Installing a touchscreen in a Toyota Surf / 4Runner
G'day from Canberra.
I am (obviously) new to the forum, and am starting to think about putting ar CarPuter in my 1994 Toyota Surf.
In the US, this is called a 4Runner, as it used to be in the Australia until around 1995, when Toyota made the miraculously stupid decision to cease selling them here - it took several years before they replaced them with the 'Prado'. However, some enterprising individuals started importing second-hand 'Surfs' from Japan. Since then they have taken on quite a cult following here. The main owner association established here is www.toyotasurf.asn.au (both the formal name and the web address).
Anyway, on to my 'problem'. I am building a frame for the rear cargo area to carry the camping fridge and other gear, and will mount a computer into some 'dead' space over the wheel arch. From much looking around on this fantastic site, I have identified all of the hardware options (including wireless keyboards and so on). There is a company here that produces a single-DIN in dash version, but they want over AUD$4500 (around $3k in greenbacks), so I am probably going to import from the US or build my own.
What I have not been able to get my head around is WHERE TO PUT THE (touch) SCREEN. I would settle for a 7" model, but my preference is 8". I have seen some very proffesional jobs on this site, including in later model 4Runners. However my dash is a little older than any I have seen here.
I have considered closing off the centre vents and putting it in there. I have also thought about a 'slide out' single DIN 7" under the stereo (which will stay as the audio amp), but am not aware of a slide out that handles computer/VGA.
So, there's my story and my plea for assistance. Any ideas from the guys who have done it is appreciated - photos of an installation in a 90-94 4Runner GREATLY appreciated - 95 and onwards 4Runner in the US has a very different dash.
Thanks again, and thanks for the help the site has already given me just in having a look around.