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    Cool Hey

    I'm new, thought I'd say hi. I own a 2000 Mustang v6 and I plan on doing quite a bit to it. I've always been a hardware fanatic, and my last obsession was computers and video games. My new obsession is my car (its a man thing) and I've rebuilt the engine to take some boost and I'm planning on putting two t3/t4 turbos on there. Its about time I united these two obsessions. I want to have a HUD and completely digital gauges run by a carputer that runs my audio with nav and I'd like to have software to modify the ECU like megasquirt as well, but I don't know that much about it. I want this all done by the end of April when I'll be taking a two-year leave to Paraguay. Further-down the road I also want remote start from my android and the sort.
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated. This forum looks like it will be one of my favorites.

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    Welcome Joel, everything you describe is very doable however I think its going to be tight to finish by April. There is a but-load of reading here to do first planning, then asking questions, aquiring parts, assembling and troubleshooting. If you are very focused and have plenty of cash and free time on your hands, it can be done though!
    Make sure you start in the newbie section and read, read, read, theres tons of great info there.
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    thanks for welcoming me. Doing this kind of thing in record-time is my specialty, especially with online support and boy, am I glad to see this forum.
    Id appreciate suggestions on GUIs because the only reason I even found this thread was looking-up torque for android, which im a big fan of. I've been convinced, by reading, than an actual pc is the way to go, but I don't know where to start on the software.

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    Welcome, your project sounds very very much like mine. Controlling a MS is one of the things that I think could be difficult. I would also think about having some standard gauges just in case you have a computer problem, I am planning on running a speedo, tach, and fuel load gauges.
    Enter the LOTUS...
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    thanks for welcoming me. I'm quite the fast learner, in my opinion, and this is my only hobby so I think I should be able to get this done in the next three months. I suppose only time will tell though. thanks for the advice.

    controlling a MS? what is that?
    I want to replace the cluster since im going to be pegging the 120mph cap and redline starts at 5250 and I've got a 6k capable motor, the fuel gauge sucks, the oil pressure is idiot-switched, and the temp gauge isn't accurate. the sensors are fine, I hear, though. Ford sucks so I need to keep the cluster in anyway, I just want an overlay. it should be reversable and look OEM, so I wont be screwed if I have a failure. ultimately, though, ill be okay with keeping the stock cluster if my HUD works well so I can still have real gauges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Maxwell View Post
    thanks for welcoming me. I'm quite the fast learner, in my opinion, and this is my only hobby so I think I should be able to get this done in the next three months. I suppose only time will tell though. thanks for the advice.
    I am also gonna try to be finished with my entire car be the summer, but I also have copious amounts of free time, and a 6 man crew that is willing to help. Doing a car PC in three months is not impossible but to do it by yourself could be tricky.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Maxwell View Post
    controlling a MS? what is that?
    MegaSquirt, have you looked into them much yet, or are you going to try to keep with the stock ECU. Here is a MS plun-n-play kit for a Ford 60 pin ECU connector: http://www.diyautotune.com/catalog/d...kit-p-421.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Maxwell View Post
    I want to replace the cluster since im going to be pegging the 120mph cap and redline starts at 5250 and I've got a 6k capable motor, the fuel gauge sucks, the oil pressure is idiot-switched, and the temp gauge isn't accurate. the sensors are fine, I hear, though. Ford sucks so I need to keep the cluster in anyway, I just want an overlay. it should be reversable and look OEM, so I wont be screwed if I have a failure. ultimately, though, ill be okay with keeping the stock cluster if my HUD works well so I can still have real gauges.
    My plan is to put the gauges on the dash, something like this: http://www.stage3motorsports.com/pro...-Shipping.html
    Enter the LOTUS...
    (more info here)


    Pre-build thread


    Planning: ::::::::::::
    Parts: ::::::::::::
    Build: ::::::::::::
    Test: ::::::::::::
    Install: ::::::::::::

    Oh, yeah, and build the car... ::::::::::::

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    Sorry about the double post. I didn't realize I needed confirmation by a mod and thought my phone was just being a douche.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoyRacer0013 View Post
    I am also gonna try to be finished with my entire car be the summer, but I also have copious amounts of free time, and a 6 man crew that is willing to help. Doing a car PC in three months is not impossible but to do it by yourself could be tricky.[/url]
    We'll see. I doubt it will end-up working in my favor because I'm going to have to cut the research-side of things down, and it also depends a lot on the weather, but from what I see, my biggest hold-time will be how soon I can get paychecks.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoyRacer0013 View Post
    MegaSquirt, have you looked into them much yet, or are you going to try to keep with the stock ECU. Here is a MS plun-n-play kit for a Ford 60 pin ECU connector: http://www.diyautotune.com/catalog/d...kit-p-421.html[/url]
    I have looked into MegaSquirt. I'm a big fan from what I've seen. I, however, have no real experience and this is where I need the most help. The only software I was aware of before I found this forum was Torque for android. I figured I'd end-up trying to write something with LabView or something to get things going. I'll definitely take a look into the pnp kit you listed.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoyRacer0013 View Post
    My plan is to put the gauges on the dash, something like this: http://www.stage3motorsports.com/pro...-Shipping.html
    I love that look in that style mustang, issue is, it doesn't fit mine too well. I've still got a lot of planning to do, though. Either way, to run the car, I need to keep the stock cluster. I'm leaning towards leaving it and just having HUD for the in-depth info, since that's where I want it accessible anyway.

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    Also, this PnP kit does or does not replace the actual ECU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Maxwell View Post
    Also, this PnP kit does or does not replace the actual ECU?
    Yes if it is comatible with your stang it would replace the stock ecu.
    Enter the LOTUS...
    (more info here)


    Pre-build thread


    Planning: ::::::::::::
    Parts: ::::::::::::
    Build: ::::::::::::
    Test: ::::::::::::
    Install: ::::::::::::

    Oh, yeah, and build the car... ::::::::::::

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    I think I might have discovered what I want to do. I'm really not a fan of the gauges and similar software I'm finding for actual PCs. I'm much more inclined to the soft edges of the android systems. What I think I'll do is use torque on a tablet to replace the cluster and mirror for my HUD. One reason I don't like this is the lack of sound quality from a tab. number two is that I can't feed boost through my current ECU. If I replace that ECU and feed boost to it, I can achieve that. I run that ECU from a carputer that also runs my audio and all diagnostics, like nav, since the PC will have an easier, uglier interface.
    Will the BT dongle from the OBDII port support two devices? Is this even sane to think of doing it this way?

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