1997 VW Jetta GLS Install
I just finished my 1997 Jetta’s install on Sunday. First, before we get into this, I want to thank Marc, Troy, and Nick for all their hours of help, and Marc and Troy’s dad for letting us take over his garage on the weekend.
First, what I put in: VIA EPIA M10000 with 512MB PC2700 and an 82GB IBM hard drive using a Linksys 802.11g wireless card to war drive and connect to my network for file syncing. My input and display is a Xenarc 700TS (VGA with Touch screen) and my GPS unit is a Rand McNally serial receiver, which works GREAT! The software I am running is CoPilot 2003 and Media Engine 1.77 (Using Confused’s changes, which can be found here). The computer is in an old P2 case I had lying around, and will be moved into something smaller in the near future – Making a custom Lucite case for it this weekend most likely.
The console was molded from the original console, using a layer of fiberglass and then sculpted with Bondo. We started out using all Bondo, but the Bondo wouldn’t adhere do the console material, so we laid a layer of fiberglass at about 2AM and then went to sleep. The fiberglass was set up perfectly at 9AM when we went back to work, and Marc started laying Bondo onto it. I think we used about 5 layers of Bondo, and a LOT of sanding, which made it turn out really nice. Primed and painted semi-gloss with two coats, and looked great. But we rushed the install and I chipped the Bondo when I installed it into the car, and the paint smeared a little bit – Means I have work for this weekend!
When we drilled the switch panel, it cracked badly so we applied some Bondo and sanded and painted it, but it came out ****ty, so I am ordering another one from VW (or getting one from a junk yard this weekend if I can find out there) and trying it again. Also, the large red-lit switches I bought look horrible, so I am getting some smaller ones that are blue, or chrome and a blue LED above it, not quite sure yet.
I took the GPS receiver apart and sanded off the “GPS” text that was on it, and primed and painted it flat black, looks much better now, and then I tucked the wire away around the edge of the window lining and into the trunk – It can’t be seen from outside the car, or inside either.
Now, for some pictures…
Media Engine, running VW skin:
Console and Headunit:
Computer in Trunk:
And some more pictures, and any more that I get will be here: http://pchardwaremods.com/sigma/images/jetta/
And I’m sure I’m forgetting to tell something, so feel free to ask anything and post comments/suggestions/etc. Thanks!