Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Mustang 2000 GT 7" Xenarc CarPuter

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Mustang 2000 GT 7" Xenarc CarPuter

    After checking the other Mustangs here I've decided to grab the tools and start to do something.
    I don't like to cut or change too much on my car. I'm trying to make that everything look OEM.
    I have some pictures that I'll publish here and I hope to end up with something nice.
    Attached Files
    Mustang 2000 GT Silver
    LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
    Slot DVD-RW

  • #2
    Mach 460...

    I've received the harness for the Mach 460 factory connectors.

    http://www.installer.com/item/displa...php?it=70-5510

    I tested it with a Mac Laptop and the output volume is "fair". The "Line Out" signal from the Laptop should be amplified a little more to meet the input levels of the factory amplifiers. (Or maybe it's about the impedance from the "Line Out")
    I'm trying to find the Specs from the Mach 460 Amps to be sure.
    I've used to have a Pioneer stereo connected right from the amplified output to the Mach 460 amps and everything was working fine.
    Attached Files
    Mustang 2000 GT Silver
    LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
    Slot DVD-RW

    Comment


    • #3
      Bezel construction

      I've started to build the bezel. I'm using an Epoxy Putty to do it.
      It's easy to sand and strong.
      Attached Files
      Mustang 2000 GT Silver
      LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
      Slot DVD-RW

      Comment


      • #4
        Bezel construction and some other issues....

        I've been using the epoxy putty Por-15 and I like that product very much.
        It's easy to apply and sand, yet strong and somewhat flexible.
        I took a plastic case from a broken Acer Laptop to use as a base for my LCD mounting. It's the same kind of TPO plastic as the car bezel, but softer.
        I'm doing the bezel in 3 parts so far. One is the car original bezel, the other is the original LCD bezel and the third is my that connects everything.
        I want to keek them separated by now to make it easier to sand and keeping the lines.
        The "Acer" bezel is going to be flat, and sanding it to keep flat is much easier without anything around it.
        Covering the other bezels in Saran Wrap or "Press and Seal" keeps the putty from bonding everything. I used the Por-15 putty around the Acer bezel and inside the hole for the LCD with the LCD bezel in place.
        That way I can make it to fix ion the right position. After sanding in flat I'll bond the Acer bezel and the car's as one piece. Then I'll use some kind of bracket to attach the HOLE LCD assembly into place. That's easy in case of having to replace the screen someday.

        ----

        On another subject, I was working on the amplifier connection to the computer.
        I hooked up my HP Laptop to the Metra harness with the four RCA inputs (Low signal FL-FR-RL-RR) and it sounds pretty loader than the MacBook I used before. That makes it really easy to work with the Mach 460 Sound System. Everybody was telling my how complicated it was to work with it. But it works perfectly this way :-)

        ----

        I'm looking for a place for the computer yet. I can't find any place but the side of the trunk so far. I want easy access to it just in case... We know how PC's and Micro$oft get along, right?...

        ----

        Talking about that: Software.... Still trying to have something to run smoothly. I'm playing wir StreetDeck Trial and my MS MapPoint 2k6. I'm using a Stripped version of XP Pro that I've made with nLite. So far the best platform I've found. I'm looking at Windows Embedded too, maybe there's a way to go there too.

        ----

        That's all for now. We'll see what else next week.
        Mustang 2000 GT Silver
        LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
        Slot DVD-RW

        Comment


        • #5
          More pics of the bezel ...

          Just a few more pictures of the bezel. The last ones are with the primer applied.
          Attached Files
          Mustang 2000 GT Silver
          LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
          Slot DVD-RW

          Comment


          • #6
            I've been kicking around doing a car PC but it seems the bezel thing is a giant pain in the ***.
            Where did you get this?


            Do you know of any aftermarket 99-04 mustang bezels?
            2003 10th Anniversary Mustang Cobra
            CarPC project: 1% [■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■]
            MagnaFlow Cat-Back
            MAC Pro Chamber
            K&N CAI
            MGW short-throw shifter

            Comment


            • #7
              Bezel

              I took the original bezel and sawed it off to get that.
              I've relocated the A/C controls to make the space for the screen. Note that the A/C vents on the upper part will not allow a full depth double din unit to fit. Since I'm using a 7" LCD it's ok.
              You can adapt the older (99-01) bezel like mine to your 2003 if you like. I've never heard of any aftermarket ones. I'll post more next week. I want to finish the car before Christmas if possible.

              Godd luck with the install.
              Mustang 2000 GT Silver
              LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
              Slot DVD-RW

              Comment


              • #8
                More pics...

