97 Toyota Tacoma You gotta See This. NEW UPDATE!! 100+ pics Part 1
I can't get http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/cproaudio to work. so sorry for dumping everything here.
Well my project is almost done except a few minor panels here and there. So I feel comfortable enough to post it. Here it is. Enjoy. Any questions feel free to PM me or reply post.
Project Name: Damn that's a lot of crap you got there
Car: 1997 Toyota Tacoma LX ExtraCab 2WD Auto
Engine: V6 207? CI EFI 3.4L DOHC 24V
I wanted my setup to do more than just MP3. I feel that if you're going to put a PC in a car, get the most out of. Dont limit yourself to just audio, video, and navigation.
Basic Stereo Information: SONY CDX-C780 HU, SONY XT-40V TV tuner, Accel 6.4 LCD Module In Custom Built Driver Visor (waiting to be built), JL 300/4 Amp For Mids & Highs, JL500/1 Class D Amp For Bass, Boston Acoustics ProSeries 5.5 In Doors, 5.4 In Q-Form Kick Panels, Boston FX6 In Rear Quarter Panel, JL 12W6V2 D4 12” Sub, Monster Cable wires, MC 1 Farad Cap, 100 Amp CB,
Hardware: FV24 MB With Intel Pentium III 933Mhz 256MB RAM.
Case: ABS And Lexan Custom Built Case With 2 low profile 2.5” Fan (PSU, HD) And 2 Clear High Power 3” Fan (CPU, Motherboard). 7.25X8X4
Power: 150W DC-DC ATX With Built In Shut Down Controller And Remote Power Up via alarm remote.
Storage: Maxtor 160GB, 1.44MB Floppy Drive, Ricoh RW9200A 20X10X40X12X CDRW/DVD Drive, USB/Firewire 80GB External HD. (enclosure cannot handle 7200RPM drive so im looking for a hi cap 5400RPM drive)
Sound: Hard Wired Audio Out andMic From Internal Audio Header On FV24 MoBo.
Video: Onboard video with Xenarc WVGA Touchscreen Molded Into The Dash.
Other Fun Stuff: Clifford AdvantGard4 W/CliffNet Wizard Ver2.0 beta, Allows the Computer To Totally Control, Monitor, And Program The Alarm, Window Control Module, Remote Start
Linksys Wireless Ethernet For File Transfer, remote desktop control from the house And Internet.
OBD-II Scanner for Displaying Engine Status.
Garmin GPS16 WAAS receiver. Very Accurate and fast locking GPS Receiver for use with Street Atlas 2003 Plus and Streets & Trips (1 sec hack)
CoPilot2003 GPS For Actual Step By Step Navigation.
IRMan For Winamp Control.
Port Relocation Kit Mounted In Center Console For Easy Access To USB, Firewire, Audio In, Out, Mic, P&P Keyboard Port.
Keyspan USB to 4 port serial hub.
Port replicator adds 3 more USB ports, 1 serial, plug and play PS/2 mouse and keyboard.
Serial relay control module to roll windows up/down, lock/unlock doors, open driver door, open pass door. (I need software for it please help. For more info check out R810 )
A4 Rechargeable Wireless RF Mouse, ACK240 Full Size Wireless IR Keyboard.
This is what the setup can doo
-Win XP pro corp Ed (prim boot)
-Win ME (sec boot for Cliffnet 1.4 This was deleted when Cliffnet 2.0 supports XP)
-Powerstrip 3.28 trial
-WinAMP 2.81 starts playing as soon as WinXP boots
-AO plug in for custom size and buttons
-Album List plug in for album list and cover art display
-IR plug in for IRman remote control
-Windows Media Player 6.4 for all videos and subtitles (DivX, XviD, asf, wma, wmv, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4.
-Power DVD XP (DVD movies, DVD ripped to HD, mpeg1 mpeg2)
-EZ CD extractor (MP3 ripper)
-DVD Decryptor (ripping DVD movies to HD for later playback)
-Nero Burner 5.5.9
-Street Atlas 2003 Plus (runs with Copilot at the same time)
-MS Streets & trips 2003 (1 sec GPS update hack, runs with Copilot at the same time)
-Cliffnet Wizard 2.0 beta Clifford AvantGuard4 alarm control software
-OBD-II scanner for digital dash RPM, vehicle speed, intake air temp, eng temp, throttle position and engine load
-WinLSD frequency generator 10hz - 20khz, sub box design software.
