1999 Mercury Grand Marquis CarPC
Here's the completed system installation in the trunk of my 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis.
I built the upper and lower racks out of 1/2" plywood with 2x2s for support. I'm using 4GA KnuKoncepts Kolossus Fleks Kable for the power and ground cables to the Pyramid RFP7 power distribution blocks, and 8GA KnuKoncepts Kolossus Fleks Kable for the power and ground for the amplifier. I'm using a Stinger PRO1 3' twisted pair interconnect to go from the USB DAC to the amplifier, and a standard 3' 3.5mm to RCA cable to go from the HD Zoom to the computer. My speaker wire is 14GA StreetWires Ultra Cable. The power to the distribution block, the IGN wire, and the power cable from the computer to my Lilliput is run on the right side, and the speaker wire, USB cable, and VGA/USB cable for the Lilliput is run on the left side. All of the wires on the underside of the lower rack are clamped and organized, with power and audio clearly separated.
The upper and lower racks are covered in heavy duty black felt, bought from Hobby Lobby. I'm considering upgrading the felt to black leather or black speaker box carpet, but that depends on how well the felt will hold up. I decided to put a sheet of 1/4" plexiglass over the computer and amplifier for two reasons. One, it adds a unique touch to the setup that I haven't seen before, and two, I still need to use the trunk. I'm going to add more stand-offs to the long and short edges to help prevent the plexiglass from flexing and breaking. I might upgrade to 3/8" plexiglass if there is too much flex even with additional supports. I'm also thinking about adding some 12V Blue LEDs I have laying around in my garage to add a nice glowing effect, but I haven't quite decided on that. I already have some white LEDs on the left and right side of the trunk for illumination, which might be enough - I'll see after a few nights how I like the look.
Here are the components I used:
- Black Box case from Mobile Computing Solutions
- Intel D510MO motherboard with 2GB RAM, 80GB Intel SSD
- Opus DX3.120P 120W Intelligent Power Supply
- Visteon HD Radio with HDR-USB cable from MJS Gadgets
- USB DAC I purchased from eBay
- Centrafuse 3.5
Anyway, that's my system. My next project is to integrate my 5 wire Lilliput 669 into my dash. Once that's done I'll post some pictures of it.
Thanks for reading.