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    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 ).
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    Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Progress: Gone
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    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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    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.
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    Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Progress: Gone
    (Check Speedy's Install)

    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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    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.
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    Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Progress: Gone
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    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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    Using Bondo to fill gaps

    I covered the tray with cardboard and a plastic sack to keep the Bondo from running down into the tray. I slathered on the Bondo to fill the gaps between my frame and the tray to begin improving the mating between the screen mount and the tray. Still more resin and Bondo to go, but things are improving.
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    Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Progress: Gone
    (Check Speedy's Install)

    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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    Mac Mini Mount

    I ordered a Hang With Mi from Macessity to use to mount my Mac Mini under the dash. I used steel strapping to create brackets that fit quite nicely over a steel tube that happens to be in a convenient place to mount the computer. I cycled the A/C to make sure none of the mounting hardware would interfere with the vent actuator, and it appears that there will be plenty of clearance. Of course the back of the glove box will no longer fit where I mounted the computer bracket, so I cut the box part away from the front, leaving the door intact, so I can lock access to the computer, while still having access to the DVD drive
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    Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Progress: Gone
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    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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    Brackets and Mount

    This is the mount and the brackets for it.
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    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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    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.
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    Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Progress: Gone
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    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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    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.
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    Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Progress: Gone
    (Check Speedy's Install)

    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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    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.
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    Any day is a good day for golf.

    Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Progress: Gone
    (Check Speedy's Install)

    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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    More screen mount work

    Over the weekend, I completed the in-car wiring. I soldered the P1900 input harness to power, ground, and ignition and test-installed the computer and screen. Everything worked the first time, surprisingly. However, the startup/sleep/shutdown sequence was not working properly, so I need to troubleshoot that. No pictures since it's all just a rat's nest of wiring and not much to look at.

    To smooth the transition between the screen case and the mount, I covered the screen with a plastic sack and pushed it into the mount. Then I spread Bondo around the seams and sanded it down. The edges and seams now have a nice, smooth joint that should look nice when painted.
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    Any day is a good day for golf.

    Mazdaspeed6 Carputer Progress: Gone
    (Check Speedy's Install)

    Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.

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