I'm New, and I'm Interesting! - 03 Altima CarPC Worklog
Whats up everyone?
I'm new to this forum, actually... this is my first official car enthusiast forum that I am an active participant in... so yeah lol
Anyways, my name is Jay and I own a 03 Nissan Altima 2.5S. I bought it in September to replace my 97 accord (R.I.P) that had served its purpose valiantly.
I always wanted to put a computer in my car since I was 17, but I never had a decent car to do it with.. until now.
Currently, I am stereoless, and have been for a few weeks, with the exception of last week when i prematurely put my half-baked project back into my car.
I ended up taking it out yesterday to complete it properly this time.
Well, enough about my endless perils and lets get down to business.
Cheap Ebay 7" LCD Touchscreen with VGA
(literally came with just the screen, no enclosure or anything... it made this project 10x worse than I anticipated.. but it works well :) )
JVC 730BT Car Stereo
(wanted it for the multi-colour function.. and the bluetooth connectivity// spares wires and works independently if ever my project was to not work:tape2: )
IBM Thinkpad T60- 2gb ram, ati radeon x1300, 60gb SSD
( I feel that laptops get the job done just as well as an itx setup, and they're cost-effective if you know where to look)
250 GB Removable HDD
( for all the movies, music, and games I want)
USB OBD2 scanner
(I like to monitor my vehicle and its performance)
And some other things that I will illustrate using pictures; when i get the opportunity to take and post em
So far, I've spent $350 for everything including the materials.
So far, between work and school, I've been able to nearly complete the project. Now I must say, the way I made my build will probably be frowned upon in terms of quality,
but remember, this is my very first attempt and after all the research I put in to understanding the basics of doing it right, I determined that the products I used will be
more than adequate for my satisfaction....
To customize my frame, I used a LOT of bondo glaze putty... and it actually works well I must say. And yes, it is temperature resistant... hasn't cracked once (on another project that
I was involved in) and I live in Canada, so our temperature is all over the place at times.
I used a LOT of hot glue to keeps things in place just until the Epoxy Glue had set.
I used CHEAP spray paint from Wal-M4rt to colour my bezel to the factory knob colours. I couldn't figure a nice way to keep the silver and to taper the paint for a real clean
finish (that was financially viable... I am a student, after all)
What's left to do is to sand the new revision of the frame and to paint the bezel.
I want to know how to create the grain texture that most car bezels have... if anyone has an idea that can help me out, I'd appreciate it
I would also like to know which frontend is best for a rookie? I need something simple just to play music and watch videos with ease.. not Windows Media please...
Some pics will be provided soon. Stay Tuned