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    1955 Austin A30, Classic Car install.

    This is my carputer install in my little 1955 Austin A30, It's still work in progress but it's in a state that it can be shown off!.

    Components:-
    Via C7 based Motherboard.
    M2-ATX PSU
    10.1" Lilliput USB Touch-screen monitor.
    Fusion Brain I/O for the pick-ups.
    USB - GPS dongle.
    '3' Mobile Broadband
    RideRunner
    Automapa 5.5.3.





    This is the Car!




    This is what the install looks like.

    The computer is hidden under the dash and is covered with trim in keeping with the rest of the car. The whole install is almost invisible when the screen is removed this is made easier as the LCD is a USB screen that can very easily be removed.
    As you can see the touch screen has a gloss finish, this can be very reflective with even a small amount of ambient light.



    Booting-up RideRunner.



    Main Menu Screen




    The digital Dashboard
    This was the main reason that I installed the computer in this car.
    The Speed is MPH from GPS
    The Battery Voltage, Fuel Gauge, and Temperature sensors are all sensed via a Fusion Brain interface.
    Just above the 10MPH and 60MPH labels are two small green indicators, these flash when I use the car indicators. (Note the car only actually had Trafficators but I installed indicators as no-one notices trafficators these days!)



    The skins of this install were originally based on the excellent BMW_E36 skins. The audio skin in pretty much the same as this original set of skins.
    I want to change the general colour of this sking to red but I haven't got round to that yet.




    GPS courtesy of Automapa



    Shoe-horn this lot in!



    I think that I have discreetly hidden most of the Audio.
    The Subwoofer lives in the spare wheel-well in the boot, disguised as a somewhat strange looking spare wheel.

    The internal speakers are hidden behind the panels and only visible speakers are the tweeters up the front.

    The only thing I have still to do is install a webcam.

    I hope you like it, it's a bit of a contrast to having an install in a modern car.

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    Looks like a really fun install. Glad to see someone doing something in a classic

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    holy cow that is a beautiful car.
    like that the guages on screen look the same as the one just to the left of it.. heh

    nice, can't wait to see the end product.
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    That great work man, you should be proud! I love the gauge screen that matches the factory bezel!

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    Smart car and a nice install!

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    Thanks for all the positive comments

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    That is both what should be done, and how!

    My vehicles are typically 10 years younger (though with the same brakes I suspect, and Root's based...) and have had a succession of digital dashes since the late 1970s.
    Strangely enough, my last was a conversion to a 1990s analog dash with an added digital voltmeter (wow - hi-tech eh!?) - somewhere along the line I decided to waste my time trying to teach some basic car electrics and improvements instead or CRT replacing screens. (Typical - the technology finally catches up so I get out! LOL!)


    The great benefit with my vehicles being pre ~1974 is that I am free to modify without EPA concerns. And I don't have to worry about modern integration or being stranded because some security system fails or is jammed.

    I'd love to show your set up to others in various local clubs, however I suspect they would complain that it "isn't standard". (However they will fit SPST "changeover"(sic) relays, and any non-genuine mod that sits them.)

    I presume your speedo has the hidden switch to flip to the alleged metric speedo? (I know, it's still mph - just an extended scale to handle the supercharger.)


    PS - thanks for justifying the retention of real spare wheels. Not that I ever liked the thought of being speed limited with a modern version...

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    Thumbs up More Classics!!

    I just love this install to this beautiful little car...
    It is done without "ruining" the original feel of the car.
    Just great!

    I would love to see even more classic cars with carpc installs!


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    First off, what a sweet little car. And congrats on a very nice install. I'll be honest and admit to mixed fellings about the concept. I don't know enough about the Austin A30 to comment about their rarity or value. Sprites and 3000s where much more common in the US. I just think if a car is that old and in relatively good mechanical condition, restoration is the way to go. On the other hand, if it's already past the point of ever getting it back to stock, then have at it and have some fun.

    Does the A30 feature the electrical work of the "Prince of Darkness", Mr. Lucas? Is so, I'm even more impressed since I didn't see any visible fire extinguisher!

    Cheers!

    VegasGuy

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    Thank you all for your further positive comments.

    Quote Originally Posted by OldSpark View Post
    That is both what should be done, and how!

    PS - thanks for justifying the retention of real spare wheels. Not that I ever liked the thought of being speed limited with a modern version...
    Thanks for the big compliment & LOL.

    The speedo is MPH anyway as i'm in the UK. (Although I'm actually on holiday in France his week hence the delay in my reply)

    @VegasGuy
    The austin A30 is known as 'the affordable classic' and whist mine may be good to look at it's had a LOT of work by the previous owner and not all done that well. It's had a lot of welding that could have been done a lot better.

    I'd like to think this install is non-invasive, all of the pick-ups are easy to reverse and the screen is just held in place with velcro. I am a member of the A30/A35 owners club and they found it amusing. besides they have sprite and MG midget engines in ther A30's which is far more of a devition from the 'true vehicle'.

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