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    2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Custom Car PC

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    I'm a 22yo webmaster and computer geek...decided some time ago to attempt to get a working computer in my 2003 Lancer.

    A brief back story... Over a year ago, I started by mounting a cheap 3G netbook onto the dash. I bent some aluminum to craft a monitor stand which held in place a 10" netbook laptop which had the monitor flipped the opposite way around (so the keyboard/base was behind the monitor on the dash). I powered this with a 300W inverter and connected the laptop's sound to an AUX-in on a single pre-out JVC head-unit that I bought for around $50. Since then, and after being laughed at by passengers, I've decided to try and do something a little more 'complete' and higher quality.

    I'm by no means a professional and actually this project marked my first time working with fiberglass and a lot of the required tools. It has been both a fun and frustrating experience. I welcome criticism and suggestions of any kind!

    **EDIT: I didn't bother posting a picture of the full "before" as the members of evolutionm.net (where I first posted this build progress) are familiar with the Lancer. Now this is not my exact car, but the interior looked identical to this before I got started:
    as you can see, there is adequate room for a 7" if you relocate the climate control, as I did, but I wanted to go with a bigger screen (10.2"), so it required a very custom approach as you will see =). Climate control was relocated, hazard light switch moved, clock above hazard was ditched, vents were closed off and rerouted to under the dash (extra leg vents)

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    Components/Materials:

    - Kinetik HC1400 power cell (front/starter)
    - Kinetik HC800 power cell (rear auxiliary)
    - Stinger 300amp isolator
    - 10.2" Xenarc 1020TSV touchscreen monitor
    - 300W inverter (from before, will power the monitor and be used for misc)
    - Griffin Powermate programmable dial
    - Opus Solutions 350W 12V power supply
    - PC with 4GB DDR3 ram, Dual Core 2.4Ghz athlon cpu, 120GB solid state drive, Creative X-Fi sound card + two 120mm blue led fans (fabricated in trunk)
    - Focal 165A1 components/tweeters
    - Focal 165CA1 coaxials
    - Two 10" Image Dynamics IDQ10V3 2ohm subwoofers
    - Hertz EP4X 4-channel amplifier (150W x 4)
    - Alpine MRP-MR1000 Monoblock amplifier (500+ x 2)
    - Dynamatted the entire interior/trunk/doors
    - Applied 0.5" thick neoprene foam throughout the vehicle to absorb road/engine noise
    - Two 60mm Prosport volt gauges (for each battery)
    - 3-way USB hub
    - key/lockable LED valet switch for PC power

    Pictures:

    This was the first batch of pics I uploaded on my build thread at evolutionm.net (lancer enthusiasts)


    Removed entire dash panel / climate control / stereo / trim, two PVC pipes where gauges will eventually go. At this point i was Noob Level I.


    Metal screen frame glued in place and fleece fabric stretched over top...i think at this point i said to myself more than once "what the **** am i thinking?" Mixed my first ever batch of fiberglass resin for this step.


    Glued the frame in place, cut mold


    "Well it will look strange if the rest of the panels dont match?" - ah screw it so started smearing fiber-enforced filler across.


    Starting to take shape, added the gauge pods above


    Sanded a bit and testing fitment...decided to have it stretch overtop the instrument/gauge cluster above steering wheel


    Wish i took some pics between this pic and the last, added in USB ports from hub, hole for valet switch, hazard light and 2 component switches


    Primed and sanded, still lots of dents and scuffs


    painted, bit too glossy, I have since applied quite a few layers of dead flat toner


    stripped interior, time for dynamat -__-


    have dynamatted the entire floor, front doors, trunk and doubled up on trunk lid






    Neoprene, 1/8" strips glued together, this particular piece went in the door. Couldnt find thicker neoprene from a Canadian dealer, so went with the only roll on amazon.ca (1/8")


    Now to move the climate control panel


    i hate working with this stuff


    -__-


    bit better


    in the meantime, will spray on some toner


    looks a lot better, i think since taking this pic ive used more toner


    new battery, 0 gauge, inline fuses and isolator all fixed in place


    all internal wiring fed underneath the carpet, two USB extenders, monitor cable, monitor power cable and 0 gauge from front to rear battery fed through




    side note, since i spilled resin on my front seats and they are pretty poor seats in the OZ rally, i bought these new ones! very comfortable and the bolster support is great! (in anticipation for the 4G69 + mods)


    climate control relocation starting to come together


    painted, still needs toner to match dash


    more madness! filled over where ash tray used to be, time to get the griffin dial mounted


    angled base toward driver, griffin pictured top


    light guard and some finish (this dial has a very bright blue LED on its base, i wanted to contain it a bit with a guard)


    getting the guard in place


    what a mess


    cleaned up a bit, good ol' bondo


    spot putty and some sanding


    primed, griffin in place, will be attaching it to the base via velcro

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    Here are some more recent updates:




    looks a lot better with the toner on it


    oh ya this notch in the top left is for the wire, less of a hump for the wire, will make for a cleaner install


    will be interesting to see it illuminate once in car

    Another one of climate control with stickers on:



    have attached to the mold bolts to connect to dash securely. bolts are held in place with JB weld front/back and lock washers







    Since doing this I've filled over holes/scruffs on front, painted, applied toner:





    pc power switch (not mounted yet), monitor switches, usb ports visible but they need work, might see about painting around edges or getting some sort of trim for that



    as well as 3 bolts on right side that have been stealthily hidden, I had to drill 2 bolt holes on the left.



    u can't see these bolts, basically out of view and sort of behind the steering wheel...but just to make it cleaner i'll paint em to match dash and see if i can clip on a plastic covering



    going to see if i can find a stencil or sticker for the hazard light emblem

    more to come soon!

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    I uploaded a short video this evening to YouTube:


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    tested touchscreen mount today and USB hubs, all working so far!

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    Angle shot


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    Really great work, you’re inspiring me to finish my centre panel. Looking forward to seeing how it looks finished and installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickz View Post
    Really great work, youíre inspiring me to finish my centre panel. Looking forward to seeing how it looks finished and installed.
    thank you - means a lot coming from someone with as much technical experience as you. i looked at your project thread and youtube videos, the stuff you have accomplished blew me away! i feel like a complete newbie now haha!

    do you mind me asking what it is you do for a living?

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    Hi, and thanks also for your thoughts on my project, especially coming from a likeminded builder. Well basically, I was forced to stop working a long time ago due to arthritis. My formal background was of course an EE. I started out over 45 years ago (makes me feel old saying that) self taught programmer (you had to be back then) in assembler then Pascal, C etc. Thatís why I like Micros and use ASM most of the time for them. Computers and electronics are now just my hobbies. Forces me to never stop learning and certainly keeps your mind young!
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    T-Screen HVAC control, custom microcontrollers, code and FE. CarPC Project

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickz View Post
    Hi, and thanks also for your thoughts on my project, especially coming from a likeminded builder. Well basically, I was forced to stop working a long time ago due to arthritis. My formal background was of course an EE. I started out over 45 years ago (makes me feel old saying that) self taught programmer (you had to be back then) in assembler then Pascal, C etc. That’s why I like Micros and use ASM most of the time for them. Computers and electronics are now just my hobbies. Forces me to never stop learning and certainly keeps your mind young!
    electrical engineering - now it all makes sense! haha. your project is very neat, I would love to be able to have my HVAC controlled on the PC

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    looks good!

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