Speedy (Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Project)
I'm just getting started on my carputer project now that I have my audio system installed. I will be installing a Mac Mini Intel Core Duo using the space of the glove box and mounting a Lilliput EBY701 in the top dash cubby. Plans right now are to use a Carnetix P1900, mounted in the glove box next to the computer. I've been experimenting with various Mac front ends and will likely use Contour Design's ShuttleXpress controller as well as Apple's IR remote. I've removed the IR receiver from the Mini and will extend it somewhere, which will probably be a simple, but intricate job to solder extensions on the tiny wires. Finish is important to me, so I'll be looking for factory-type IR lenses and USB panel ports for connecting peripherals or transfer media.
Applications will of course be music and video, as well as Bluetooth calling through the audio system and an installed microphone, and a GPS application. Suggestions on appropriate software are welcomed.
I would also like input from anyone that has installed a carputer in a Mazda 6 that could give me ideas for a clean install. I've done pretty well with my audio system so far, but drilling holes in the dash or console makes me nervous. I want to make sure my end result looks stock (or better :)).
Screen mount work in progress
I created a balsa wood frame for my Lilliput EBY701 that I covered with speaker grill cloth. Next step is to use fiberglass resin on the grill cloth to create the base for fiberglass/bondo application. Lots of sanding and painting will follow.
The screen mount will be attached to the dash map pocket and (semi)-permanently mounted on the dash. This is the same location that Mazda uses for the Nav screen, although it is motorized. I wanted something not hinged or motorized for longevity and reliability.
Fiberglass on the screen mount
I laid fiberglass matte over the grille cloth and started to sand on the screen mount. Still lots of work to make it look good.
Behind the glove box space for Mac Mini
The steel tube to which the mount will be attached, test fit of the brackets and installing the Hang With Mi mount.
Modifying the glove box and test fitting the computer
I used a Dremel to remove the back of the glove box, which is a single molded plastic piece. The Mini fits nicely. I will need to clean up the back of the glove box lid to make it look a little better after a rough Dremel job.
More resin for the screen mount
Added another couple of coats of resin to the screen mount. The surface is starting to get smoother. Still plenty of sanding to do, though.