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  • Beastly SuperDutyPC

    So I just plunked down scratch for a new (to me) truck. Its a early 99 Super Duty f350 4x4 Crew Cab longbed. It's a 7.3l diesel, the biggest (and widely considered most indestructable) diesel ford made for the pickup truck world. Its also a 6 speed manual, which is pretty rare to find in these trucks, let alone a crew cab. Overall I'm really stoked on the purchase, I've been truck shopping for several months now.

    I plan to make this into the ultimate worktruck/geek lair. I literally only got it a few hours ago and I'm already planning out the pc, sad right? ;p

    As for what hardware I'll end up using, I'm still completely on the drawing board. I may hack apart a laptop I have sitting around, or I might go for something more extravagent, we'll see what budget allows.

    For now I'm more interested in getting the truck up to 100% mechanical condition. Then I plan to add some things to make getting around in the snow easier, like a winch and locking diffs. I'll also be doing some work with the suspension, but for now it will do.

    The sound system is stock or less, the previous owner had a system in it of some sort, but it didn't come with the truck. The upside to that is its prewired for amps already. That will come when I can afford it, but again reliability is my first concern at the moment. I'm not a fan of huge bass or rattling down the road, I'd much rather have a modest system with amazing clarity.

    Then I'll start working on the truckputer. In the meantime I might rock a laptop or something so I can start figuring out my usage and frontend needs.

    I'll start keeping track of my ideas on this thread and note when they actually happen.

    Truck upgrades:

    Basic performance and tuning mods
    PTO hydraulic pump (tranny has PTO port built in, woot)
    hyrdaulic air compressor
    hydraulic motor to spin a salvaged 5000w generator inverter
    -motor will also be able to power a rope tow for my backcountry snowboarding persuits
    hydraulic dump bed
    hydraulic winch(s)
    additional batteries (currently 2, I'd like to have at least 4)
    Second or upgraded alternator. This truck is setup for 2 alternators already, just need to weigh my options
    Auxillary fuel tank with in-cab switch and heat for WVO/Biodiesel
    Interior upgrade, seats and dash if I can find some decent deals. I'd really like a complete king ranch interior if possible.
    Front clip upgrade, I'd like to switch over to '05 lights and grill. Might do bumper too, might go for an off-road style bumper instead.
    Off-road lights, fog lights, reverse lights, side work lights
    Locking diff(s)
    Exhaust brake
    Interior accent lighting
    New rims and tires
    Make the truck harder to break into (sheetmetal surrounds on door lock mechanisms)
    Make the truck harder to steal
    Possibly shave the door handles
    Hidden cb/scanner/radar detector
    Power rear window

    PC Features/Goals:

    Internet connectivity, wifi repeating
    Multimedia player/server
    OBD diagnostic/tuning integration
    Tire pressure monitoring system
    GPS/Navi
    Bluetooth integration/hands free dialing/texting
    Accessory control through a sea of relays
    -I don't want a lot of switch clutter for all the truck upgrades, so I'll be doing most of my switching with a microcontroller and a ton of relays hooked up to the computer
    -This will extend me the ability to toggle any switches from inside the cab or anywhere from which I can ping it
    Backup and blindspot cameras
    Climate control integration (hopefully to delete analog knobs all together, but we'll see)
    Speech recognition
    Custom stickshift knob input device
    Home automation integration

    Homebrew alarm system

    probably arduino based for power reasons, but heavily integrated with the pc
    will be able to stop and start the truck
    turn on/off high-idle mode for warm-up
    adjust climate control
    keyless entry via handheld device or rfid/biometric input
    mobile network paging of alarm events and status updates
    train-horns for siren
    turbo timer for proper cooldown before engine shutdown
    gps breadcrumbs in case of theft
    various shunt methods for preventing unauthorized startup
    biometric checks (doubles as ability to save preferences for multiple drivers)
    ir curtain and/or motion detection in interior and bed

    Thats all for now, its late, Ill edit in more tomorrow and post some pics of the truck.

    Edit: pics are up
    Last edited by SierraStroker; 11-28-2012, 02:26 PM.
    F350 Superduty 7.3L Diesel - build thread

  • #2
    Good Luck in your adventure! I see a nick-name change in the near future. My suggestion would be SuperStroker. SNO

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    • #3
      Naw, Sierra refers to the mountain range I'm from. You'll see in a minute when I take some pics =)
      F350 Superduty 7.3L Diesel - build thread

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      • #4
        My mistake, I thought you had a sierra truck and you were going from the darkside to a ford truck. Looking forward to the pics. SNO

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        • #5
          Very interesting. Looking forward to pics

          Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2

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          • #6
            Here's the pics:


            My other car is a Deere










            Her first job, pulling out my old truck



            Eery dawn
            F350 Superduty 7.3L Diesel - build thread

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            • #7
              So I spent most of the day today messing with my Kindle, struggling to get drivers working, flashing various bootloaders and roms. For a minute I even thought I'd bricked it, but managed to get it working again. After many hours of reading and struggling for a solution, finally I got it to boot without hanging.












