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Thread: 99 Ford Ranger XLT slide-out LCD on a budget

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    rustoleum high heat grill paint. its very nice stuff apparently, rated to 1200deg.. and even though my black truck gets hot in the summer, i think im safe

    there is quite a few blemishes in the bezel still, but you cant even really see them in the pics, even if you size them up to original.

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    Man, I'm gonna get me some of that paint for my project (if/when I get to work on mine)!

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    any suggestions to make it harden up quicker? it seems fine of course, but i know if i accidentally scratch it (like i already have countless times) it will leave a gouge. it will take at least a couple weeks of sitting in the hot dash to make it really durable, and maybe thats just the best thing to do.

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    here it is finished. i need to let it sit for a few more days before i install it, it still scratches fairly easily... and ive already screwed up the finish enough.


    i had to cut out more of the opening, after primer and paint it simply didnt fit. it was an unfortunate mistake, because its not as nice as it was... but its still plenty nice enough

    i put clear shipping tape on the faceplate and any place that can rub and scratch, as you can see if you look closely... we'll see how long that holds up (i foresee the tape turning yellow and making it looks like CRAP)

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    that is some amazing work, it looks really good. I have entertained this idea in my car for a while, however I dont think it is possible in my setup.

    Have you test fitted the touchscreen with the cables in place because I am looking at it and it seems like it would be difficult to push and pull the tray out once the wires are in place...

    just a though

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    What about the cables to the screen? :S

    Interesting idea though, I would suggest looking at slide out keyboard/screen solutions used in server racks.

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    the cables will route no problem... i made sure of that a long time ago.

    i got all day tomorrow to install everything... will update soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophistications View Post
    that is some amazing work, it looks really good. I have entertained this idea in my car for a while, however I dont think it is possible in my setup.

    Have you test fitted the touchscreen with the cables in place because I am looking at it and it seems like it would be difficult to push and pull the tray out once the wires are in place...

    just a though

    well, first of all, there have been 1000 problems getting this together. its my first time doing anything like this, but one thing i have learned is that every problem has a solution. i have it pre-fitted in the truck right now (i had to go to the grocery store and wanted music) without the lcd, but the tray does slide all the way in and everything seems great. ill wrap the lcd wires in some tape so its just one big cable that comes out with it.... if anything i will attatch a spring to the middle of the cable, so when i close the screen the spring will pull the wires back into the hole as it goes in.

    there will be two problems with this project that wont get solved though. first, the finish around the faceplate opening is getting mucked up. its because the faceplate swings up and down- when you push it in you can catch the lip and zing the bezel paint. i put a dab of dynatron on the bezel opening edge, and that will work but i should have came up with a scratch-proof bevel all the way around the opening on the bezel. oh well- it just means i have to take a bit of caution when i close it each time.

    and two, the faceplate has a lip on top that wraps around the lcd, it give the appearence that the whole thing is like a drawer or ashtray, the problem is the lip doesnt wrap all the way around to the radio when closed, so there is about 1/2 inch gap there.. if the lcd is on you will be able to see the screen light coming from underneath the radio. you really wont notice it when the screen is off though, and since the screen is always off when its closed up, i dont see it being a huge deal.

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    Yeah that's sorta what I was saying the the cables, they'll have to be guided somehow to stop bunching up.

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    well its installed. i woke up late after partying last night, didnt start until 3pm. i thought maybe i would get the screen mounted and a few wires ran before dark, then i found a roach in the flooorboard of my truck. its been dry around here, so i took it as a sign from god. f_u_c_k_i_n_g d_e_t_e_r_m_i_n_d i set out to get it all in so i could go for a night cruise/blaze. 7 hours later, working with my milwaukee flashlight, i hooked up the power wires and started the truck.

    fan comes on the mobo, no boot. knowing god was on my side tonight, i simply shut off the truck, shut off the mobo, and then tried again. boot and total success. jrmediacenter fired right up and i now see why some people hate ipods. music is soooooo much clearer.. i knew i had a good stereo system, now its unbelievable for the little money i have in it.

    pics will come tomorrow when theres better light.

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