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  • New carputer project started - 350z (56k beware)

    I had posted a couple of times before to show off my old 97 A4 carputer project... but since that car was totalled in October, I have started the install of the carputer into my 2003 350z.

    old system:


    start of new system:
    started fabrication on my dash assembly. Used an american international dash kit, screwed it in from the back and epoxied the front. Then filled in the map pocket using a piece of plexiglass to house my notebook dvd drive (usb housing) for the carputer setup. It all has been bondo'd to match the curve of the dash. It's obviously still a work in progress and I will be posting pictures as I progress.

    epoxied:


    plexi in - dvd drive test fitted


    starting to bondo


    starting to sand


    bad pic but it shows the contour


    test fitting


    guidecoat:




    here's the lower console area smoothed and painted already (used SEM plastic and vinyl paints - titanium metallic with a satin clearcoat)


    installing the 7" xenarc screen in the stock nav location
    let me know what you think

  • #2
    Looking very promising! But why not mold the front black plate from the optical drive, I think it would look much better.
    I like the RF head unit, looks a lot like a Denon one? How is it in terms of audio quality?
    Renault Megane...the OEM look

    The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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    • #3
      that RF head unit is one nice unit!

      it's from the 90s and was made by denon back then....too bad their head units aren't the same quality now....or even close really....=/

      lookig good so far!

      I've always thought that it would be perfect to put a puter in a 350Z......I almost traded in my GTi on one.....track version of course...lol

      so many little nooks and crannys...it's just begging for one!
      Jan Bennett
      FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

      Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by StutterinJ
        here's the lower console area smoothed and painted already (used SEM plastic and vinyl paints - titanium metallic with a satin clearcoat)


        installing the 7" xenarc screen in the stock nav location
        let me know what you think
        sorry to bring this back, but that rattle can overhaul looks very good....got anymore pics?
        Molded Screen:
        [++++++----] 60%
        DVD & Rest of audio:
        [++++++----] 60%


        2004 Accord Coupe, Satin Silver K24 5 Speed powa!

        7" Lilliput Screen, non touch with lots of Bondo
        NTB DVD player or put XBOX in car

        My 04 Accord Picture Thread

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        • #5
          looks good :-D sorry bout your audi :-(

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          • #6
            Do you still have a gallery of your audi somewhere? I am buying an a4 very soon and really have wanted to do exactly what you have done in that picture. It was very professional looking. I love the OEM look.

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            • #7
              got a couple of friends that put the 2003 350Z compartment in their 04 and 05...the 03's factory nav compartment not only flips up, but will slide back so that it is recessed...the only negative is that the color is just slightly off- looks good nonetheless
              CarPC #3: 99% Complete
              Pentium M 1.7Ghz, 1GB DDR2 RAM
              DVD/CD-RW installed in dash below monitor
              OEM LCD relocated for 7" Touchscreen
              Wi-Fi, GPS, PS2 controllers...
              500+ full albums
              4,000+ video games
              music videos, movies, & more!
              old carPC

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              • #8
                mounting the screen is sure nice and easy, certainly made my life easier

                |V1 Virtual Display|

                Hard work often pays off over time, laziness always pays off right now.

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                • #9
                  How good of a match was that SEM titanium color?
                  Fabricator

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                  • #10
                    nice!

                    my sanding skills suck!
                    2001 Acura CL traded for a 2006 Subaru Legacy GT
                    7" Lilliput Touchscreen
                    NANO-ITX+m1-atx
                    512 DDRsodimm
                    60g SATA Laptop HD
                    4x Apple DVDslot
                    digimoto OBDii
                    mS GPS
                    mini BT keyboard
                    relocated HU faceplate

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                    • #11
                      Very nice, that paint job looks excellent! It didn't even occur to me to use a satin clear coat to get that OEM flat look instead of everything being all glossy.
                      2002 Subaru WRX - Silver
                      -FP18G turbo
                      -Walbro fuel pump
                      -Modified OEM 840 CC Injectors
                      -TurboXS: UTEC, turboback, uppipe, intake
                      -Blitz FMIC
                      -STI cluster
                      -17"x7.5" SSR Competitions
                      -Tein Flex coilovers
                      -NOS 50 shot
                      -2004 rear conversion

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                      • #12
                        That looks very good. I would like to see pics of it completed and installed.

                        I am trying to get a handle on the car pc. Why use the PC and the head unit?

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