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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac // Project: Proving Grounds

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  • 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac // Project: Proving Grounds

    Reason of the Post: (Skip it if you just want to get to the project)

    Aight, So, I'm a little guarded when it comes to my truck/suv (or it could be a SUCK) and I really didn't want to do a worklog or even show it off. But then I posted on HiJack's ride and he got me thinking that if I'm going to post about others work then I should quit being a girl and post up some stuff.

    The Plan:

    "Take a harmless "Suv Truck Retard Offspring" and make it banging..."

    I have wanted to install a computer in my automobile before I had one. I think it was when I converted my midi collection to mp3... Jesus, I feel old now and I'm only 25... that the idea really hit me. So the search was on and at the time the hot thing was biscuit boards. Didn't catch that wave, and pretty much the only other thing was the Linux head unit... what was it called... the Empged? or something. That thing was tight, but I kept up the search and years went by with this dream still hanging on. So needless to say I've thought about this. A LOT. The Sport Trac is the first vehicle of my own that I really want to put a computer in, that I didn't destroy before I could, i.e. 95 Nissan 200sx.

    Its dirty, so what? She gets bathed I swear. At least once a week...
    (Jesus now I have to go through all my newegg stuff to find what I put in there...)

    1000watt Phoenix Gold 4 channel Amp I picked up locally
    800watt Boss 2 channel amp that was a pawn shop pickup on my ex-roommate's truck, when he had the system.
    2x Planet Audio 12 dual voice coil subs. I cant remember the rms and peak... I have it somewhere, if one is interested. Came with a 800w amp!
    4x factory door speakers. (It had the 6disc in-dash with the little 6" or 8" powered sub. I ripped that **** out... Even though it sounded good for factory. I wanted more!!!)
    400w Black-n-Decker Inverter (I had an M2 but that was just a test setup) The inverter is on its way out, was going to order an opus but Xoxide is closing and having a huge sale and I spent all my money.
    Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5ghz 2MB L2 65w
    ZOTAC NF6101-D-E Before anyone says it I was down with Zotac before you knew it was there..
    A-Data 2x2GB DDR2 800 PC2 6400
    Lilliput 8" Widescreen (16:9) VGA Touchscreen Support The Forum! Buy Stuff!

    Got to get:
    Opus 360
    other stuff from Store!!

    The Gibberish:

    So I started out with stuff I had laying around just so I can have a computer in my truck for when I went to Dallas last Nov for my birthday. In Flames was playing at the ballroom, Paladin ballroom? something like that. The mobo was a CUSI-FX I found in my old boss's house. It had a 1.5ghz processor I think a p4. Either way, I upped the ram to a gig and it served it purpose. Now its sitting in mineral oil dishing up some tasty tunes in the garage for when I'm out there. (I refuse to show anything of the hell spawn) It worked, slow... it had to go.

    Back up, before I did anything I mounted that screen... I started out by measuring the cavity left by the radio and measuring the screen and mobo. It was going in there at the time. So after about a day of planning the cuts and coming up a game plan, I started cutting, the very next day. Before that though I removed the HVAC controls and routed them to the center console. I then removed a important piece to the dash that held the radio up. Since I no longer had the radio installed, the cross bar piece rapidly lost its importance and was done away with like a Gangland murder. Up next the bezel. It too had some important pieces that must go away. So with Rotozip in hand I went to town. I know if I would have gotten a 7" I wouldnt have had to cut either one of them. Didn't go with future plans. So I then looked at the Lilliput bezel and didn't like it. No sir didn't like it. So with the rotozip still warm I went to it like a teenager on the playmate of the year. Sliced the *** straight off in one cut. Yeah I was impressed with myself. So I tilted the row of buttons on the Lilli to impersonate the original dash bezel and with a couple daps of glue later it was done. So I hot glued, got suave with some bondo, and with a little sanding, they were married. Forever bonded in the holy hot glue. I didn't take any pictures when I was doing it. Sorry, I had a plan and I was bound to it. I put up a stock one (Thanks Gurkey!) to compare it. I really couldn't as I only had the one... So how did I do on my first screen? I want to redo but its good enough I can live with it till I hone my skills more.

    STOCK, or Close Enough, Give wkolodny props he did good and his pictures are still up WHOO HOO!


    Sad to say it still looks this way...

    Still got to paint it. Didn't know about plastic welding at the time or I would have done that. So far so good. Its held up a year... The plan on redoing it is still up in the air... Might go bigger! MmuUHAHAHAHA (Now Jack thats an "Evil Mad Man Bent On Destroying the World and James Bond" laugh, get it right or get a job)

    The Center Console.
    Well this is going to be fun! My Plan for the console is to take TWO, thats 2x1=2, factory Ford Explorer Center Console and fuse them together into one MOTHER OF ALL CONSOLES!!!!!! MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (I'll stop doing that.) In the front console will go the zotac (which now resides in a HP case sitting on my floor board), hard drive (unlisted due to the fact its going to change and storage is up in the air until my external dies or something strikes me) and the opus. In the back console I was gonna put in another pc in back for the peeps in the rear. So after kicking some ideas around (One I might still do, It involves some high pressure freon and some coils.. Any takers?), I came up with something simple. In the front of the first console will be two 92mm fans (I'll have to look them up again, they had some high cfm/s and 12volts) In towards the middle of the whole console (The front of the rear console and the rear of the front console. Confused?) Will be vents and 2 smaller fans. This will put the "exhaust fans" right about where the base of the seat where the back rest meets the bottom frame like above where your butt goes... Shouldn't blow on anyone there with the louvers pointed down. Some more about the console later on. I make a whole post just about the console.. It deserves a walkthrough with pictures.

    As of now, I have finished getting some of the bugs out, and getting ready for some new equipment and hardware. As far as everything else goes I'm pretty much in a holding pattern till I get some cash again, and my guy hooks me up with some parts, namely the second console and another seat. I need to redo my sub box so it will match up with the console design. Heres a pic of it out of the truck. Its fits like a glove and that center rise gives a 2" gap to run cables under. It sectioned off inside so each sub has its own air space. Was going to port the back of each side.

    Nice Job Right?
    Well as an act of revenge my friend, who built the box, built it tall. Exactly high enough to prevent anyone in the back from opening the doors due to the fact it blocked the lever that opens the door from extending out completely. Thats a Nice Job!

    This is where I'm going to leave my worklog for now. Its getting later and I have work in the morning. <Insert Other Whining Complaint> So..

    Just for the ****s and giggles of it, here is the cusi-fx in all its glory in the truck. I shouldn't post this. The Power supply is screwed to the air duct facing the camera
    Originally posted by menudude
    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

  • #2
    Reserved, Gonna Update tonight.
    Originally posted by menudude
    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...


    • #3
      Originally posted by menudude
      thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...


      • #4
        thank you for the pix and time spent on this. Now I have good sense on how to do mine!


        • #5
          Your Welcome, I guess. There a few things I would do a little different, and I was in a hurry when I slapped the lcd in. I think what you see in pics is a total of 4 hours including the sanding which really took the longest. Sanding is a big part of any fab work like this. This my just be me, but it seems like 90% of the labor in these projects is sanding and it can make or break a project. Like I said it could just be me.

          This Weekend I'm gonna do the console. I'm not going to say anything about it now, cause I'm still working the details and kicking ideas off people. I will take pictures as I go this time.
          Originally posted by menudude
          thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...