So, I will have to take a look at the laptop again to check out the cable and connector to see what it would take to extend it. *wonders if the laptop mobo will fit behind the bezel...*
The picture on the page that's now a red X is the one I posted above. Really an honor to be listed in the same category as TurboCad! What a lot of people don't realize is that I removed the analog clock, moved the window switches up, and sculpted the top bevel of the bezel... a lot more work than just gluing the bezel in, slapping some bondo and paint down and calling it a day. After 3 years, it still looks just as good (no cracks or anything since I didn't use any glue/epoxy and the bondo was just to fill pinholes in the ABS cement.)
Right now the whole system is out of the car, and has been for about a year now, ever since the screen inverter and touch screen went out, followed by the internal power supply on the old laptop. Now I've got a (newer, but not new) laptop and looking to get the screen back up and running.
It's tough cutting into this bezel to put something else in, but I want capacitive, and I want nothing smaller than what is in there now. It would have been nice to get the same size capacitive screen, but this is a niche hobby, and the only reason there is a touch option for 8.9 is all the MiniPC's and such that use that size. If I do this, I might use the current 8.4" as a 2nd (non-touch) monitor somewhere (maybe passenger visor, overhead console, who knows)
Thanks for the help tft_lcd_org! I will update this thread after I order the supplies and/or figure out if I can use the existing laptop screen cable...