Project start for 1965 Mustang Fastback
Hi there, new to the forum, have been reading a bunch over the last couple of weeks and I think I am ready for some feedback.
Most of what I read on the forum seems to be for late model vehicles.. mine is not, so I have some possible unique challenges.
Overall I am a computer engineer and a general geek.. if I want to I can build anything.. so here goes my next project.
The Car: 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, 289 HiPo, 4 speed gearbox, 4.11 positrack rear-end.. no power anything... original audio: 8-track player and AM radio. The car is currently being professionally restored to be my weekend driver.
The project: install a computer, sound, network, touchpanel, motor information tracking, camera, video log, internet into the car without altering anything on the original vehicle.
The main computer: a Dell laptop (C400 that I have) with 12 volt power supply, automatic power management (shutdown and boot from disk) running Linux (probably RedHat or Fedora) and possibly wine or CX office.
Attached to the computer : BU303 GPS, USB 802.11g network card, web camera, cingular edge GPRS modem, hard wired (10BaseT) network, car power adapter, external power amp, USB tach to engine.
User interface: Converted 3Com Audrey internet appliance, running VNC to control the main computer. This system is cheap and stateless. Connected to the 10BaseT network.
Sound: Amp in the trunk, speakers behind the backseat and under the dash (without modification of the original car !!!.
While running I want to be able to:
- play sound
- GPS tracking
- record video
- Record still images, GPS location, engine state and upload to video log on internet in real time.
- monitor GPS and engine statistics
- surf the internet
- automatically update sound library from central server in house (when parked in garage)
- switch between 802.11 and GPRS network as available
Planing to install everything in the trunk in a double bottom, with a lexan (or alike) cover, the touchpanel will be installed under the original dash in the center where the airconditioning would be if the car had one.
I am also planning to setup a website with information as the project goes forward and to post my video log and gps location info when it is done.
Any feedback ideas?
Question that I have:
- Bad idea? or pretty cool?
- Anyone done this before?
- Has a tach/rpm interface to a computer been build before? can I buy one? or where can I get the design?
- Audrey as an interface?