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    1981 Custom Delorean Car PC Install

    The Car PC will be part of my overall custom interior design. The plann called for a 7" touchscreen in the new dash, accessory USB ports in the custom console and the laptop and AC inverter mounted in the rear package tray area:

    Initial fabrication of MDF and aluminum:

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    Built a jig that could hole the dash pieces in the proper orientation, but outside the car so I could do the fiberglass work:

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    http://www.projectdelorean.com



    or on CarDomain at:

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    Very cool. Thanks for sharing this!

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    nice work!

    hopefully you have more pics?(maybe even some of the outside-- before and after all the exterior work?)

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    Cool Job

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    Wow. You fabbed an entire dash yourself? That is very cool. Well done! More pics and details, please.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Wow. You fabbed an entire dash yourself? That is very cool. Well done! More pics and details, please.
    Yep. fabricated it all. Thanks! When I bought the car, it'd been sitting outside for over 5 years, the entire original interior was sunfaded, cracked, the console was ripped down the side. It would've cost more to put back to stock than to do something custom. Personally I can't stand to drop a bunch of money on something just to make it look like everyone else's. The body was the same story. When I bought it, it was already painted (gloss black). Would've been a bunch of effort to strip and regrain the stainless and when I was done, I'd have had a Delorean that looked like all the others. So I decided to stay with a painted body. Then, before I really decided what I wanted to do with the car, I stopped at a traffic light in Ellicott City behind a Ferarri Testarossa. The thing looked like it was 2 feet tall and 12 feet wide. I got wondering what a Delorean would look like with similar proportions. So I photoshopped up a widened rear profile of the rear and that was it. I HAD to do it. So the body of the car was widened 8" from the doors back and that gave me the ability to add the side air intakes, another exotic detail I liked. With no kits available, everything was fabricated by hand. I read several books and learned a lot along the way about working with fiberglass, carbon fiber, kevlar/carbon hybrids, polyester and epoxy resins, and hand lay-up and vacuum assist techniques. I've detailed the build-up on my website: www.projectdelorean.com, but I'm always happy to answer any questions so fire away!
    Steve



    VIN 02650 "Project Delorean"

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    or on CarDomain at:

    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2448292

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    Will you be putting in a flux capacitor?

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    Did you leave the MDF in place for the dash or did you remove it after made the fiberglass shell? Looks very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by protias View Post
    Will you be putting in a flux capacitor?

    Actually, I already installed the flux capacitor next week.
    Steve



    VIN 02650 "Project Delorean"

    http://www.projectdelorean.com



    or on CarDomain at:

    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2448292

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