                I have the bezel almost ready. I've made a hole for the dvd unit on a friend's machine shop with a CNC Milling Marchine: A $500,000 machine dedicated for 1 hour on such a silly hole, what a waste... :-) They sold the Manual Bridgeport that I've been using for my small projects, because nobody at the shop needed it anymore. I'm planning on buying my own (From Harbor Freight and make it CNC).
                Back to the car, I'm running the cables now, repairing some RUST on the right quarter panel and replacing the rubber molding on the rear windshield.

                I'll post more soon.

                Merry Christmas.
                Attached Files
                Mustang 2000 GT Silver
                LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
                Slot DVD-RW

                Comment


                • #9
                  looks great ... keep up the good work!
                  69 Mustang
                  408 clevor AFD 2v heads - Viper T56
                  Audio:RUX-C701, PXA-H701, MRV-F545, (2) MRD-M1005, SIR-SC-H1, DMHD1000, Dayton Audio: (2) RS180-4, (2) RS28F-4, (2) RSS265HO-44 DVC

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    lookin good man. dont stop till your done

                    i'm going to be using the same harness for mine. I dont really need it so far so i havent picked mine up yet. Metra said this one would work best.

                    what are you using off that other grey plug for the headunit?

                    what PC are you going to use?
                    95 Mustang 5.0
                    Custom Case, VIA m10000, 512 MB, 80gig, M2-ATX, Slot Load DVD, 7" LCD Touchscreen

                    80% done

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Looks great! Which DVD drive are you using? Still looking for one that I like at a reasonable price.

                      I would also think about supporting the back of the DVD somehow. It's plenty strong in a static position but in the car it may crack your bezel if you go over a pot hole or something along that line. Just a thought
                      If you can dream it you can build it ( I think )
                      Build File

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Some answers...

                        Dan95five0:
                        The gray harness from Post #5 is where I'll pick up (Ignition +12v) to detect when I turn the key and to send the Amplifiers signal to turn them on. I think that's all by now. Power comes from another connector already installed on my car. (Post #11)
                        I've sent cables form that connector to the trunk for the DC/DC Poweer supply, and to the LCD from the +12v output from the DC/DC. Also I've sent a 4 channel RCA audio cable (Twisted Premium), a USB for the DVD Rom, the 16feet Extended cable for the Xenarc LCD (VGA + Touchscreen USB) and a Cat 5 for Power/Mute and just in case, from the trunk to the console too.
                        After replacing the old Seat Belts for new ones, I'll put the bench seat and panels back in place.
                        I'll be installing the cables soon. Also I'm making an enclosure to put the computer in the trunk (on the drivers side) and maybe a subwoofer and Amp on the right side.
                        The next step is Computer Hardware/Software. Tha's the part I'll hate the most. I like to work with materials on the car, but I just want the software to be stable (And since it's Windows based, that's not gonna happen) :-(

                        I'm using some spare parts (Main Board, Memory, Processor. Etc.
                        I bought a USB GPS Antenna, a Slot DVD Rom, CF 8gb Card + IDE Apdapter, etc.

                        I think it's some kind of AMD the one I'll use. I just need to pick the faster one.

                        csurfer:
                        I'm using a standard DVD-ROM from EBay. (The cheapest Slot unit I've found. An enclosure for it is installed as well to make it easy to replace in case it breaks or something.
                        It's pretty strong but it will be reinforced as mentioned, eventually.


                        Thanks everybody for the support. I'll post more soon.
                        I can't finish before New Year, but it'll be close to it.
                        Mustang 2000 GT Silver
                        LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
                        Slot DVD-RW

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          any updates yet?
                          95 Mustang 5.0
                          Custom Case, VIA m10000, 512 MB, 80gig, M2-ATX, Slot Load DVD, 7" LCD Touchscreen

                          80% done

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            I'd like to see some updates too! I'm thinking about putting a 2001 mustang dash and console in my 88 thunderbird and want to see how it comes together...

                            Also, what was the plastic wrapped around the factory bezel in those pics for?

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Saran Wrap

                              Originally posted by booksix View Post
                              I'd like to see some updates too! I'm thinking about putting a 2001 mustang dash and console in my 88 thunderbird and want to see how it comes together...

                              Also, what was the plastic wrapped around the factory bezel in those pics for?
                              I've used Saran Wrap to keep the putty away from the original bezel. Just until last minute I've kept everything separated. It made my life easier when it was time to sand it. After that, I applied some putty from the inside to hold both parts as one.

                              More updates are comming...
                              Mustang 2000 GT Silver
                              LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
                              Slot DVD-RW

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X