88 Thunderbird TC project
I've been lurking a long time and slowly collecting PC parts as I work on the car. Now I've taken the plunge and ordered the big stuff. I'd like any input you all may have.
Keep in mind that this is a heavily modded car that has a 5.0/ 4R70W with custom turbo kit controlled with Megasquirt and a Baumann transmission computer. (Hence the need for serial ports) I'll still need to use 2 serial/ usb converters for the Mitch's cable and my wideband O2.
I see myself using the PC for Megasquirt display / tuning and listening to music (of course!) along with nav and hopefully handsfree phone. (The phone part looks a bit dicey from what I'm reading in the forums.)
That said, here's the stuff:
FOXCONN R30-D2 D510 51S based barebone ($105 including case and PS)
Selected this one for it's 2 serial ports and ps/2 mouse/keyboard to free up USB (supports 8 USB)
MEMORY 2G CRUCIAL CT25664AA800
Approved by Foxconn for this MB
Random HDD for now until I can afford a Mushkin SSD
Random ps/2 keyboard
Windows 7 pro
MCS-MT-700 Mini Touch 700 7" VGA Touch Screen Monitor
MCS-ATX-M2 M2-ATX 160 Watt Intelligent Power Supply
25w 12v-5v DC-DC converter and 2- 5v Dynex B4port powered USB hubs (500ma each port)
BLUETOOTH ASUS USB-BT211 (Came free with 1/2 height PCI wireless card)
WIRELESS LAN EDIMAX EW-7128G PCI
EXT DVD BURNER ROSEWILL ROD-EX001
ADESSO GP-410PB TOUCHPAD (ps/2) (Will mount in console in front of armrest)
DIRECTED HD w/ MITCH's CABLE
For sound I just have some Polk DB5251 5-1/4 speakers for the doors (from a previous purchase) and a pair of tweeters that came with them. I am not too picky about sound so haven't done much on it yet. I want to see how I like the output from the onboard sound before I finalize that part. I do plan on a low-mid end amp and sub, though. Looking for suggestions here.
I plan to use RR with voice if W7 gets supported. I'll get a Superbeam USB mic when that day comes, or if I decide I can integrate my phone.
Need to buy a GPS receiver also. I can use Mymobiler and my ATT Tilt for nav until I get one.
I'm working on the power scheme now, and where to ideally mount the parts to work the best.
The Megasquirt and Baumann TCS computers will be in the passenger kickpanel where the stock ECU lived. I know I need to keep the Directed away from the PS and close to the antenna. Locate the PC in my (huge) trunk and the Directed up front? Should I ideally keep the M2 away from everything, including the onboard sound? BTW, battery will be in the trunk. Did I mention that it is HUGE?
I want to let the M2 fire a relay for 12v to the 5v converter and monitor brick. I am using the 5v converter to keep the load off the M2. I also plan to include a PC power switch to override the M2 for cold weather and/or short trips. Wiring it this way will keep all the temperature sensitive stuff off until the car can warm up, right?
I am fabbing a custom wiring harness as I type, so please let me know what I may be missing or should think about!