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  • 1995 Volvo 850 T5 -- 2 din install

    After a long delay (other projects, and general lack of interest), my project is progressing.

    The plan is relatively simple: take a duplicate stock deck (2 din), fit a 7" TS LCD into it (recessed a bit), stick the machine in the trunk and still allow the LCD deck to be removeable.

    Hardware
    EPIA M10000
    512MB DDR
    M1-ATX (died before I can put the PC in)
    OPUS 90W DC-DC
    27GB WD (will get something bigger later)
    SP-719 7" TS LCD

    Stock Layout
    Bad photo, but you can see where the stock deck is. The entire dash is angled towards the driver a bit, so viewing angle is more or less proper. The deck pulls out with two clips and slides on rails. My goal is to retain this ability with the new deck.



    Issues
    One major is issue is that there is no space for buttons or knobs on the deck with a 7" LCD fit in there. Having atleast buttons is a MUST. But I don't want to butcher the dash up to have this luxury. If you look to the right of the shifter in the center console (photo below), right under the passenger heated seat switch, you can see there is a blank space (unlike the left, which has the Winter/econ/sport mode selector). The plan is to drill a hole into the wood trim straight through to the bottom of the center console (there is PLENTY of space under there) and put in an ALPS rotary encoder w/ 8-way switch (ala iDrive). Cap that off with a relatively clean and small knob, and perhaps add orange LEDs under it to so that it fits with the rest of the center console's lighting.



    Fabrication
    Okay, so basically now that I got all my parts I started to work on the fabrication of the "deck-LCD"

    Stock deck with everything other than the cage left in. You can see the little plastic clips upfront sticking out, I want those to remain in the deck.


    Starting to dremel out the front plate.


    Test fit. From here you can also see the rails (black) which the deck slides on into the dash. Isn't that a perfect fit?


    Stock bezel cut out. Very rough cuts since I'll be bondo'ing it eitherway.


    Temporary fit of the LCD's bezel under the stock bezel.


    The fitment in the above photo has the LCD too far back. I am going to bring it much further out. Maybe only 3-4mm sunk in, but definitely not 8mm.

    More to come as I work on it!

    Oh and even though everyone has seen these (or has em), the mobo and PSU.

  • #2
    ohhh, looking good! that fitment is just picture perfect...

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    • #3
      looks like its working out nicely so far. keep us updated.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jon102034050
        ohhh, looking good! that fitment is just picture perfect...
        Yeah, it fit pretty well! However it's not 100% centered. The viewable part is not centered onto the panel, the part with the CCFL is 2mm longer.

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        • #5
          This looks really promising!
          That's an awesome car btw.
          Renault Megane...the OEM look

          The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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          • #6
            Hey man, congrats on getting it going. I just saw a picture of my house with my old 850 in front of it and damn, I want one again, was actually looking around ebay and some other listings, good luck with the project, I'm sure coming from you it will be impressive.
            :: '97 2.5 TL :: CarPC 1.0: Complete :: CarPC 2.0: 95% ::

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cris
              This looks really promising!
              That's an awesome car btw.
              I think it's looking promising as well! Hopefully it works out as good as I hope it will.

              Thanks! It's a fun car.. if only it was a bit bigger (it's midway between a 3-series and 5-series in terms of interior room) and wasn't FWD!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by UnsanePyro
                Hey man, congrats on getting it going. I just saw a picture of my house with my old 850 in front of it and damn, I want one again, was actually looking around ebay and some other listings, good luck with the project, I'm sure coming from you it will be impressive.
                Thanks man! How's your TL going? You should visit VS sometime again...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LiquidKernel
                  Thanks man! How's your TL going? You should visit VS sometime again...
                  The TL is going pretty well, I've got a couple little issues with ti right now, but really stuff that is my fault so I can't complain.

                  I actually opened VS back up, I think I'm gonna start posting over there again, it's a cool group of people.

                  Did bing move out to Cali?
                  :: '97 2.5 TL :: CarPC 1.0: Complete :: CarPC 2.0: 95% ::

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LiquidKernel
                    I think it's looking promising as well! Hopefully it works out as good as I hope it will.

                    Thanks! It's a fun car.. if only it was a bit bigger (it's midway between a 3-series and 5-series in terms of interior room) and wasn't FWD!


                    What's that I read in your sig: custom LED brake lights, BOSCH E46 Single-Xenon retrofit? Could you post spme pics of that?
                    Renault Megane...the OEM look

                    The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by UnsanePyro
                      The TL is going pretty well, I've got a couple little issues with ti right now, but really stuff that is my fault so I can't complain.

                      I actually opened VS back up, I think I'm gonna start posting over there again, it's a cool group of people.

                      Did bing move out to Cali?
                      Yep, bing lives in San Jose I think... I saw him at the Santa Cruz meet last last year.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cris
                        What's that I read in your sig: custom LED brake lights, BOSCH E46 Single-Xenon retrofit? Could you post spme pics of that?
                        Of course...

                        The LED brake lights are nothing special really. A little later I'll do one for the top bar of the tail lights using SuperFlux LEDs. Currently I have 40 LEDs on a PCB where the brake light bulb used to be. In the photo below the left tail light is on the right, and the right is on the left.

                        What's cool though is that it does the super quick on-off like LED tail lights do.


                        The BOSCH projector retrofit is an HID retrofit I did to my headlights. Used 2.5" BOSCH single-xenon projectors, BOSCH gen2 ballasts and Philips 85122 D2S bulbs. Currently I have fluted lenses on the front, so the cutoff is distorted, but it's still a world of difference versus stock. The output is VERY good, with a nice wide spread (on a dark freeway at night I can see atleast two lanes to the left and right of me). Down-the-road illumination is pretty good too. Not as good as Acura TL or Lexus LS430 projectors, but still good! The 3rd photo has a pic of the beam pattern, which is really bad due to the flueted glass lenses. Fourth photo shows the projector and shroud w/o the flueted lens.








                        As you can tell, I like lighting

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                        • #13
                          how did you do the rear led's??

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by blacklancer
                            how did you do the rear led's??
                            PCB with 40 LEDs, seperated in sections containing 4 in series, two sections are then wired up in parallel and that set of 8 are sitting in series with a large wattage resistor (forgot the ohm rating though).



                            Cut out the part of the tail light that holds the bulb and stuck the board in place instead.

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                            • #15
                              sweet headlights, i've been going to put some Helios HIDs in my alti for a while now, just cant seem to find the money right now though.... Do you think it was worth the time/money? btw how much did it cost for the headlights?

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