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Thread: MKIV Supra TT - Mac Mini / Custom Dash / Custom Boot

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    Newbie tresseh's Avatar
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    MKIV Supra TT - Mac Mini / Custom Dash / Custom Boot

    Hi Guys,

    I'm a new poster, but have been lurking on here for quite a while, gleaming information and admiring everyones handywork! I thought i'd share with you my project, I think you'll agree it's a little bit special! Possibly one of the first to get a Mac Mini into a car?


    Dash Insert:
    Removed: Clock, Cigarette Lighter, Double DIN slot, 2 x aircon vents, Slip control/Active Spoiler/Blank switches, Speed/Revs/Fuel/Temp dials
    Moved: AC controls, Dash Dimmer Switch, Foglight Switch, Mirror adjustment switch
    Fabrication: Completely smoothed and shaped to follow standard contours, with inset touchscreen surround plate and re-fabricated instrument panel housing.

    Dakota digital instrument panel
    0-255 MPH Speedo, 0-80 MPH Bar Graph, 0-8000 RPM Bar Graph Tach, 0-18,000 Numeric Tach readout, 0-80 PSI Oil Pressure, 0-300 F Water Temp, 8-17V Voltmeter, 0-99% Fuel Level Gauge, Odometer/Trip Odometer (0-999.9), Indicator Signal, High Beam, Handbrake, Wait to start, Cruise Engaged, Gear Shift Position, Engine Check, Resettable Service meter (0-9,999.9), 0-60 MPH timer, High Speed Recall, Mile Time, End of Mile speed, High RPM recall, settable shift indicator, Automatic Night Dimming and Adjustable Warning Points.

    8" Xenarc touchscreen LCD monitor
    1x VGA input, 2x Composite inputs, 640x480~1600x1200 resolution, Adjustable backlight level with light/dark settings (reduces glare at night), Auto power-on upon signal detection (turns on with the source), Automatic display adjustment (resizes/calibrates automatically).

    Apple Mac Mini
    1.42Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, Superdrive (CDRW/DVDRW etc), Bluetooth enabled, Airport Extreme (wireless networking) enabled, OS

    PowerMate USB rotary controller
    Allows user defineable actions for the rotary controls, such as Click, Rotate Right, Rotate Left, Click and Rotate Right, Click and Rotate Right, Long click. For example in iTunes Rotate Right increases volume, Rotate Left decreases volume, Click pauses/plays, Click and Rotate Right skips to next track, Click and Rotate Left skips to previous track. Also used to navigate all software in a similar way to BMW's iDrive system.

    Salling Clicker Software
    An incredible piece of software that lets me remote control my Mac via bluetooth from my Nokia 7610! Browse MP3's, control DVD's, increase/decrease volume using my mobile!

    Centre Console/Armrest:
    Removed: Ashtray, armrest cover, armrest tray/insert
    Fabrication: Total rebuild of the centre console to allow the relocation of the AC controls under a completely new hinged cover. A sloping mount was created to house the PowerMate to allow intuitive and free access to controls for audio/visual.

    Thor Racing Auxilary Dials
    Stainless steel replacement fascia's for the AC control dials and warning light plates.

    Removed: Factory speakers and enclosures
    Fabrication: One-off fabricated door inserts, with a reshaped contour and brushed aluminium handles/detailing.

    R.E XXX series 6.5" mid drivers
    Phass A-series 2-way crossovers
    Phass AT 28mm Alnico Tweeters

    Boot Build:
    Removed: Spare wheel, toolkit/jack, factory sub-box, various bits of plastic trim and surrounds.
    Fabrication: full-boot sub-woofer enclosure, multi-tier/angle amplifier rack, one-piece fiberglass covering 'skin' and boot 'bonnet' piece to allow access to the amps.

    Split Charger System
    Yellow-top Optima battery with split charger system to isolate stereo equipment and prevent main battery drain.
    2 x Tru Technology T-2.100 amplifier
    1 x Tru Technology T-4.100 4-channel amplifier
    2 x R.E XXX series 10" subwoofer

    Special Thanks:
    I'd like to give a huge thanks to Audio One for the masses of work they did to the car, and for coming up with some fantastic idea's. Also, another massive thanks to Emin from AAC Performance for fitting the dakota instrument panel and making everything blue to match!
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    Newbie tresseh's Avatar
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    Some more pictures for you
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    Low Bitrate 273BeLow's Avatar
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    Paisley, Scotland
    wow... and you used a mac mini

    Your whole dash is amazingly modern and rather different to anything I've seen..


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    FLAC alti's Avatar
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    nice work, i really like the smoothness of the dash, interesting having all of the controls moved, do you think you will miss having the vents? What was done to the dash as filler?
    My Install

    CFiG v1
    iGuidance Plugin for CF

    Working shell for a CarPC

    StopWatch plugin remade for centrafuse RC1

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    FLAC NiN^_^NiN's Avatar
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    Australia, Melbourne
    I like the supra but the dash inside them look like **** it just wrecks the car

    But the dash in this doesn't look to bad

    it looks likes it's missing something above the LCD tho feels like something should be there to fill the empty space maybe a Supra logo that glows blue or something
    CarPC Status:
    GPS: 99%
    Hardware: 99%
    Software: 92%
    Case Install: 99.9%
    Dash Install: 100%
    Car Install: 72%

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    OMG you bastard!!! seriously lush install mate.

    Love that dash and it's so clean BUT i can't help think it looks too clean for my tastes. Jsut htink it needs a slot load and some buttons or something to make it more 3D like a sticky out bit above/round the sides of the screen to recess it a bit. But i suspeect it's because i am only looking at pics that don't do it justice and cos the steering wheel is missing in the 1st pic.

    nice one, am a little jealous.

    I swear i saw your install somewhere the other day.

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    See me in my wet t-shirt. stevieg's Avatar
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    Warwickshire, UK
    Yeah I saw the post by Audio One on digital-car and here.... We were impressed then! Even more so to see more photos.

    WELL DONE!! Excellent job!!!

    Will we be seeing you at the UK Car PC meet!?!?!?!? Would love to see this in the flesh!
    Ford Focus MP3 : Blog Updated 29 January 2009!
    Car PC Status: Complete - Undergoing Software Redevelopment

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    Maximum Bitrate PORTUGAL's Avatar
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    Great work on your car !!

    I love supras !!
    Here in Portugal we have great weather, lots of brunnets, party a lot,drink a lot....

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    Variable Bitrate no1knows's Avatar
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    christ thats nice
    Mods: 18" Boss rims,Twin custom stainless exhaust,cold air induction.
    Sound: Pioneer 7400 HU & 6x9's,12" Vibe Sub,600W Kenwood amp.
    CarPC: MicroATX, Inverter, WinTV, Lilliput 7", USB GPS

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    Low Bitrate Hacksaw's Avatar
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    Southwest UK
    Wow, very nice, love the cover over the amp - puts me in mind of a Ferrari engine cover.

    Dash looks so futuristic it almost looks like you're missing the flux capacitor from the install...
    2000 Vauxhall Vectra SXi
    EPIA M12000 / 256MB RAM
    PW-120 + ITPS
    Slot Loading CDRW/DVD
    30GB 2.5in HD
    Lilliput 7" VGA + Touchscreen
    GPS Nav
    Installation progress {+++++++} (Installed! :) )

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