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  • 2001 Miata CarPC

    OK - so I bought Miata, which I am working on at the moment and it will become my daily driver.

    I'll be placing the carpc into this Miata, not the Volvo (my daughter gets the Volvo and really doesn't want a carpc)

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    Last edited by seangh; 05-25-2013, 05:03 PM.
    Worklog
    2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
    AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

  • #2
    Good start. Great to have the pictures with it. Welcome aboard!
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    If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

    2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...res-links.html
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    • #3
      Thanks RD! Love this place. But now, after looking at some of these project threads, I'm thinking I might go with more of a clean OEM look and integrate that monitor bezel with the fascia with just a bit more filling and sanding to make it look like one piece. Thinking....
      Worklog
      2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
      AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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      • #4
        As I'm re-assembling my fascia with monitor, it occurs to me that I will not be able to re-attach the back cover to the monitor. The circuit board will remain exposed inside the dash. I've assumed all along that this is probably OK - but is it? Anyone have any thoughts on this?
        Worklog
        2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
        AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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        • #5
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          Worklog
          2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
          AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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          • #6
            Alright - time for an update. I've been working on my Miata's suspension and brakes over the last 2 months, so I have not had much time to get the CARPC started. But this last week, I began the install because I took the interior apart to install a roll bar. I thought it was a good time to get the CARPC rolling.
            Worklog
            2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
            AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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            • #7
              The cabin is tight. I had considered putting the voom case behind the passenger seat. The seat can push back against it, so I would have to place a stop on the seat rails to prevent this. In addition, I run with the top down 80% of the time, which means the case would be exposed to the elements, including the occasional surprise rain shower - or more typically, heavy coastal fog. Then there is the possibility of theft - not the best location then.


              I ran aluminum backed foam duct insulation to help with noise. It's the frostking product - yeah not the best - but better than nothing, it's also cheap and importantly it is very light (much lighter than butyl or other heavier mats.)


              I decided the trunk was the only practical place for the CARPC and other components. Actually, the Miata trunk is not as small as you might think. As long as I keep the case up against the rear deck firewall and off the spare that sits directly under the carpet, it's all good. The Legacy amp and HD Zoom radio will get stacked and shoved off to the left side. The MJS gadgets and Sirius receiver will get mounted on the rear firewall with velcro strips above the case.




              The Xenarc fits nicely into the stock radio trim ring after being trimmed with a dremel in order to get the monitor to sit inset.


              The monitor is atached to the bezel with home made clips.
              Worklog
              2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
              AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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              • #8
                Normally, I think the trunk is a poor location for a carPC, but sometimes space dictates that as the only choice. In your car, I suspect you've chosen the best place, unless you could cram it into the space behind the screen.

                Looks like you do nice work, and I bet you can make this a very tidy, functional installation.
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                If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

                2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...res-links.html
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rdholtz View Post
                  Normally, I think the trunk is a poor location for a carPC, but sometimes space dictates that as the only choice. In your car, I suspect you've chosen the best place, unless you could cram it into the space behind the screen.

                  Looks like you do nice work, and I bet you can make this a very tidy, functional installation.
                  Thanks! I have plenty of clean up yet to do. I really just have it roughed in at the moment.

                  My brother, who's a miata enthusiast as well, came by and tells me I should shock mount the Voom case because it's gonna rattle to pieces with my sport suspension. But I suspect it will be fine.

                  In a Miata there are a few places to mount a PC case. Behind the seats, either on the shelf where the convertible top lays on, or on the slanted wall behind the seat backs. But in my case, the Voom enclosure is just too big, and I don't like the case being exposed to weather or eyeballs. It's possible to mount a super mini case in the "tunnels" on either side of the gas tank. That was where I intended to mount my little Legacy amp, but the roll bar made the space unusable.

                  Ill see how the trunk install works. So far, I'm not losing much luggage space and I'm not interfering with the spare tire, so I'm happy about that. There is room behind the monitor in the dash, and I suspect I may attempt a double din sized install as my next project... (like MPR90)http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...ata-carpc.html but that's down the road.
                  Worklog
                  2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
                  AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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                  • #10
                    Darn. I connected up the monitor and rolled the miata out to the sun - can't see a thing in direct sunlight, barely readable in shaded sunlight.

                    May have to build a shade for it. No budget for a monitor upgrade at the moment.
                    Worklog
                    2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
                    AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by seangh View Post
                      . . . I suspect I may attempt a double din sized install as my next project... (like MPR90)http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...ata-carpc.html but that's down the road.
                      I like the in-dash location. I started out with an underseat carPC, moved on to an EeePC sitting on/in the dash, and am now building a double-DIN installation.

                      I think your brother's concern about shock is valid -- just mounting the Voom with some rubber biscuits on either side of the mount feet will help, although mounting it vertically will present some additional challenges.
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                      If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

                      2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...res-links.html
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                      • #12
                        Well - the trunk is not working out so well at the moment. While I tested the PC in the trunk, I never did so during the day in warm weather. After getting everything buttoned up, I took the car PC out on its maiden voyage on Saturday in 80+ degree weather only to have it crash.

                        The bios reported a CPU temp of 211F - which I'm assuming is about 30 or so degrees above the normal operating temp for the VIA C7. On the bench, the temp would range from 130 to 180F and I never had a crash.

                        So, I need to consider:

                        1) Better ventilation - I'm thinking of running some flex hose connected to air scoops that I would discreetly attach somewhere. Also run additional fans.

                        or

                        2) Relocate computer to the cabin (behind the seats on the shelf) or build a double din unit and mount in the dash like MPR90 http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...ata-carpc.html
                        Worklog
                        2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
                        AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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                        • #13
                          Quick update. I did relocate the CPU behind the passenger seat, but still had over-heating issues. I think it's just a bad CPU at this point. The whole computers a mess since it's crashed so many times - it's time for an upgrade.
                          [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qormVFoTyFE[/media]

                          Just bought a new Atom MB. Hopefully that will solve my over-heating issues.
                          Worklog
                          2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
                          AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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                          • #14
                            Update. Just replaced the PC with a Appradio2 with my Samasung Galaxy S3, ARLiberator and CarHome Ultra. With the 120.00 pioneer rebate (valid thru May 31 2013) spent 250.00 on the whole thing at Crutchfield and they throw in the Pioneer connection kit (65.00) and all the accessories required to install the radio. although I did have to buy the Samsung brand MHL dongle for S3 separately . It's really the way to go.
                            Last edited by seangh; 05-29-2013, 08:46 AM.
                            Worklog
                            2001 Miata, Base with convenience package.
                            AppRadio2, Samsung Galaxy 3 with ARLiberator & CarHome App front end. :)

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                            • #15
                              I have a 2001 Miata also and.....

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