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    2008 Chevy Uplander Pure Android 4.1 CarPC

    Ok, so i am setting off on my second gen carpc build. my first carpc is a windows build in a 97 Honda accord. this time i am going to try an android build. the vehicle is a 08 chevy uplander minivan with 47k on the odometer i recently purchased from CarMax for my wife and 3 kids to ride around in. i am still collecting parts for this build. so far i have a pure android 4.1 head unit with 6.2" capacitive multi touch lcd. the head unit supports wifi, nav. rear view cam, steering wheel control input, and all the other bells and whistles. the head unit is driven by a dual core cortex a9 cpu @1.2ghz, it has 1gb ddr3 ram, 8gb nand flash memory, and it runs the latest version of android i could find. aside from the head unit, i also have acquired a steering wheel control interface, a canbus decoder so i can keep the retained accessory power and chime, a 2.4ghz wireless 170 degree night vision rear view camera, and a cheap Bluetooth elm 327 scanner to work with the torque pro app for real time hp and tq numbers while i drive. once all hardware is in place and i am satisfied with installation, i will aquire a mobile hotspot for my minivan so i can always access google play store. i will post pics as my new build progresses. so far all i have done to this uplander is a complete led bulb conversion and hid headlamps, and i got a stick figure family for the rear windshield so as to brag about my biggest accomplishment in life.
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    here is all the hardware i have so far. while i hand built the carpc for my accord, on this build, my goal is for a small footprint. with this head unit, the majority of the hardware is self contained. screen size is dropping .8" from the already small 7" screen in my accord. but this head unit has 2 rear monitor outputs. the minivan has 4 captains chairs and a full size third row bench. the uplander is very spacious inside, so it gives me a lot more room and flexibility for expansions and adding extra screens than what i have in my compact 4dr accord. also, here is a pic of where everything is going, before i start...
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    The teardown. ok, well, I feel I shouldn't call it that. lol. the bezel snaps off and there are a few screws securing the old radio and a/c control head. I am very pleased with how open it is behind where the radio sits. the pure android head unit has a fan on the back of it and I was concerned about it being able to breathe. also, this is the location I chose to mount my gps antenna. If it gives me problems there, I will move it to the roof, but only if I absolutely have to.
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    ok so I didn't take any pictures of the sub harness I built to connect factory harness to the new unit. but anybody who has ever installed a simple stereo should be familiar with that procedure. I am rather meticulous in my electrical work. every connection gets crimped with a bare butt connector, and heat shrink. all wires in sub harness are equal length and I stagger my butt connectors so I don't have a huge knot of butt connectors in the dead middle of the sub harness. I am also still waiting on a bunch of parts to arrive, so I jumped the gun on the install for sure, and it will have to come back out for upgrades as parts start showing up. mainly I am still waiting on the 2.4ghz wireless backup camera and also a steering wheel. you might notice from the pics I have a steering wheel control interface for my build and a steering wheel with no controls. it was a factory option, so I am hunting down steering wheel, and maybe clockspring. but I want new wheel first so I can compare connectors and pin count first.

    so far in this "build" I don't feel like I have built much. but it's all there. it tethers nicely to the android cell phone. we can google on the go, lol. it plays all the android games like plants vs. zombies 1&2 and angry birds, haven't tried out it's navigation, yet. it also has an awesome radio, and that is something my powerhouse of a carpc doesn't have. I will be installing torque pro app tonight for vehicle communications. and I will be desperately contemplating ways to go extreme on this build because so far, as a builder, I am so let down with the installation thus far. no fabrication, no building a pc, no loading the os, no real creativity in building. I mean I had to file the bezel because the head unit was a little bigger than a traditional double din radio. with my other car, everytime windows boots, I am glowing with pride because that windows carpc represents hundreds of hours of my labor.
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