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    Once I get the A/C controls relocated I can then work on adding my monitor to the dash. I figured if I can do a good job of this, I'll apply what I've learned to my next project - the dash.
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    The body fill is flying...nice. Good luck with the fit & look, I hope you get it the way you want it. Not easy sanding shapes to a perfect OEM look.
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    I will be doing something similar with the same console as in your generic picture so I would love to hear more about your experience. I am assuming that if I remove the screw at the front of the console it will drop down in the front and pull out from the rear?

    I will be installing a 7" screen in mine. I hope to build a computer to control my HVAC and other features in the truck and will be mounting its touch screen in the over head console.

    Did you have to split the case at all or just trim off the opening?

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    I just got a call today that after 2 weeks of waiting. The GM paint that matches the paint code for the interior trim of my truck is finally in after being on back order. Unfortunately since I work all week, I won't be able to pick it up till Saturday to do the painting. This has been holding up my progress but I am glad it I finally here. I plan on doing more sanding and painting this weekend to get it looking as close aas I can to the factory color. I am however not going to try to get the texture back as well since this is my very first time trying my hand at this. Right now it is sufficient for me to match the factory color. The texture is not all that important to me right now. More pics to come after the painting is all done. Once I get the piece installed and I like my work I will start on the dash bezel itself.
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    These projects never seem to end. After spending so much money on quality door speakers, amps and subwoofers for my truck, I think it I time to upgrade the weakest links in my audio system. If you are reading this then you probably got past the section of my audio setup in previous posts. My focal speakers in the doors are reputed to give audiophile quality sound for mids and highs. The subwoofers cover the bass. My two alpine digital amplifiers have more than enough power to handle the output to the speakers. The weakest links are few but I do think I want to address them to get better sound quality. I am planning to add a dual battery setup to the truck in the very near future. In addition, a larger cap than the 1 farad one I have now seems to be on the horizon. Also thinking of upgrading my alpine head unit and adding a sound processor to the mix. A center channel speaker would also be a nice addition if I can find an ideal location that still looks stock.

    The weakest link in my opinion is the connection from the computer to the head unit
    My motherboard does have an optical output so I am considering connecting it directly to the sound processor. Some would suggest getting rid of the head unit altogether especially since I do not use the radio at all. However the head unit does at this time serve as the selector for my audio sources as it has a dedicated iPhone/ipad input, a digital aux in which I currently do not use, a analog aux in which the computer is currently connected to, USB input for a thumb drive and and a 12 disk cd changer which I have currently removed since I hardly use it. I am considering put it back though because my niece and nephew love to ride in my truck when I go to visit and they always bring their CDs along. Unfortunately at those times I have to tell them I have no way of playing CDs.

    Problems with the newer head units these days is that you do not get that many input choices nor do you get a rear aux input. Most manufacturers are sticking a 3.5 inch jack in the front and I don.t like that. If I had 1 wire running in front of the radio, I might as well have a jumble of wires running there.


    So much to do and not enough time and money...............
    Last edited by Dluvr22; 12-04-2012 at 08:53 PM.
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    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...avalanche.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadedrod View Post
    I will be doing something similar with the same console as in your generic picture so I would love to hear more about your experience. I am assuming that if I remove the screw at the front of the console it will drop down in the front and pull out from the rear?

    I will be installing a 7" screen in mine. I hope to build a computer to control my HVAC and other features in the truck and will be mounting its touch screen in the over head console.

    Did you have to split the case at all or just trim off the opening?
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    That is absolutely right. If you unscrew the 1 screw in the front, you can just pull it out from the rear and disconnect the interior lights, and whatever other options you have there.

    As far as putting a 7 inch monitor in there, it will be much harder to keep the factory lines as it is almost double the height of the A/C controls.

    I did not have to split the console. I did however trim the A/C control unit a bit so it is not a 90 degree angle at the bottom end as that would mess with the factory look I was going for. I also had to cut into the console to make it a bit wider at the bottom end

    As far as building a computer to control the HVAC, that is definitely doable but it is much more than I am willing to tackle at this time.

    I don't know if your unit has the auto temp setting as mine, but I tell you it is not as simple as connecting relays from the computer to supply power for different functions. Heck mine has a 32 pin plug that I had to extend into the over head console
    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
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    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...avalanche.html

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    The paint I had been waiting for finally came in so I took it upon myself to start painting this piece Friday night .
    Here is a pick after multiple coats of paint and some wet sanding between coats
    I then reinstalled the map lights and garage opener and the extra button I added to control my hid off road lights.




    Installing the actual A/C unit into the overhead console.




    Reinstalled into vehicle. As you can see, if you had not followed this thread you'd be hard pressed to tell that the overhead console did not come in the truck like that from the factory when comparing to the hard plastic pieces of the visors - the paint I used is an exact match.
    While I was working on the overhead console, I also took it upon my self to change the lighting in the A/C control unit and the garage door opener to red LEDs. The off-road light switch also has red LED in place of the original.

    Last edited by Dluvr22; 12-09-2012 at 04:32 PM.
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    Gigabyte Z97 mITX Intel Mobo, 8GB RAM, Intel Core i5-4590S 3.0GHz Proc, 320 GB Hard Drive, Dual 12' VGA HDMI DVI touchscreen monitors,....
    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...avalanche.html

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    As mentioned in my previous post I changed the bulbs in the HVAC controller to red LEDs. I did the same with all other interior LEDs. Notice the map lights in the previous post? Those are super white LEDs. Same goes for my door panels, gauge clusters power window and door locks and everything else.
    At this moment there is only 1 incandescent light bulb in my whole truck and that is the bulb under the hood and the only reason why is that I am not under there at night often enough to change it. Anyway here are some shots of my new interior lighting
    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
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    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...avalanche.html

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    Great result!! Looks factory, I know the hours you must have in that to look that good but it's definitely worth it when you look at it. That should give you the confidence to tackle the dash bezel/screen project now...
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    Looks cool.. I did the same in my truck except I did the blue LED's and put super whites in.

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