-Select Phone Pro 2002 west coast - phone number search CA, WA, OR, NV
-Dial up networking for Nokia 8390 through IrDA port - Internet access
-Handset Manager - Nokia 8390 cellphone manager - address book, ring tone, background programming
-VNC remote desk top control from the comfort of my room.
Windows boots to music in 45 seconds. That's pretty damn fast considering all the crap I'm running in a fragmented HDD with out any software tweaks.
Will try Media Engine 2 when its available
I started my project by building a clear case. My first case looked like crap so I tossed it. I learned from my first case that I dont need to use thick lexan for my installation and also an ALL clear case wouldn't look good either cuz when you look through the top of the case at an angle, you can see all the fiberglass crap on the inside. So I decided to use Black ABS plastics to cover the sides and thin Lexan for the top. I also want the case to have good ventilation so I squeezed as many fans as I possibly could. It gets 110 here in the summer. I ended up with a case that houses the FV24 motherboard, Opus Dc-DC PSU, Maxtor 160GB hDD and 4 fans that measures about 7.25X8X4. The case setup has external quick disconnect IDE cable, ATX plug, audio plug for CD drive, and all onboard USB headers and audio headers.
Cutting the perfect circle on a plexiglass can be hard. I draw a perfect circle then I cut it with a jigsaw. I made a round sand paper and attached it to a drill. I use the drill to sand the circle to the pen mark. once sanded, the circle is perfectly round with no rough edges.
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This is the finished case.
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After I got the case built it's time to start the alarm install. I need to get the alarm mounted and wires ran so the Cliffnet cable is ready. The alarm is a Clifford AvantGard4. It comes with a remote start, headlight control, window roll up and 3 AUX out. The onboard window roll up was replaced with SmartWindows4 for total Window up/down control.
Once I got the alarm prewired, I need to take the dash apart so I can hide the brain. I relocated the AC control and forgot to take pics.
I want to mount the CD drive somewhere on the dash. I dont smoke so screw the ashtray. The CD drive is about 8" deep. The ashtray is only 7" deep. Behind the ashtray was the AC system. I had to build the CD drive bezel out an inch.
Scroll down to 4th post for part 2.
97 Toyota Tacoma You gotta See This. NEW UPDATE!! 100+ pics part 2
I couldnt find a fast slot load DVD and CDRW drive at the time. I I don't use the drive as much. The times I did use it, I never had any problems.
The dash is starting to take shape. I mounted the Linksys USB WiFi, Garmin GPS16 and Copilot GPS receivers under the dash cap above the AC duct and behind the Xenarc screen. The LCD screen is still in its original case for warranty purposes.
I wanted a console to hold the PC, all the wires and cables and have it still look decent. I started with a shape of what the console should look like and fit.
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After I got the model console done, I decided to add a 3.5" drive bay to the left side of the console for future upgrades. As of now I just put a floppy drive in there.
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Since a lot of the neat toys I want are in serial and my motherboard only has 1 serial port, I did a search on the net for a way to add more serial ports. I came up with a Kekspan USA49W USB to 4 serial hub. The hub has a power LED and 4 LEDs to show the status of each port. I want to be able to see the LEDs but the original case looked ugly and big. I had to build a case for it.
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After the serial case was built I decided to mount the case on the side of the PC console so that I could see the LEDs
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This is the finished console texture coated and color matched
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Once I got the everything made, it's time for the install.
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The PC is in the console
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This is the finished console
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This is the center console amp rack for the JL 500/1, 300/4. The amp rack houses the amps, two 4" intake fans, two 3" outlet fans, 1 farad cap, 1 4awg in 4 fused 8awg out dist block, 1 4awg in 4 8awg out ground dist block, cup holders for 2 extra large cups up to 64oz, mouse holder, cell phone holder, and USB IrDA port. I cant believe I managed to squeeze all these crap in the center console.
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These are the ALL DONE pics
Here are some close ups and screen caps
I hope you've enjoyed my setup. I'd be happy to see some positive comments and to answer questions you may have