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  • 1999 Chevy Suburban

    Finally picked up an suv to haul my family around in. It is a 1999 Chevy Suburban 1500. My little old Tercel is still around but the carpc in it has died and I just havent gotten around to fixing it.


    Since as usual whenever I go to do this I have limited time before my first planned trip, being that I have about 2 weeks before I go cross country and back, and I wanted an all in one solution I have gone with a RevoSys X300 Double DIN Car PC. Hopefully it will arrive before I have to leave. This will require modifying my dash, but hey sometimes you just gotta.


    The Plan:
    1.) Install headrest monitors(Non-VGA) with built in DVD player - Done just need to finish wiring
    2.) Modify OEM visors to hold the LCD monitors(Non-VGA). - Done but passenger side visor needs fabric redone. and still need to finish the wiring.
    3.) Install RevoSys computer in dash - On Order
    4.) Install Clarion MSS430 A/V Switch - Shipped to wrong address will be delayed 2 weeks.
    5.) Modify Original XBox power supply to be straight DC-DC - Some parts have arrived
    6.) Install overhead LCD monitors for third row of seats - Still in planning would like it done by the end of July.
    7.) Install Rear view camera - On Order
    8.) Install front and rear parking sensors - On Order
    9.) Install the TPMS system - On Hold pending funds. Not a high priority right now.
    10.) Install like a Lund Sunvisor on the Suburban. Doesn't change anything for the Carputer other then lowering light levels in the front. Possibly install a camera into it and als provides a place to hide like the gps and a cellular high speed modem in.
    11.) Sure I will come up with more wants.
    Avengerki
    PC Install: 85%
    Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
    Software install and setup: 35%
    Entertainment Package: 85%

  • #2
    Visor fun

    One thing I had wanted to do in my old Tercel was replace the Visors with visors that had an lcd in them. I had even purchased them but got lazy and never installed them. So I figured I would to it on the burban.


    Well as you can see just doing a straight swap would make it look pretty funny. Since the interior is a tan and the visors I have are black that just wont look quite right. The other thing is you can almost put to of the small visors in the place of the oem visor.

    What is my solution well I will move the guts over.

    This is the OEM visor with the cover off and the mirror and lights removed.


    And the guts to the LCD replacement visor.


    I will have to desolder those five wire at the top of this board to pull the wire out of the support tube and then slip into the OEM tube. And then resolder it.


    I will have to cut the button section off the LCD visor and figure a way to mount it to the OEM visor but it is doable.

    Sorry that is as far as I got last night before my girlfriend yelled at me to go to bed.
    ------------Next Day---------------------------------
    Had to run home on my lunch break to let the dog out and decided to do a little more work on the visors.


    Desoldered the wires from the LCD visors board and snaked the wires out of the hollow support bar and then coaxed them back into the OEM visors hollow support bar.


    Resoldered the wires to the board.


    Desoldered a couple of just support wires that was holding the button board to the other board and pulled it away from the other board leaving its double sided tape.


    Did some rough cutting of the space for the LCD just using some snips. Will need to go back with the dremel to finalize the opening space and take away the little bit I still need to in order to fit the LCD. At this point I realized I should of waited on doing the resoldering of the wires, at least I will know for the other one I have to do.


    Just a dry fitting of the LCD to the visor frame, looking for where I still need to remove plastic to make it fit.

    Thats all I got done on my lunch break. I am trying to maintain the extender part of the visor. I think I will also have to make a new cloth cover for it all but it should be fun.
    Avengerki
    PC Install: 85%
    Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
    Software install and setup: 35%
    Entertainment Package: 85%

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    • #3
      Mostly just waiting on parts right now. I have the Revosys computer on order, a elmscan 5 OBD-II reader, Front and rear parking sensors(currently it will be just a standalone system.), Replacement headrests with LCD and DVD player built in. Along with a car audiovideo switch and a rearview camera.

      Most of the items for the passengers will just be video and entertainment devices. Will probably also be a mobile hotspot.
      Avengerki
      PC Install: 85%
      Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
      Software install and setup: 35%
      Entertainment Package: 85%

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      • #4
        Visor work continued.

        Reserved for something more
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        • #5
          Reserved
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          • #6
            Reserved 2
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            • #7
              looking great so far, i was wanting to go with visor screens but my old beast has terrible visors and they wont hold the weight , cant wait for some more updates

              1993 Mitsubishi Verada

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              • #8
                Got a chance last night to do a little more work on the visor. Not as much as I would of liked but it is coming along.


