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Thread: 1955 Austin A30, Classic Car install.

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    Sweet install! Love your interface to the car! Is this something that is easy done with fusionbrain?

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    this is a project that i like ! cool !
    I like old cars, especially when you do something like this with it
    Is de screen going to be like this forever, or are you going to put it away more smoothly ? Now it's just sitting right there on your steering column.

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    @tom_rosenback : Is this something that is easy done with fusionbrain?

    I found the fusionbrain a relatively simple interface to use. The RRfusion plug-in for RideRunner is very good and has an example skin that provides a good example of how to read values back from the unit.
    I have an electronics background so interfacing the fushionbrain to the car was relatively simple. The tacho was the hardest part using a capacitive pick-up on the coil and then feeding that to one of the fusionbrain frequency to voltage converters.

    Overall the hardest part for me was the gauges. I have never used flash programming before and didn't have a clue about feeding information from the fusionbrain (via RideRunner) into a flash animation. Using two demo versions of Swishmax and the tutorials on this forum it took me about two weeks to create the digital dash as you see it.


    @bad_luck: Is de screen going to be like this forever, or are you going to put it away more smoothly ? Now it's just sitting right there on your steering column

    Behind the screen is a supporting pillar for the sheering column. I would like to have mounted the screen out of the way and had it 'pop-up' when needed. Unfortunately there is nowhere that the screen can be easily hidden out of the way and still be visible and useable as a digital dashboard. (i.e the only place that it could be mounted and hidden is on the passenger side!).
    I'm quite happy with it as it is at the moment as the screen can easily removed. When removed the car it still looks like the classic that it is.

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    ok, that's a truth .. Your spedometer on the passengers side, that's not really efficient no ..
    How do you get the speed information etc. on your PC by the way? I bet you don't have OBD-2?

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    LOL, the speed comes from GPS rather than the car itself.

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    ah ok, too bad .. was hoping for another way than OBD-2 because my cars don't have it

    Dude, nice project, thumbs up !

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    Very cool project. You've reinvigorated my goal of a similar screen in my '64 Chevy. I'd like to do the same with two small screens. I may have some questions about interfacing with the non-OBD sensors.

    Cheers!
    The car is mostly complete. Wanted to hide all the stereo system so I've got a SecretAudio SST head unit, Kappa Amp, Kappa 6x9, Kappa 4", bluetooth streaming audio.

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    Cool,
    I would not recommend using any USB screens as a primary monitor in your project. If you can find a motherboard with a dual output I think that would work a lot better.

    Any questions feel free to ask via PM or here.

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