My story is very similar to yours, I'm just about 6 months ahead of you
I had an original system, it was just a small box and a 4x40 lcd. It was nice, it played mp3s. About a year ago I ripped it out, started collecting parts for the new one.
A $1500 car repair put a dent in my plans
Finally, this summer, I got my screen installed. A little bit of polishing up, some software, and I can call 2.0 complete!