              Jellybean up and running! Goodbye crippled Amazon OS.
              F350 Superduty 7.3L Diesel - build thread

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              • #8
                Nice to see another Super Duty build here, I'll be following your progress. I had a 99.5 SD back then which I ordered and waited for. Longest 8 weeks of my life. The PS badges are gone on yours so I can't tell if it's an early or late 99, the early ones sounded great with the louder turbo. Good luck with the build.
                My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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                • #9
                  CM10 is looking nice!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PhilG View Post
                    Nice to see another Super Duty build here, I'll be following your progress. I had a 99.5 SD back then which I ordered and waited for. Longest 8 weeks of my life. The PS badges are gone on yours so I can't tell if it's an early or late 99, the early ones sounded great with the louder turbo. Good luck with the build.
                    Thanks for stopping in, I saw your work log and you did a really nice job. I can only hope mine comes out nearly as well. Its an early 99 btw and the turbo is new and quite pleasing to the ear and right foot.
                    F350 Superduty 7.3L Diesel - build thread

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                    • #11
                      Looks like an impressive project!

                      Your choice of Kindle hardware and Android is particularly interesting.

                      What is cyanogen Mod and TWRP?

                      Where did you get the drivers?

                      Are you going to publish the technical details?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by waltersaegir View Post
                        Looks like an impressive project!

                        Your choice of Kindle hardware and Android is particularly interesting.

                        What is cyanogen Mod and TWRP?

                        Where did you get the drivers?

                        Are you going to publish the technical details?

                        Thanks for the comment. As I mentioned, I had the kindle fire sitting around that was given to me as a gift. Its not a bad piece of hardware, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a few reasons... No GPS. No bluetooth. No camera. These days you can get nicer tablets. However, I've found a workaround for the gps. I can share my phone's gps location with my tablet over wifi. I've also got 4g tethering going now so the tablet can get internet wherever I have cell service.

                        Cyanogen Mod is just a version of Jelly Bean. The rom I used was specifically designed for the Kindle Fire. More info can be found here.

                        TWRP is a boot manager. It is the tool you first install to be able to load various different roms. It can be found here.

                        If you really do decide to go the kindle route, I'd advise against it, pm me before you start flashing it and I'll be happy to help you with any details.

                        I've got the kindle in a nice military grade enclosure now and mounted to the drivers sun visor. I need to special order some 90 degree cables then I'll hardwire USB and audio to the device.

                        Keep in mind, this isn't my final PC install, just something to get me by in the meantime while I work on (and work to pay for) other projects. The idea is the tablet will extend the computer's I/O by providing another touchscreen and display device. I'll also probably keep using it for playing music since it boots instantly and doesn't require a lot of power to run for times when I leave the radio on but the truck off (which is often.)

                        I'd like to keep the tablet removable though, for times I want to take it inside somewhere. Right now I have it attached with elastic, but I may build a dock of some sort in the visor in the future, if I decide to stick with that placement.

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                        Last edited by SierraStroker; 12-12-2012, 11:07 PM.
                        F350 Superduty 7.3L Diesel - build thread

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                        • #13
                          I really like your architecture ideas:
                          mounting to the sun visor,
                          military grade enclosure (where - what die you use),
                          tablet extension of computer's I/O - touch screen,
                          removable tablet w/docking station.

                          I likely will shy away from the Kindle based upon your input. What tablet do you envision as a logical replacement?

                          As you post more details, I will attempt to replicate and become a sort-of beta tester and participate at some level.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by waltersaegir View Post
                            I really like your architecture ideas:
                            mounting to the sun visor,
                            military grade enclosure (where - what die you use),
                            tablet extension of computer's I/O - touch screen,
                            removable tablet w/docking station.

                            I likely will shy away from the Kindle based upon your input. What tablet do you envision as a logical replacement?

                            As you post more details, I will attempt to replicate and become a sort-of beta tester and participate at some level.
                            I appreciate the compliments, but you're really a bit early. I'm still just figuring things out in terms of desired placement and what components to use. I'm a chronic craigslister too, so what I use might partially be dictated by what I can find deals on used.

                            This is the case I used. Its not waterproof or anything, but its certainly resistant. Pretty solid construction and I feel like I could probably drop the thing from waist height and it would survive (not that I plan to find out.)

                            As for other tablets, I'm probably not the best versed in every current offering. However the kindle fire hd has solved most of my gripes, and is available in 8.9" as well. The new gallaxy tablets are nice too. Or if you're an apple fan you can go for an iPad. Its really about preference, most recent tablets have all the features you'd need. Just make sure you get something running 4.0+ android because the 2.x and 3.x operating systems are going to get left behind development-wise before long.
                            Last edited by SierraStroker; 12-13-2012, 12:58 PM.
                            F350 Superduty 7.3L Diesel - build thread

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                            • #15
                              How do you plan to interface the tablet's touch screen with the PC?

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