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    2008 Subaru WRX

    Starting my build.

    No pics yet. I'll get some up tomorrow. Finishing up Exams for the spring.

    I'm starting with an old Xpc I had sitting in the garage that I had been converting into a MythUbuntu box set into an old Cable set top box I had. It's an old AMD 1.8mhz processor, 1GB ram, onboard video.

    I've reinstalled the Xpc m/b into the Xpc case, and purchased a 250gb 2.5" laptop Drive. It's running with Ubuntu now, but I need to get a smart power supply, and a touch screen.

    Looking for any recommendations. I'm going to buy a second piece of Dash trim that surrounds the double din opening in the dash, and possibly set the screen into the dash replacing the radio. If not, then I'll probably have the screen on a movable arm.

    The initial plan is to cut the Xpc chassis top half of the Xpc, and try to not make it look too Ghetto, then install it in the Glove box.

    The WRX has just begun it's Racing career in Autocross, so a large portion of my desire for this is to get some OBDII gauges up.

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    Post pics as soon as you can! I always wanted a WRX......I'm sure it's going to look clean
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    Well, I had more Honey-Do's to do, so I've just got into the work on the box.

    I've cut down the Shuttle chassis in half, and need to cut the chassis cover down to fit it.

    I think I am going to mount it under the drivers seat, instead of the glove box.

    I also don't think I am going to cut the stock stereo out, just due to the complexities of getting Radio over the computer. I think I will mount a secondary touch screen on an arm of some sort that I can turn towards the driver or passenger, based on whether I am racing or traveling with the wife/kids.

    Shuttle now has a $399.00 bare bones chassis for, I think, I7, that has a 7' touch screen mounted in the front of it. I'm definately going to look into one of those as a possibility to dismantle for the screen.

    I have some pics of the build process, that i need to shrink and post.

    Found a cool app for the Tmobile G1 phone for racing called trackmaster, that does GPS based, performance monitoring(lap times, etc.).

    Also have a Perrin Performance 25mm front ARB, and Kumho ecsta XS 235/45/17 autocross/road tires coming next week.

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    Looks like I need a mod to move this to work logs...

    Sorry about that.

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    Sounds like this could be fun pc. I would stray away from the arm mount monitor, just doesnt look clean. but hey thats just my 2 cents. Cant wait to see some pics of the car & pc.

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    tried to post some pics, but they didn't show up.

    Lets try again.
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    The Flap on the inside that I bent down on the chassis is where I will secure the 2.5" HD.

    Some more pics.
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    I'm thinking that I am going to leave the monitor non-permanently mounted.

    I'd like to be able to move a 7" monitor to in front of my current gauges, with some sort of mount, so that it can function like the digital Race gauge sets that purpose-built race vehicles have, like with Motec data.

    I'd then also like to be able to have my wife move it to a semi-permanent mount when we travel so that she can watch movies.

    I have a T-mobile G1, and a tethering program for it, so I should be able to get mobile internet wherever there is 3G service. I think my download speeds have been averaging 350-500kb lately, so not great, but not horrible either.

    I'm taking all suggestions for software that would help me accomplish this. Right now the box has straight Ubuntu on the hard drive.

    Here is what I have to work with:
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    Next Steps:

    • buy a 7" touch screen
    • buy some sort of power supply
    • choose software package (OBDII, Music, Movies, GPS, etc.)
    • Buy OBDII cable
    • mount a remote usb, and audio hookup(car has an aux 3.5mm jack in the center console)
    • might also try dual 7" monitors for the back for the kids.

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