differently was to make some simple 'L' brackets to secure the climate controls to the metal under dash structure.

    The Specs:
    Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touchscreen LCD
    Via EPIA EN-15000G mobo in a VOOMPC case
    512mb RAM, 40GB HD
    M2-ATX ps
    Windows XP

    I removed the old head-unit/CD player, relocated the climate controls to the spot that the old CD player was installed, and glued in the Xenarc headrest bezel with some very hi-temp hot glue (the 300deg f stuff). The audio from the EN15k is wired directly to the factory Mach 460 amps.

    My main reason for installing the carputer is being tired of carting around a laptop to tune the car... which is using a MegaSquirt programmable EFI box. Now I have in-dash tuning capabilities! I'll also be installing Centifuse to replace the audio that I'm missing now that my cd/head unit is gone.

    The Pix:








    The information on this forum is invaluable, and I couldn't have set this thing up without it!!!

  • #2
    Great setup! That headrest mount makes it look OEM. And god damn that is a large snail in there! T-72 or something? Last year I just sold my 01 GT w/Vortec blower and built engine. Put down 523whp. Looks like yours puts out well north of that.
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    Black 2000 Audi S4 (Stage 1)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sid3ways S13 View Post
      Great setup! That headrest mount makes it look OEM. And god damn that is a large snail in there! T-72 or something? Last year I just sold my 01 GT w/Vortec blower and built engine. Put down 523whp. Looks like yours puts out well north of that.

      Thanks man!
      Youre close! its a T76 (actually a PT76GTS). Thats a healthy running 2V you had. Depending on the boost, the car makes from 500-650RWHP, havent turned the boost up over about 15psi so far!

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      • #4
        Clean install and beautifullllll snake

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        • #5
          Nice setup. Nicer motor. :P
          2004 Ford Mustang

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          • #6
            Thanks for the compliments guys...much appreciated!

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            • #7
              What company's turbo kit is that? Or is it a custom job? Looks similar to the PTK kit, but not exactly. The '97's had the teksid aluminum blocks so you've got quite a foundation to work off of. Can't believe you've had enough retrainst not to turn the boost up past 15psi. Not dogging you, I can certainly understand why you would want to keep the boost low, I just don't think I would have the self restraint when its as easy as the turn of a knob to increase the boost. What are some of the other stats on the car? Are you still running stock internals? Stock or built tranny?

              -Kevin
              2004 Mystichrome Cobra Install: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...a-install.html

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              • #8
                I think I need to change my underwear after seeing that engine Beautiful man! Nice!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Homebrew View Post
                  What company's turbo kit is that? Or is it a custom job? Looks similar to the PTK kit, but not exactly. The '97's had the teksid aluminum blocks so you've got quite a foundation to work off of. Can't believe you've had enough retrainst not to turn the boost up past 15psi. Not dogging you, I can certainly understand why you would want to keep the boost low, I just don't think I would have the self restraint when its as easy as the turn of a knob to increase the boost. What are some of the other stats on the car? Are you still running stock internals? Stock or built tranny?

                  -Kevin
                  Kevin,
                  LOL...ya, I hear ya. I've actually not had the need to turn it up that far just yet... I've only run the car on my street tires, and it has some traction problems even at 15psi in 4th gear it still likes to spin the tires!! The kit is an MMR custom kit, which I modified when I switched to the automatic...

                  The car actually does have forged internals (Manley H-Beams, JE 9.2 Pistons). So turning it up shouldn't be an issue. I've also transplanted a 4r70w, which I built up myself with PA upgraded internals, a PA valve body w/transbrake (for when I do go to sticker tires), and a PI Stallion 9" torque converter.

                  On street tires, the cars gone a best of [email protected], with a crappy 2.2 60ft time (at 3500ft elevation)... I think it's got a bit more in it, even at 15psi!

                  Best,
                  Justin

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                  • #10
                    Thats quite a ride you have there man. I can totally understand where you're coming from about the street tires. That much power is a handfull on street tires. Nice install and nice ride. Congrats.

                    -Kevin
                    2004 Mystichrome Cobra Install: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...a-install.html

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                    • #11
                      Justin,
                      Where are you located? I recognize the car, I'm wondering if you live in AZ?

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                      • #12
                        I'm in So Cal... seems like lots of people have the same idea with the black headlights and wheels though... guess it wasn't such a unique idea afterall...LOL!

                        Justin

                        Originally posted by SuperJ View Post
                        Justin,
                        Where are you located? I recognize the car, I'm wondering if you live in AZ?

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                        • #13
                          Awesome install.. sweet *** turbo setup.

                          I was considering relocating the a/c controls but decided against it. I like the screen sitting a little lower, stays out of sunlight a bit more and attracts a little less attention...
                          2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
                          Specs: Epia M2-1000, 512mb ram, SB Audigy NX, Lilliput 7" Touchscreen, M2-ATX, DVD, 160gb HDD, gps, obdII, wifi, bluetooth, XM radio, HQCT and Logitech wireless gamepad.
                          Install Status: DONE

                          My XM FAQ

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Pyros! If I had some better fabrication skillz, I'd probably have done like you did, but haven't done the whole fiberglass thing before, so chickened out. Also, with the AOD, the shifter has moved closer to the dash, making it tough to use the screen when the shifter is in park.

                            You're car is awesome, your screen setup looks completely factory!!

                            Justin

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                            • #15
                              I hear relocating the A/C controlls are a pain. What kind of issues did you run into when you relocated the A/C controlls? I've been talking to Homebrew on SVTPerformance.com about his install and am just starting to get my computer hardware/software together. I'll have a screen in a few months after I tackle some grinding issues in my 3650 then I'll start fiberbglassing the dash.

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