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    Hey, I don't post here much, but I've been a lurker for a while. Your car pc install was the one which really got me moving on mine. I have 2 Jetts III's, a auto 96 GL and a 5 speed 98 GLS. The carputer is going in the GLS once I buy another screen.....I dropped mine, the touch panel cracked, then I messed up the screen itself, long story, but I need another one LOL. I only plan to use mine for music, and possibly GPS, but I am going to use an audible GPS so I don't need to look down and such. I really like the way the screen replaces our cupholders, those things can't handle more than a soda can. Anyways, I was just posting to let you know that you have an awesome install and you should buy another VW! Sorry, I live those damn cars even with their "high" cost to maintain.
    Dave

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    Just wondering how much hacking and fiberglass/bondo work you had to do to get the nice install look you got on the screen. I have seen a few MK3 installs that either didn't look right or looked painful in the amount of cutting, fibergalss and bondo (I know they aren't all easy). From the pics, it doesn't look to bad (easier than some of the others) just wondering on any tips, I am still up in the air as to what I wanna do for monitors. I have a MK3 Cabrio (the MK3.5 or facelifted version) so just looking for info and ideas need a decent driver monitor for main control and nav.... then a passenger (probably visor) for entertainment while driving (for them not me).

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    Got a question about the battery setup. Surely if it lasted 6 days with the smaller battery, it can easily last that long with the car's battery? Standy S3 is the one where all the fans turn off as well right? the only thing being powered is the Ram so the memory isn't lost.

    My idea was to connect the comptuer to the car's battery, and then put it in standby (that's if it does actually last for a long enough time) and then if I need to leave the car for a few days I can just shut the computer down completely. The only difference in that setup would be that the amps would also run off the car's battery so there's a risk of draining it if you play music with the engine off but a simple voltmeter can sort that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldskoolvwlover
    Just wondering how much hacking and fiberglass/bondo work you had to do to get the nice install look you got on the screen. I have seen a few MK3 installs that either didn't look right or looked painful in the amount of cutting, fibergalss and bondo (I know they aren't all easy). From the pics, it doesn't look to bad (easier than some of the others) just wondering on any tips, I am still up in the air as to what I wanna do for monitors. I have a MK3 Cabrio (the MK3.5 or facelifted version) so just looking for info and ideas need a decent driver monitor for main control and nav.... then a passenger (probably visor) for entertainment while driving (for them not me).
    I worked on this for about maybe 2 weeks? But only 1-2 hours every second or third day. Lets say 12-14 hours overall... First I glued the front frame of the display where I wanted it to be... than I closed the big holes with plastic that I glued in there. After that I used fiberglass bondo two times (it's the brown stuff http://bild.profila.de/thumbnails.php?album=5&page=1 ). Than I used two finer types of bondo and spray filler at the end. Of course many many many sanding between the steps. The better you mold the bondo the less you have to sand. And don't make too thick plies, as the bondo will change it's size while drying...

    Quote Originally Posted by rudeboymcc
    Got a question about the battery setup. Surely if it lasted 6 days with the smaller battery, it can easily last that long with the car's battery? Standy S3 is the one where all the fans turn off as well right? the only thing being powered is the Ram so the memory isn't lost.

    My idea was to connect the comptuer to the car's battery, and then put it in standby (that's if it does actually last for a long enough time) and then if I need to leave the car for a few days I can just shut the computer down completely. The only difference in that setup would be that the amps would also run off the car's battery so there's a risk of draining it if you play music with the engine off but a simple voltmeter can sort that out.
    jap... it should last for a long time. I just wanted to be sure, that I aaalways can start my car. Maybe someday the system crashes while it's going to standby and stays on... the next morning there is a big problem
    hmm... you could use something that cuts off the power, when the voltage is dropping below a limit or so...

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    Nice install mate.
    I've just bought a RHD VW Golf MK3 1.8 GL and won a MK3 VR6 centre console (from a LHD) for £6.99 including postage & package on eBay. I plan to install the screen the same as you and don't anticipate any compatibility issues with the centre consoles.
    Many people say the screen will be too low but I don't tend to mess with the PC whilst I'm driving. I don't think it will be that ackward and it's not as low as it seems when you're in the car. I also want to leave the Head unit in as a backup system for now.

    Cheers,
    Dave
    Vauxhall Astra SXi Car PC installed.

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    WOW, Very clean... I would love to fab something like this in my 1997 jetta ! Very cool, thanks for posting

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    Thanks... To answer your email: It took about two week, but I only worked on it about 1-3 hours on some of the days. Sometimes the console only lay around for a few days or I just checked it, so it didn't take sooo long. Sanding and waiting for the bondo to get hard takes the most time.

    Good luck!

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