Edit: I went for a completely different solution then those on these first posts:
Following the trend on this forum, I should start with a picture of the car too:
More a couple of posts below. So yes, I am building a carputer on my FX!
Actually this thread should have a "?" in the title. I'm not sure I'm going with a carputer on the FX. The main reason is that I'm finding difficult to find a spot to fit a 7" touchscreen LCD somewhere in the dash. And I would like to be as much close to OEM as possible, but I have don't have much talent at all for fabrication (although I may be willing to learn, if I have a good, interesting idea to play with).
This 07 FX 35 is pretty much loaded, with NAV and Sat Radio. I just want to add a way to fit my 170Gb+ of music plus some fast growing collection of music videos. So what to do? I'm tired of burning mp3 cds, and worse, managing them all!
Today I've made a couple of tries with the LCD I took from the M35 Carputer project. I can't mount it on the windshield in CA, it's against the law.
Update: This maybe be changing though:
Just this week Mr. Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that was put forth earlier this year that will legalize windshield GPS mounting once more. Granted, stipulations are present, but at least you won't be forced to point your retinas down at the cup holders in order to see your navigation system after January 1, 2009. In the new year, drivers in the Golden State will be able to suction their GPS unit in the "lower 7-inch corner farthest away from the driver or in the lower 5-inch corner closest to the driver." If you go pressing your luck and throw it smack dab in the middle, be prepared for whatever fine you're due.
However, I don't want cables dangling from the windshield. Heck, I can't tolerate cables from Radar detectors, not to mention a big fat VGA cable dangling in front of me. So I thought about this spot. It does not impede much of my view from the road, as you can see below.
Here's some pictures (ignore the wrench, it's just to balance the thing). I'm going to use RAM mounts adhesive with a suction cup adapter to fix this thing to the dash/speaker grille (link).
This is from the driver's eye level:
Note that I would color match the rear of the monitor with the dash, also I would pass through the cables using a whole in the speaker grille. It's a $8.32 part, so I'm not concerned about ruining it. I think it's the cheapest part in the whole dash!
I also considered fitting in the clock assembly, but the gear lever would impede the view in some angles. And it would be too much away from view to be useful, perhaps. Also that clock assembly is a very expensive part, so as the overhead console. I could try to use the glass holder to mount the LCD there (I think it will work like that in the Sequoia) and build some sort of fiberglass surroundings to make it look stock, but at around $800.00 if I'm not mistaken, I won't touch it for now (Toyota's part are much less expensive, it's just plastic, what gives?). If I find a used FX overhead console on ebay, then that will be a different story!