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    Hello I am a proud owner of a 1975 corvette stingray and I am just asking for some advice if anyone has done anything to there C3 corvette or should I even do anykind of carputer stuff to this type of car because I know some people in my corvette club say that the worst thing you want to do to you corvette is to do custom work to it. because I do plan on selling it one day but not for at least 20 years (Im only 19). let me know If anyone has some experience or if I should try to avoid this all together. I am actually thinking about maybe integrating an Ipad or some kind of touch screen computer maybe in the dash I am not sure.

  • #2
    Because that is such a classic car, I would hesitate to alter it to the extent that you can put a PC in it. It simply speaks for itself, there's no need to try to make it more than it is. You'll only detract from it.

    20 years from now, that car will be closing in on 50 years old. An iPad alteration will look ridiculous and destroy any value to it. I vote you keep it stock and put the car PC in a recent car, perhaps a daily driver.
    Originally posted by ghettocruzer
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    • #3
      ^^^ agreed!
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      • #4
        okay so an car pc is over doing it well how about just an laptop mount? It may cut down on passenger space but who cares.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by noah3210 View Post
          okay so an car pc is over doing it well how about just an laptop mount? It may cut down on passenger space but who cares.
          Your passengers?
          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
          How about the Wiki?



          Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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          • #6
            Being a fan of the car and a fan of carputers, I can see both sides to the task. I'm not to sure how the interior works in the car, does the dash have removable panels near the center, or rather is it just one large piece? If the center has a large enough center panel for an ipad one suggestion is for you to take out that piece, store it away in a safe place where it won't get wrecked, and then make a custom panel that will not wreck any stock pieces of the vehicle. That's my best suggestion at the very least.

            Good luck!
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            • #7
              My cars are older....
              Yet they have many modifications and modernisations.

              However, two golden rules or situation apply.
              1: I still have all the original parts.
              2: Everything can be reversed.

              Electric looms are never cut - they are interfaced with adaptors or connection translators, else bypassed.
              The modified 1985 instrument cluster unbolts.
              The later 5-speed box meant a "standard" bolt-on rear-mount extension, but the added holes can be filled.
              etc etc.

              Ironically though I have no interest in PCing the beats... I had that sort of stuff decades ago.
              I now prefer being able to selects songs & adjust EQ without having to look away whilst drifting corners or observing traffic. Ironic eh? But I do like my added digital voltmeter and GPS - but I often keep the GPS with me so it remains non-intergral.



              PS - My 1965's originality is merely minimal effort & luck. Some are plug-in transplants from others (hence a BIG advantage to the hassle of the initial "translation" interface - it's quicker than hacking late vehicles).

              If it comes to not hacking but I want to do something, then me too - stuff it - I'll hack (I didn't mention its too-small radio space did I?)
              But I use my cars & vehicles - I do not buy them for their value nor investment.

              As to people that tell me NOT to rally or thrash "such a rare vehicle" - fark'em - they can always swap me for an equivalent. (That always get's 'em! It's hard enough finding equivalent performance and reliability - then there is maintainability.)

              It's like buying an art masterpiece. If you bought it for value & investment - fine.
              But if you bought it because you like it, feel free to make fridge magnets & scrapbooks from it. (In some cases "carving up" realises more value anyhow...)

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              • #8
                hack it up..

                seriously, it is your car, and you are allowed to enjoy it, don't feel confined to the limitations others might impose on you by saying it will hurt resale values..

                heck, if it was my car, i would rip out, and reform the dash out of melted junk just to mess with the old coot's that would complain about me "messing with a classic"... if someone doesn't like what you have done with the car, remind them they can build their own the "right" way-- as long as they don't have ownership, they don't have much reason to complain about any of it..

                anyways, mini "classic-car" rant to be continued later..



                there are ways to mod a car, and return it to a stock form-- i am on my third car, and the other 2 left my possession in exactly the same look, and parts as they started. my current car is getting a little more work done to then previous, but i could still return it to stock, and sell it tomorrow, and it would still have the same physical look that it had when i bought it..

