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    The PC doesn't need any of that. If built properly they don't need much cooling at all. The heatsink on my setup stays at room temperature with the fan off. On a hot day the CPU fan may cycle on and off at low speeds, but heat isn't really an issue.

    You shouldn't need any kind of heating setup for the winter either.
    Where do you live, some place really cold?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonWW
    The PC doesn't need any of that. If built properly they don't need much cooling at all. The heatsink on my setup stays at room temperature with the fan off. On a hot day the CPU fan may cycle on and off at low speeds, but heat isn't really an issue.

    You shouldn't need any kind of heating setup for the winter either.
    Where do you live, some place really cold?
    Really cold is a matter of perspective. lol

    Possibly not too cold for the system, and possibly not too hot either. I just read somewhere (on this site IIRC) that said it's often necessary to wait until interior ambient temp drops or raises to a certain point before being able to use the PC.

    That and I thought it would be kinda cool, so I may have gotten carried away. lol n/m, carry on.

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    I have a black car in Texas and haven't had any heat issues yet. Although I didn't have the PC in there during the coldest of winter. It may also depend on your particular mobo. Some mobo's might have some kind of heat limit that will prevent it from turning on if the surrounding air is too hot, but I haven't had any problems with that.
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    We had an excellent discussion about replacing the climate controls on the Trans Am in order to fit a larger screen. It's on another forum though. Just go here:
    http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showth...7&page=9&pp=20

    and start reading at post #168.

    The best solution (I think) that we came to was replacing the controls with a single knob (selector mode) mounted in the TCS/cig lighter area and then have 2 buttons for the fan speed and 2 buttons for the hot and cold selector.
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    For those of you who have a "hands free setupt" in your car for your phone, or voice activation, where did you put your mic? im considering hiding mine in my drivers sunvisor, so if i get a call i can just tilt it down a little bit and it will point right at me. i have to be able to get good reception at the mic because my car is very loud... ( 3 inch true dual w/ x pipe and "flowmaster style" mufflers. i plan on some insulation for sound soon, but not yet. anyone else have any input.
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    Just an update, I had a talk with "narandomsortofw" about the temperature cables. He took it apart and the sheath was actually divided down the middle to keep the 2 cables from rubbing against one another. This is a bit different than what I thought. I ordered a cable from the dealer and should get it in a few days. I'll post up some pictures and I'll try and find an easy and reliable way to extend it.
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    Here is my progress on my 01 SS. I took a 7" Xenarc and molded it into the dash. I also relocated the ASR and Foglight switches. I'm still using the stock monsoon system (sounds awsome for all those haters ).

    To keep the stock deck I simply bent back the tab jiggers that originally mounted the deck to the stock location. Then I took it turned it backwards and stuck it back in. Stuck some velcro in to hold it in place and it works awsome. The stock radio bezel fit on without modifing it any further than needed to mount the touchscreen.

    I took the spare tire and jack out and mounted my laptop where these items were. With some foam padding and all that happy stuff.

    I hope this info inspires some of you other guys. I know those before me certainly inspired me!

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    (yes there is a gap between the bezel and the touchscreen, I was just making sure everything was going to fit and there was enough room behind the touchscreen housing.)
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    Scotty562, did you know there is a switchplate that should hold your 2 switches? I modified one to hold 2 switches in my TA. The camaro console should use the same size hole there I believe. You need to get a switchplate for a TA convertible with traction control. The mounts that hold the switches can be cut down a little and the new switches held in place while you glue them in. Superglue and Goop work well. The only thing you might have to do is paint the panel the right color, although you may be able to buy it in the right color.

    Here's my switch plate. (I use it for the traction control and the electric cutout)


    So are you not carrying a spare tire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonWW View Post
    Scotty562, did you know there is a switchplate that should hold your 2 switches?
    If there is a specific plate for this purpose I didn't know it existed. On the Camaro's, these switches are in a horrizonal row along the top of the stock radio. I simply cut out the housing for two of the switches and put them where they are in that last picture I posted. They arn't painted yet, but you get the idea.

    You can get somewhat of an idea from this picture. There BARELY enough room to mash the two little housing units inside the sunglass holder or whatever the heck that thing was.
    Back of switches

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonWW View Post
    Here's my switch plate. (I use it for the traction control and the electric cutout)
    Those switches look great man, great job.

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    So are you not carrying a spare tire?
    *Knocks on wood*

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