PROJECT ST34LTH : Project Car Purchased w/PICS
Let me introduce myself. My name is Adam and my projects name is ST34LTH. I have been lurking around here for a while now and asking questions on some occasions and have learned a great deal from you guys. So, before I say anything else, I want to thank you guys. Now, as for my project, the name ST34LTH comes from the real word, "stealth" but mixes it up with some l33t h4x0r speak ;)
Dictionary.com defines "stealth" as the following :
1. The act of moving, proceeding, or acting in a covert way.
2. The quality or characteristic of being furtive or covert.
1. Not disclosing one's true ideology, affiliations, or positions: a stealth candidate.
2. Having or providing the ability to prevent detection by radar: a stealth bomber; stealth technology.
So, for the past couple weeks I have been compiling a requirements document for what my car will do and what constraints there are. I come from a project management and development background so I know this is will be the blueprint for the finished install. The document itself is very long so I wont bore you with all of it but I will give you a taste of my constraints below. With all of the constraints I had, I immediatley new that I would have the same amount of constraints for the car I was to choose since this was going to be a dedicated daily driver/project vehicle. I knew I wanted something big, something comfortable, something with a lot of room and something with a whole lot of features right from the factory. It also HAD to be black on black (stealth bombers arent blue or red ;)) This past weekend I found that car and picked it up from Texas. It is a Mercedes S500 and has every bell and whistle known to man and in my belief is a perfect car to start with.
My design constraints are as follows :
1. Must retain OEM look - no radio shack looking switches anywhere
2. Switches must be matched to Merc color and sizes and tactile feel
3. Use as many of the original buttons as possible
4. Color scheme must be maintained on all components and all interfaces
5. Boot time must be as fast as possible
6. Must not use a miraid of applications - all functions should come under a custom written interface
7. Audio quality must be the best possible
8. Components must be able to handle rough environment and bumpy ride with a considerable amount of bass
9. All connections will be of the highest quality materials
10. All wires will be techflexed yellow, heat shrunk and labeled to identify them from the factory wiring
11. Most of all, attention to detail will be at its highest throughout the project
12. Should integrate with as many factory busses as possible and not just piggyback more electronics
13. All electronics that are piggybacked will be done so in paralell with their original interface. All interfaces should NOT modify the original but instead tap into lines on the connector. This will be done using a stock male and female connector.
Below are some pictures of my baby (pardon the weather) :