                the easiest way to do this is to never mod existing parts-- get a replacement part, mod it, and save the original for when you sell the car..(i keep spare a-pillars, headlights, turn signals, tails, and reverse lights, just need a spare radio bezel...)
                My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                next project? subaru brz
                carpc undecided

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                  hack it up..

                  seriously, it is your car, and you are allowed to enjoy it, don't feel confined to the limitations others might impose on you by saying it will hurt resale values..

                  heck, if it was my car, i would rip out, and reform the dash out of melted junk just to mess with the old coot's that would complain about me "messing with a classic"... if someone doesn't like what you have done with the car, remind them they can build their own the "right" way-- as long as they don't have ownership, they don't have much reason to complain about any of it..

                  anyways, mini "classic-car" rant to be continued later..



                  there are ways to mod a car, and return it to a stock form-- i am on my third car, and the other 2 left my possession in exactly the same look, and parts as they started. my current car is getting a little more work done to then previous, but i could still return it to stock, and sell it tomorrow, and it would still have the same physical look that it had when i bought it..

                  the easiest way to do this is to never mod existing parts-- get a replacement part, mod it, and save the original for when you sell the car..(i keep spare a-pillars, headlights, turn signals, tails, and reverse lights, just need a spare radio bezel...)
                  ^^^^ Agreed!

                  When i first bought my truck, I was so worried about having to keep it close to OEM so that if I needed to, I can sell the car again. Everyone said if I do huge mods it will destroy the resale value. Well it made my Car PC setup limited to what I want to do. Finally I gave in and now my whole interior is being radically changed. Some people say its a cool idea, and others say its bad. In the end though, I am happy and thats all that matters. In the end, your the owner of the car, your the one that has to look at it everyday and drive it.

                  I will agree with OLDSPARK though, make sure everything is reversible. I made sure not to cut into anything electrical and instead simply add onto it. Its all reversible. Even the interior can be replaced, all though it would be expensive to do, it is doable.
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                  • #10
                    Ok well thanks for the advice another question my school hosts a corvette contest this may any clues on to how I can win? just to let u know I'm not a fan of chrome at all

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                    • #11
                      Cheat.
                      Or bribe.

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                      • #12
                        ^that's one solution..

                        learn who the judges are, and what they like to see on cars, and outfit yours with those features?

                        get your family to judge?

                        judge it yourself?

                        quit worrying about what other people think of your car, and build it into something you can be personally proud of? (this is what i am doing!!)

                        car contests are a great place for new ideas, and camaraderie (i have been mistaken as a news photographer with as many pics as i take of the weird, or different features of cars..), but they can also be a money pit-- sometimes it is too easy to get caught up in attempting to win as many as possible, but the reality is that every contest has different judges with different tastes.. the most consistent trait of the cars i have seen win the most are the ones that the owners are very proud of.. do it your way, and see who follows..
                        My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                        "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                        next project? subaru brz
                        carpc undecided

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                        • #13
                          And learn the competition rules - eg, if you enter as modified or original.

                          Sometimes a great original with mods is better entered as an original with points deducted for the non original bits. That's if your "original" condition is better than others - especially compared to competing against the mods with their 7-figure expenditures.
                          I assumed mine was a mod whereas it would have won as an original. But that was the last comp I ever participated in. Though I did get best mod(ernisation)s as the manufacturer would have done it. (D'oh!)

                          I was told that nowadays, if you ain't an organiser or on the committee, you don't get a prize.

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                          • #14
                            I'm not a big Chevy guy, or a Corvette guy, although in your body style 72 is my fav, I like the flat backs. Heck, I'm not even a big stock classic guy. I'd say go for it, planning is a big part and if you plan it out right, I bet you could come up with an install that looks classy and maybe even compliments the interior.

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                            • #15
                              Get a separate bezel, fab your touchscreen to that(keep the original for future re-installation when you are ready to sell the car). Build the rest of your PC(including the power source) into a self contained removable case that will go in the trunk or under the seat!
                              Or use the bezel and build a custom iPad dock with it. In this case the only external wires needed would be only to power the iPad dock, since the iPad is a complete PC unit by itself.
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