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    Just a Hello post

    Hello all, Im working out the details to install my first carpc into my 300zx. Ive put together my PC and installed XP, moved on to plan B as far as my enclosure goes and have a pretty good idea how Ill mount the Lilliput EBY701 7" display.

    Im a noob here but pretty experienced in modding vehicles, Ill post my progress as it happens.

    This is going to be cool!

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    Welcome!

    Looks loike you've made a wonderfully g r e v o u s (hopefully not grevious!) start.



    This old dinosaur just has Lilli 629 7" mounted on gooseneck per my pics...

    Soooo true - It B kool. Sitting in the car at the moment blasting Pink Floyd on carpc while posting 2U all. Amusing, to say the least.

    Keep us updated, bro.

    happy carpc'ing!


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    Given the limited interior space in my car I changed direction with the enclosure Im building so I got the parts into an old case to load and configure XP, do updates, .net and all the fun stuff you do setting up an new pc. Then I hooked up the display and configured the touch screen and messed around with the settings to center the picture.




    Then I came back here and trolled up a link for front face software but didnt find any in the DL area. I did come across a good thread with a link to page of front face links. Lots of dead links but I found some. I snagged the demo Digidash for now and found it to be pretty straight forward. Id be interested in other recommendations or a page with screen shots to help decide which to go with.


    The install of the monitor is coming along well thus far. The 300zx has two single din slots with a plastic bar separating them which has to come out. The inner walls of the din areas taper inward to a normal DIN size. My monitor is too wide to fit the din width so with some cutting and a heat gun I softened the plastic and reformed it to allow the monitor to fit. I made a template of the shape and used it as a gauge to measure progress. Ive got some trimming to do and then Ill use a plastic welder to make the mounting surface. Im liking what Ive done so far, I cant wait to get on the road with this.
    It isnt really yours until you take it apart and put it back together.

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    good stuff man, you got farther than me. i didnt finish taking out the parts from the case yet. what kind of power inverter are you going to use? show some pics of your Z!

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    Wish I wasnt at work today, all I can think about is this project.....

    It isnt really yours until you take it apart and put it back together.

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    good choice on the type 3 lip. i always wondered what it would look like with the vents painted. very clean.

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    Ive just finished a fresh twin turbo engine build but got hooked on the carputer thing before I could install it.
    It isnt really yours until you take it apart and put it back together.

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    Ok, made some progress on the display install today. I have to apologizes for the lack of pictures. Once I got on a roll taking pictures fell to the way side. I dont seem to have a pic of the OEM bezel either but one would hope we all know what it looks like. The first obstacle is the divider between the two DIN slots. Pretty much a no brainer that the divider has to go. I made some cuts with a japanese hand saw to remove the divider and then used a heat gun to soften the plastic so I could reform the shape to make additional space for the display. In the original form the subject area tapers inward and I reformed it outward to allow the 7.75" wide display to fit.

    The first step in the reconstruction process is to fill the gap created by removing the divider. Notice that I ground a bevel along the edges of the gap before filling it. Doing this makes a scarf joint and increased bonding area of the repair.


    I backed up the work area with a couple pieces of masking tape and then mixed up some fast setting epoxy and floated the work area over. I added enough epoxy to make the patch somewhat higher than the surrounding area. Ill later sand the excess down level.


    In order to smooth out the sides of the bezel where I heated and reformed the plastic I sanded the surface to roughen it up and remove any gloss and then mixed up a small batch of body filler and applied a somewhat thick layer to each side.



    Once cured, I used some 60 grit paper and a soft sanding block (soft block because the surface isnt actually flat, its curved and a soft block conforms to the shape better) to level out the repair and remove any waves in the surface.


    Next I took apart the display case and remove the touch screen from the front half. I then applied masking tape to the front and back to prevent sanding scratches that would have to be removed later.


    A test fitting came next. Its coming to the time where you are committed and forever altering the display case. I wanted the trim piece to fit into the area with out any stress or twisting to the trim. Once I was happy with the initial fit I added a few more pieces of masking tape to hold the trim in place and then mixed up another batch of filler to fill in any gaps between the trim and bezel. I had already rough sanded the sides of the display trim and the filler was going to create a fairly firm bond between the two surfaces.


    Once the filler was dry I hand sanded the filler down to the masking tape and also created some accent lines around the display trim to give some depth contrast. I then applied a couple light coats of sandable black primer, sanded those and reapplied another coat. Im going to let it all sit overnight and tomorrow Ill lay some plastic weld beads along the back side to add some strength and then work out the final finish. Overall, im pretty happy with what Ive got so far.


    and some more progress. Today I finished up the hard part of this project and im glad there are no screwups to report.

    In order to add some more security between the front trim of the display and the bezel I masked off either side of the narrow gap between the top of the face trim and bezel and then drizzled/filled the gap with epoxy.


    While I was at it I removed the ill placed (off center) LED from an alarm in the TT car. If it were centered I might have kept it and wired it into my radar detector visual alarm system. Anyway, I followed the same steps of backing up the hole with masking tape and then simply filled in the hole. After sanding it flush I then put a few coats of primer over the area and let it dry. Some block sanding with 800grit and another coat of primer and another sand...


    The final finish was done with my favorite satin black coating... Duplicolors Bumper coat. Three light coats allowing each coat to flash in between and there you have it. The snap on cover above the display has broken clips and is just sitting there for reference. I will be ordering a couple new ones from courtesy this week. The TT is missing this part all together and ive been sporting the one you see using double stick tape since I got the car.


    Now for the acid test. Can i put the display back together again and have it work? Once again the bezel propped on the test bench playing a video of the Belgian GP


    And a shot of the Front End I think Ill be using for now.


    Next up is getting the pc parts mounted into the enclosure, picking up a few extension cables and some cable and wire routing and its a done deal. I still need to buy a GPS antenna and I think Ill be adding another amp to the stereo system but all that is easy.

    Stay tuned
    It isnt really yours until you take it apart and put it back together.

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    well, here is what I came up with enclosure wise. I made a box out of 1/2 plywood and some 1/2 mdf. routed out a few areas to fit this and that, added a couple USB ports under the DVD rom and jazzed the outsides a bit with some formica i had kicking around.





    and one of the installed display.


    Im not too happy with the audio, its all muffled and quite. I used a 1/8" to RCA adapter coming out of the sound card going to a kenwood 350w amp. something isnt right. When bench testing I had the white and red RCA plugs hanging off the displays harness connector attached to the same point on my soundcard and it had lots of volume.

    I guess this is just the first stage of the game and there is plenty to learn still. Anyone have some ideas why my audio is so low? I have gone both ways with the gain on the amp with only a slight change.
    It isnt really yours until you take it apart and put it back together.

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