Relocating a/c vents/controls and such...
Okay I just bought a new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
After driving around in my old SUV for about a year with a laptop on a jottodesk, I've decided to get my own carputer underway.
Im my car (suv whatever) I don't have room to put an in dash LCD (or preferably touchscreen) display in unless, you guessed it, custom fabrication work. This will entail remodeling the dash which consists of (top to bottom) the haed unit for the stereo, a/c vents, a/c controls, and finally an ashtray. I have ideas on WHERE to move the controls, but I'm looking for ideas on what to do with the vents? I suppose I could have someone custom fabricate some new ductwork for the vents and move them to the top, but the thing that is going to get me is all of the custom work to the plastic panel. I don't see how I could get around building a new one.
Okay so my questions... finally.
What's the best method for constructing a new panel so I may mount a display in it? I was thinking about buying the panel off of a junked/wrecked one and trying my hand at fiberglass molding (I don;t even know what you call it). Does this seem like a viable option?
How about the ductwork? Has anyone ever done this when relocating the vents? What did you use?
How about just general suggestions for AC control locations? I was thinking about sticking them in the center console on a plate of some sort (haven't thought too much about what I will actually need to mount them).?
Any suggestions for a newbie undertaking a project such as this?