hacking a stereo faceplate? been done?
Hey all...I was wondering if anyone had more info on the possibilities of hacking the faceplate of my stereo. I will seperate this into a few questions:
1. Is it possible to use a stereo faceplate as an input device?
2. My current stereo is a JVC with a graphical LCD screen...is it possible to use something similar to that to display actual useful information?
3. Barring both of those, and kind of as a preamble, is it possible to extend the wiring harness for a head unit, so I could leave the main unit in my glovebox, but put the faceplate, say, up by my dome light?
4. My uber pimp setup would be a faceplate mounted up by the dash, with a volume control that still controls the HU, with all the buttons controlling functions on my PC, and the LCD screen displaying information to compliment my 5.6" TFT (Like...equilizer bars, track times and titles, etc etc). Any hints/clues as to how to get that to perform? Anyone else think that's cool?
I did a search and only found one person who talked about having done it (someone with a VW van?) but he had no pictures or more information, and his www just lead to an old show off thread.
TIA guys, sorry if this is a n00b question and I just don't realize it...I do have some electrical skills...I am typing with a blistered index finger from an encounter with a soldering iron while I was hacking a joystick to a keyboard controller board so that i could use it as a controller (ie, up down left and right on the high-hat registered on the PS2 connector as asdf, and the four buttons were qwer) but I didn't know how sealed and impregnible the faceplates were...I'll probably just end up buying one to play with if i find a nice cheap one on ebay.