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    Touch Screen for a '97 Mustang....

    I am new here and let me first say that this is a great site. I have a '97 Mustang GT that I am wanting to put a carputer into with a touchscreen that I will eventually run a OBD-II setup and possibly a GPS setup as well. I think I am going to need about a 7" screen. Which touchscreen would be the best for me to mold into the dash? Where is the best place to get one?

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    Can't give you any input on your 'Stang, but keep me updated. I have a '00 Mustang. No carputer in yet, but I have an indash monitor and I'm about to put an X-Box or carputer in there.

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    The lilliput is probably your best bet, however you're going to have to give us more information like how much you want to spend.
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    Now that I put my brain back in my head, I have a '96 Mustang. I'm planning on putting my lilliput in the center console where the radio and HVAC controls are. The HVAC controls have plenty of slack, so they can go down where the empty tray is beneath the radio compartment. The radio I will simply mount elsewhere with a cable running to my sunvisor for the faceplate (or somewhere similar). The lilliput is a great choice because it is a good display and it fits almost perfectly in that space. All you have to do is carefully cut out the divider between the HVAC and radio compartments, sand down the edges and put the screen in. Very little work required to make it look decently professional.
    IN DEVELOPMENT -- '96 Mustang, lilliput with PII/450 laptop, custom DC-DC power supply, 60GB; Garmin GPS; 802.11g; compact keyboard, small graphical LCDs, OBDII.

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    i have a 96 gt mustang, i am installing a 10.4 in to the dash.
    to this you have to move some controllers to the elements and also you losse your center vent.
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    96 gt conv. Mustang

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    Yeah I find that I like the center air vents, so I'd rather keep them. The lilliput is widescreen, so it's probably just as wide as your 10.4" but a few inches shorter. Either way works I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telek
    Now that I put my brain back in my head, I have a '96 Mustang. I'm planning on putting my lilliput in the center console where the radio and HVAC controls are. The HVAC controls have plenty of slack, so they can go down where the empty tray is beneath the radio compartment. The radio I will simply mount elsewhere with a cable running to my sunvisor for the faceplate (or somewhere similar). The lilliput is a great choice because it is a good display and it fits almost perfectly in that space. All you have to do is carefully cut out the divider between the HVAC and radio compartments, sand down the edges and put the screen in. Very little work required to make it look decently professional.
    See I was considering that but I have a feeling what I am going to end up doing is moving the HVAC controls into the armrest part of the center console by extending whatever is needed, then mount the Lilliput in where you are and put the headunit in the bottom slot by the shifter. It is nice to know that you don't have to do much to the piece to make it fit. I am going to try and do everything for about $1500 or less when it is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueoval
    See I was considering that but I have a feeling what I am going to end up doing is moving the HVAC controls into the armrest part of the center console by extending whatever is needed, then mount the Lilliput in where you are and put the headunit in the bottom slot by the shifter. It is nice to know that you don't have to do much to the piece to make it fit. I am going to try and do everything for about $1500 or less when it is done.
    Why not just move the radio? Far easier and far cheaper than moving the HVAC that far. $1500 seems like an aweful lot to do this, if you only move the radio and pull the HVAC controls down then what cost is associated with that? Honestly a guy at a body shop quoted me $1k to do the screen work, and that was completely unnecessary.
    IN DEVELOPMENT -- '96 Mustang, lilliput with PII/450 laptop, custom DC-DC power supply, 60GB; Garmin GPS; 802.11g; compact keyboard, small graphical LCDs, OBDII.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telek
    Why not just move the radio? Far easier and far cheaper than moving the HVAC that far. $1500 seems like an aweful lot to do this, if you only move the radio and pull the HVAC controls down then what cost is associated with that? Honestly a guy at a body shop quoted me $1k to do the screen work, and that was completely unnecessary.
    I am doing all of the work myself and the $1500 I am talking about is for everything that I need to put in the car. I have never paid someone to do anything on my car and I don't want to start now. Where would you move the radio to? Because honestly it won't fit anywhere in the console area.

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    I have a '98 Mustang GT, and right now I'm in the planning stages of the whole carputer project. I have the same issue as you, but what I decided was the best idea is the move the HVAC controls on top of the dashboard and create a fiberglass enclosure that looks good specifically for them. Then leave the radio in the bottom din compartment (where the CD-Player is), and take the two top DIN compartments and put the LCD there. With luck, I may even be able to fit the whole comptuer (mini-ITX) right behind it. The only problem is fiberglass manufacturing since I'll have to do the HVAC control enclosure and a hole new center bezel, but if it's done correctly, the setup should be pretty sweet. I'm just waiting for a little more money before I can start on the whole project. I'll try to keep people interested in it updated.

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