                Pulled out the dremel and did some fine cutting of the area making it so I can fit the lcd into the space.


                When I went to close the slide I realized it would be hitting a couple of capacitors I believe so I did some trimming of the slide area to allow it to pass. The slide still functions properly.


                Just checking to see how it looks from the front.

                I still need to figure out where I want the electronics placed. I have a few ideas but just kinda playing around right now. I was originally planning to use the original fabric, but I think I will have issues with it so I am turning to alternate plans.
                Avengerki
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                • #9
                  I am trying to figure out the best way to cover the visor. I worry that if I go with fabric it might get to hot and catch fire. I have thought about trying to find some of that heat paper I sometimes see inside of some things but not sure what it is called or where to find it.

                  My question is should I go with fabric and use some type of back or attempt to do fiberglass which is something I have never done but I have read up on the techniques and theories. Any input?
                  Avengerki
                  PC Install: 85%
                  Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
                  Software install and setup: 35%
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                  • #10
                    Continuing to work on the visors. I think I am going to go with fabric like i was thinking but going to remove the backside of the replacement visors casing to use as a backplate between the lcd and the fabric.


                    Decided to start building a frame within the frame to better hold the LCD. Just using popsicle sticks. This is about as far as I got the glue I am using really sucks and my hotglue gun battery was dead. I think I am going to get some epoxy and just go with that.


                    Desoldered the board so that I don't have to worry about ruining the board. Besides I realized I needed the board on the other side of the visor.


                    Pulled off the column molding on the drivers side, along with removing the driver's side sun visor. Also removed the passenger side molding but didn't take a picture yet.

                    I find it hard to get much done on the days I work and my fiance still wants to spend time with me.

                    Does anyone know a good way to run a wire up the column and back through the visor mounting hole? There is a hole at the top that look to be for wires and a corresponding hole up in the column behind the headliner but I jsut can't get to the hole to get the other end of a wire. And I have never taken a headliner out so I don't know how.
                    Avengerki
                    PC Install: 85%
                    Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
                    Software install and setup: 35%
                    Entertainment Package: 85%

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                    • #11
                      I have been getting a little more work done today.


                      The glue I was trying to use wasn't working so I switched to epoxy to build my frame.


                      Hopefully I don't mess the frame up with the epoxy. I am really close to the slide here.


                      Trying to get the wire for the visor up through the visor mounting hole. Wound up using a piece of the rope with some fishing weights and carefully routing the rope up through the mounting hole and the wire management hole.


                      Had to tie the rope to the wire and then use tape to make sure I could get the wire up. Took a little work but I was able to get the wire routed. I think when I go to do the drivers side I will just go up and through the headboard and bypass this wire hole, especially since the drivers side already has a large number of wires in it.


                      See I did get the wire coming through.


                      Just showing the wire following the column and going into the dash.



                      Putting back the molding.


                      And remounting the helper handle.


                      And the helper handle for the back passenger side.


                      Getting ready to do the kick plate molding panel.


                      Have the kick plate in just have to tighten the long screw in the corner of the picture. Most of the other cars I have removed the floor piece on had short screws, just annoying.


                      And finally the screw is tightened down.

                      At least I now have the passenger side wiring ran for the visor. I still have the drivers side to do and also to figure out where I am going to terminate the wiring for the visors and everything else. As I was down on the floor I realized where I was originally thinking wouldn't work.
                      Avengerki
                      PC Install: 85%
                      Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
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                      • #12
                        Lets call this what not to do.

                        I got a decent amount done today. I finished running the wires for the visors to the visors on both sides. I still don't know where I am going to actually end them. Maybe I will build a center console extension.


                        Working on actually mounting the LCD.


                        Providing some additional mounting security by running some wire through a screw hole I am not using and wrapping it around the post.


                        Doesn't look so bad.


                        Providing an additional mounting security in the upper left hand corner of the picture. It is wire through a screw hole again and wrapped around the plastic bar.


                        The location for the buttons but it is a little low.


                        The location for the controller board and all wired up.


                        Making sure I have the orientation right for the buttons. Also showing the mounting of the button panel.


                        Cut out the area for the buttons. Going to use it to secure the buttons and provide a backplate.


                        Added some more vent slits to the original back and increased the size of the original vents. I forgot to take a picture but this is mounted on the backside of visor to help protect the electronics.


                        The outer cover with fabric reapplied and also showing the holes cut for the venting and some of the reshaping around the LCD.


