thanks man, not really... I have a few friends that I may help a bit but I don't really have much time to do stuff like this on a regular basis or for customers really, few & far between if I do.
now the ironic part is that right now. I can't finish my fx cause I'm trying to finish up a friend/customers install I put him off untill I got mine in & working & on the road.
now it was supposed to be a simple thing really, the guys not a computer nerd really, don't know a front end from a megabyte, all he wants is to be able to use his laptop in the car comfortably if he ever wants to go online, that's it. we already did a whole kenwood multimedia setup with every bell & whistle available a few years ago, dvd's nav & satellite radio & hd radio & everything is already there, so the laptop really isn't for that stuff
original plan was real simple, the center console is already removed, I was going to hinge a small touchscreen laptop dock that folds down, just fold it up & dock the lappy, then either remove it or leave it there, but be able to fold it down out of the way.
the laptop I made him buy for this install is the same one I use as a portable daily, it's a fujitsu tablet with a 8.9" widescreen, it's touchscreen & transflective, a p1610, nice piece
as I designed the hinge I just didn't like it, I was going to have to have a mechanical lock to hold it up, & I just wasn't feeling it, after much screwing with it, I decided to change plans, I decided I wanted the tablet to slide in & out of the dash, as I built it I decided to motorize it, I've been working on it spare time now for like 5 weeks or so. I had to do modifications to the inner climate control box & ductwork too
it works sick, it ejects out pretty fast & locks in place with a firm clank sound, the motor reaches it's limit switch & the cable drive is spring loaded to hold it tight, it's at the perfect height & distance to type directly on it's keyboard, it's screen is directly below the main multimedia display. both can be used at the same time. the only thing blocked by the laptop screen when open is half the climate control.
fold it closed & it retracts back into the dash & disapears, all that you see is a panel with the round cadillac clock in it, this panel hinges down & forward when the laptop is ejected & folds up & closed as it retracts, the clock panel & lower console is still under design & construction but the electro mechanical is done
I used a window motor & cable drive, I used heavy duty sliders, I used 1/4" bar stock for the mount, welded directly to the main rienfocement bar of the dash, it is good for repeated use & abuse, it'll last for years, when it leaves here I don't want it back with mechanical issues so I over built it, or at least built it strong enough
I know this has nothing to do with my thread, but it's the reason theres no progress on my own truck, so maybe it's slightly relevent, plus a few fabrication shots never hurt nothin