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    2008 Mustang GT Carputer pics/specs

    Carputer install:
    Design: 1 day, Carputer chassis: 1 weekend, Dash fabrication: 1 weekend, Install: 1 weekend, Software: 1 weekend

    Features:
    * Old desktop computer: AMD 3500+, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, Radeon X850 XT 256MB.
    * Opus 320W power supply, Griffin Powermate volume knob, 7" Xenarc 700TSV Touchscreen, Phillips DVD player/burner, Visteon HD Radio (with mitchjs's cable), BU-353 GPS + iGuidance4, Sprint broadband wireless internet, OBD-ii through SCT Xcal2, Backup cam, Front cam, Roadrunner front end on WinXP
    * Stock Shaker500 door subs & amps, cheap aftermarket amp powering stock speakers, Alpine Type-X 12" sub & Alpine PDX-1.1000 amp in the trunk

    Credits:
    Inspiration: Hessian. Thanks to your writeup on the bondo fabrication, I decided to learn how to do it myself.
    Backup cam: Hags1. Made a great writeup on backup camera mount.
    HD Radio cable: $24 from mitchjs. Works great, GREAT DEAL. Link here.

    Video(s):

    Front cam video (camera in driver side sun visor):


    Before:


    After:


    External USB port in cig lighter location (from mp3car.com):


    Backup cam (power to camera wired to backup light):


    Griffin Powermate volume knob (temporary until I get a smaller volume knob integrated into dash):


    OBD-ii programmer/scanner SCT XCal2 stows away in glove box and is permenantly connected via USB to show engine stats:


    Trunk (carputer on left, amp rack in center, Alpine Type-X 12" in Scosche Mustang enclosure on right):


    Trunk at night:


    Carputer at night:


    Backup camera in trunk keyhole location:


    Update (2-27-2008): added plastic tubing around exposed wires and painted brackets black.

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    Construction/Fabrication:

    Weekend 1: Design
    Design (made in Google sketch.. these are to scale and the computer models were used to size the MDF pieces):



    Weekend 1: Computer chassis construction
    Dremel circle cutter tool for 120mm fan holes:


    Dowels + wood glue to attach MDF pieces:


    Allow to dry and sand:


    5 coats of primer:


    5 coats of black paint on interior surfaces:


    Dry:


    Dremel metal cutoff tool to hack apart brand new computer case ($20 on craigslist):


    Salvage motherboard plate from case, mount onto painted MDF board:


    Install motherboard:


    Connect all components using desktop power supply to install operating system & software:


    Install into chassis:


    3M spray on adhesive + trunk carpet:


    This carpet + 3M adhesive is really easy to work with.. looks ugly now, but...


    Cut some fan holes:


    Make sure rear motherboard panel is removable, guard is in place to prevent 3M adhesive from making the rear panel permenant:


    In the end, it looks good:


    Front (before lexan/plexiglass cover):


    Route mess of wires into carputer chassis:


    Weekend 2: Dash fabrication

    Obtain Xenarc 7" touchscreen LCD:


    Remove from chassis:


    OEM dash and LCD plastic case need to become one:


    Also, DVD ROM drive needs to be integrated:


    Epoxy to hold pieces in place, some Dynotron plastic bumper repair kit to fill in the gaps:


    Alot of dynotron:


    Sand, reapply dynotron to fill in bubbles:


    Repeat above about 4-5 times. I was in a hurry, but if you want to do it right (version 2.0 for me), you will probably want to repeat about 10+ times to get a perfect surface.

    Primer, sand, primer sand, primer sand, paint sand, paint:


    Weekend 3: Installation

    Stick everything in there.. when I originally did this I left a mess of wires and it was actually difficult squeezing my LCD into there:


    I re-arranged the wires and did some cable management yesterday.. much better now:


    This mess of wires was hard to fit under the door sill panel (1 insulated VGA, 1 USB, 2 RCA's, 1 microphone, 8 speaker level wires):


    Route wires under rear seats:


    Cut aluminum rectangle with jigsaw:


    Bent into rough shape and rough holes drilled into it.. this is very rough, I used my fingers to measure:


    Camera mounted in bracket:


    Backup camera installed in GT emblem / keyhole: (Thanks hags1 for the idea and writeup)


    Fin.

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    Left to do:

    * Replace CPU heatsink with stock heatsink to cause less stress on motherboard (the giant thermaltake sonic tower was all I had at the time)
    * Install second battery & isolator to protect main battery from having to power my 250 watt computer for 30-60 seconds while it shuts down after my car turns off.
    * Completely redo front dash panel and take time to make it look perfect - and integrate a volume knob.

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    great install! everything goes very well together.
    I really like bezel, it looks very clean. Have you tried your dash cam in night time yet?
    Keep up the good work man.

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    very nice i LOVE that usb port awesome idea!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krnpimpsta View Post
    Left to do:

    * Replace CPU heatsink with stock heatsink to cause less stress on motherboard (the giant thermaltake sonic tower was all I had at the time)
    * Install second battery & isolator to protect main battery from having to power my 250 watt computer for 30-60 seconds while it shuts down after my car turns off.
    * Completely redo front dash panel and take time to make it look perfect - and integrate a volume knob.
    Maybe you cab simply have something under the coils holding them up.
    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

    1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
    4X MK808b
    3x Perixx Touchpads
    3x 7 inch Screens
    1X 7 inch motorized Screen
    1x Win 7 PC

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    That is seriously pure win.
    hell, if you were closer, i'd pay you huge to do one for me.
    2004 med grey impala

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    Shhhh I can't let my RX8 hear me say this but DAMN thats a HELLA NICE install..... now you just need to replace the stock speakers and dynamat. Im using the same amp as you but with 2X R type that X must really pound

    Hmmm maybe you could paint the angle iron to hold the PC with some dark gray textured paint

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    Very nice install

    I only wish i had the same DIY skill with the fabbing
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    Current Project= Making skins in photoshop...

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    Looks good! What kind of (front) cam did you use?

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