                        And here is where I realized I made a bad measurement. I didn't put enough space at the bottom to close it up. I will have to revisit my design for the drivers side and then come back and redo the passenger side.


                        Until I get around to redoing this just using some fabric to tie it together.


                        Mounted in the car. For some reasong ghetto keeps coming to mind.


                        Since it looks ghetto anyways and I need to redo it I went ahead and just wrote in the button labels. But I think when I redo it this will look good. Hey maybe the fabric ties just add some flair.

                        Tomorrow I will start working on getting the drivers side LCD installed in that visor. Hopefully I will get the outer cover to look better and be able to actually close it like I wanted.
                        Avengerki
                        PC Install: 85%
                        Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
                        Software install and setup: 35%
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                        • #13
                          Some more progress yesterday. I recieved my ODII ElmScan5 reader.


                          I also got the drivers side visor pulled apart and the LCD installed I still need to do the fabric portion.


                          A few minor modifications to my layout since the cords are short and the controller board gets into a different orientation. Here is where I am planning to put the button panel.


                          And here is how I actually wound up putting the button panel. A very small difference but decided to use a little more of the original plastic to make it easier to do the fabric.


                          Showing the different orientation of the controller board.


                          And a picture I forgot to take for the passenger side visor but reusing the backside of the LCD monitor to help protect the electronics.

                          In the evening I recieved my replacement headrests.
                          So I went ahead and installed them. It was pretty easy remove the old headrest.



                          Old headrest removed.


                          Adjust the new headrest posts to match the holes. Place the wires down the hole and pull through.


                          And then push the headrest down. I still have to do the wiring but at least I got this part done.


                          And what is behind the cover. It is a 7" LCD, there is a DVD player built in behind it. Unfortunately they are not VGA but they are sufficient for their intended use.

                          And that is as far as I got yesterday since I had to go rollerskating during the day and then go ice skating in the night.
                          Avengerki
                          PC Install: 85%
                          Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
                          Software install and setup: 35%
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                          • #14
                            Didn't get as far as I wanted to today. I tried taking my time on the fabric for the drivers side visor because I didn't want to have to redo it in the future.

                            I was busy and didn't take any pictures of the work on the drivers side visor but it is basically the same as the passenger side I already posted.


                            The side I will mostly see. This side looks good I will probably just go and make a frame wrapped with the same fabric to place around the LCD to cover the gaps and the black plastic.


                            You can't tell to easily but this is the bottom of the visor. I did not mess up like I did on the passenger side and have the gap. It could be better but I think it is a pretty good try.


                            And a view from the top just to show I wasn not posting a picture of the top and saying it was the bottom.

                            I also got some wires routed in the truck today. Didn't take any picture of that, but they are going to the center console.
                            Avengerki
                            PC Install: 85%
                            Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
                            Software install and setup: 35%
                            Entertainment Package: 85%

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                            • #15
                              Well I got a call from my parents last night. Apparently I forgot to check the shipping address for when I ordered the A/V switch and sent it to their house. The last time I ordered something through Amazon I had it sent to my parents house because it was christmas presents. I verified the billing address but I guess I missed the shipment address. Guess I will just have to wait a couple of weeks to install that since I will be going there anyways.

                              I am working today so I don't expect to get to much done on the wiring. Still waiting on the RevoSys computer. Maybe I will work on doing the power supply modification for an original XBox I plan to put in there since I have most of the parts for that. Kinda in a waiting game again.

                              I still have to redo or fix the passenger side visor to make it look better.

                              So at the moment my list looks like this:
                              1.) Install headrest monitors - Done just need to finish wiring
                              2.) Modify OEM visors to hold the LCD monitors. - Done but passenger side visor needs fabric redone. and still need to finish the wiring.
                              3.) Install RevoSys computer in dash - On Order
                              4.) Install Clarion MSS430 A/V Switch - Shipped to wrong address will be delayed 2 weeks.
                              5.) Modify Original XBox power supply to be straight DC-DC - Some parts have arrived
                              6.) Install overhead LCD monitors for third row of seats - Still in planning would like it done by the end of July.
                              7.) Install Rear view camera - On Order
                              8.) Install front and rear parking sensors - On Order
                              9.) I am sure I am forgetting something
                              Avengerki
                              PC Install: 85%
                              Car PC: Revo-Sys X300 Double Din: 1.3GHz Pentium
                              Software install and setup: 35%
                              Entertainment Package: 85%

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