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    2001 Ford Cougar 2.5l V6 - Car PC

    I installed my CarPC a week ago. I initially planned to use a laptop, but since the laptop was broken just a few days before I wanted to install the CarPC, I used a PC with an inverter. The PC automatically turns on, when it gets power.

    The Victim...
    A 2001 Ford Cougar with a 2.5l V6 engine.

    LCD Screen
    DDWRT-6500 Double Din LCD Screen
    With built-in FM receiver and DVD-drive

    PC Details
    Pentium IV - 2.4 Ghz
    1 GB RAM
    80 GB Harddrive
    Onboard Video + Sound
    Wireless Network Card

    Other Hardware
    12v->230v Inverter
    Two switches (1 for turning the relais on, 1 for turning the pc on/off)
    A relais for giving the inverter power.
    Some fuzes
    A bunch of cables
    No amplifier yet!

    Software
    Windows XP SP2
    Road Runner Frontend
    PC Navigator + Destinator 6

    Pics!!!!!!!!!!

    Ford Cougar


    Relais for powering the inverter


    Overview of wires under the bonnet


    The gap in the interior


    Wires to the trunk


    The inverter in the trunk


    The screen in the interior
    It was a hell to get the screen in. I needed to cut a lot of plastic, and then there was a metal clip to hold the original ford radio, without screws. I had to drill the thing off.



    I'll post more pics soon...

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    What kinda relays did you run for the inverter?

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    I'm not the OP, but it looks like standard automotive relays... Like the following:
    http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062477

    I'm using a few of these in my CarPC project. They support up to a 30 amp load, so they should be good for most needs, including inverters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EagleTG View Post
    I'm not the OP, but it looks like standard automotive relays... Like the following:
    http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062477

    I'm using a few of these in my CarPC project. They support up to a 30 amp load, so they should be good for most needs, including inverters.
    Yep! I used the same relais as shown on your link. It supports 12V-30A.

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