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    I'm pretty sure the Vent, cold & hot air, A/C controls are all controlled by vacume lines. You could relocate those controls down where the cupholders are and move the defrost button, Pwr Window buttons etc.. to where the ashtray is. Obviously you won't have an ashtray anymore but you will have space for a 7"wide screen Redant TFT display. I'm pretty sure i thought i've seen this mod done before but i can't remember if it was in a magazine or on the net.

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    Originally posted by Stavros
    I found some better pics that show off my center console better. These aren't from my car, but have identical units. I'm thinking of taking out the cupholders and putting a 4-5" display int here and make some custom molding. Tell me what you think now Superfly!
    I am very familiar with the A3 chasis (I have owned 3 of em! '96 Jetta Trek, '95 Jetta GLX Vr6 and a '99 Cabrio) and I think the cubby hole would be an ideal location. You could remove the whole console and install the monitor from the back after cutting out the cubby hole. All you would really have to do is pull the console and cut the cubby hole out, place blank piece of plastic over the opening and epoxy it into place. Then get your monitor (one with a clamshell headrest mount may be the easiest and cleanest way to go) and cut the opening out for it....install and voala.....of course its easier said than done, but this method would be easier/less expensive than fabricating a custom console for it.

    I'm pretty sure the Vent, cold & hot air, A/C controls are all controlled by vacume lines. You could relocate those controls down where the cupholders are and move the defrost button, Pwr Window buttons etc.. to where the ashtray is. Obviously you won't have an ashtray anymore but you will have space for a 7"wide screen Redant TFT display. I'm pretty sure i thought i've seen this mod done before but i can't remember if it was in a magazine or on the net.
    I have seen that done before in a show car. Looked good but cant imagine it was easy. Judging by what he is saying, he does want to invest tons of time constructing the system.

    Another way you may want to think about going (although its MUCH more expensive) would be to get an all in one unit...ie an alpine/sony/eclipse flip out that has cd/radio/tv......and aux inputs. That means all you would have to do would be to install the deck an then run the wires for you video/audio...dunno but worth a shot!
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    Its not a A3 (B3! ) and its been upholstered since this picture, but its in the same general place:

    It does require movement of ones head to read, but that spot is definately the easiest. but since it requires looking away from the road, ive been speculating about a 1x20 lcd on top of the dash for current info.
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    What size screen is that? If you could give me exact dimensions it would be great, it seems as if its a little small for the cubby hole. My goal is to angle one similar to that size up a little for easier reading and create a nice trim for it. Thanks for the help!

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    UPDATE


    The project is nearing completion. I have chosen the following system now (and its built too!)

    Celeron 400
    256 SDRAM
    30 Gig 7200 RPM Maxtor
    20 Gig 5400 RPM Maxtor
    ATI All in Wonder 128 PCI
    IRMAN
    5.6" LCD on Swivel mount from DigitalWW on passenger dash
    Fellowes Touchpad (on order) for backup control
    LineX USB FM Modulator / Sound Card (Mind Factory giving me run around, ordered a month ago.........)

    Power:
    Had to ditch the MPBS1 due to power issues In the meantime decided to go with a 300W inverter to get the job done (yes, it, my powersupply and motherboard are all grounded!)

    I had an issue getting a signal to my lcd, here is what happened and how i fixed it

    Problem : The LCD i had is a passive device. My TV-OUT would not recognize it to save the world. I tried the 75 ohm cable, i tried a 75 ohm resistor, but to no avail.

    Solution:
    I rationalized that it detected my television / vcr fine because its an "active device." So, what could inexpensively and simply emulate one? A signal amplifier of course! But radio shack doesn't have a simple one, i found a cheap video 4-way video distributer and hooked it up. I had a POST! Problem solved!

    Future Plans
    DVD-ROM
    Sharp 10.6" LCD i can get from work for $120 (retail : $699)

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    Originally posted by Stavros
    What size screen is that? If you could give me exact dimensions it would be great, it seems as if its a little small for the cubby hole. My goal is to angle one similar to that size up a little for easier reading and create a nice trim for it. Thanks for the help!
    Whoops, never saw the response to this thread. Glad to hear its coming along, and can't wait to see the end result. It was a 5" LCD btw, and it is little.
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    I have EVERYTHING up and running save three factors, one of which I can do now.

    1. Ground my inverter, power supply and motherboard
    2. FIX MEDIA ENGINE! (see my thread "Grrrr" in the forums)
    3. FINALLY RECEIVED MY USB FM MODULATOR AFTER 4 WEEKS!

    Then, it'll work, after it works, i'll enjoy it and slowly build a nice lexon case :> As soon as i get my hands on a digital camera (prolly never) i'll definetly take pics of the install!

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    Fixed number 2! Now I'm waiting for the weather to warm up to ground!

    *shakes fist at Mind Factory for STILL not delivering the modulator*

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