93 Grand Wagoneer/ MacJeep
Howdy y’all, this is my 93 Grand Wagoneer carputer, or just a MacJeep. Hours after first seeing the Mac Mini I began to dream about putting that little computer in car. After months of dreaming, fund raising, waiting, and installing I’ve come to a point where I want to share my installation of my Mac Mini. I hope y’all enjoy.
This is the vehicle, my Grand Wagoneer this was the last year they made Grand Wagoneers. Truly a luxury SUV for its time; it is very comfortable and responsive. You can read more here: http://research.cars.com/go/crp/revi...3&aff=national
One of my most treasured parts of this installation my main switches. The red is the so-called “Valet Switch,” which controls the computer. The blue switch is lovingly referred to as “The Sister Switch,” which controls the subwoofer; in a split second I can kill the heavy bass for a certain sibling or preserve my battery power for other uses.
My secondary switches are located in my overhead console. The red one is fully functional but albeit controls nothing at the moment. The blue switch is for my Gamecube.
Now for one of the more regrettable parts of my installation, my screen. After many nights I finally decided to take the easier and quicker route and just install my screen with a hinge. I wanted to keep my nice Pioneer P6600 deck with its OLED screen. This decision did cost me greatly when it comes to aesthetics though… and as such, one day in the future I will consider getting an amp for the speakers and remove my deck for the screen. If anyone has any great ideas of how to keep both and maintain clean look please let me know.
A picture of the Gamecube running.
I originally dreamt of putting the Mac Mini in the dash but just couldn’t find a feasible way that let me play DVDs and burn CDs while inside the dash so I put the computer in my center console. This involved a lot of cutting using a soldiering iron to make it fit. Also in the center console are two hard drive fans and also the CNX-P1900 power supply.
The hidden location of the Gamecube. The wires for it run under the carpet and also through the roof but I’m happy with the result. With the flip of a switch and a push of a button I (or someone else while I’m driving) can play with the wireless Wavebird controller.
My subwoofer, it’s a 12” Street Edge powered by my Street Edge amp. I’m sure a lot of people have brand name subs and amps but I’m able to shake my car with just this one sub with the help of my invention.
My “invention,” aka my “strike plate.” Before I made this I suffered from limited vibrations but now my sub feels almost as great as my friends Firebird with his sub. I guess having a hatch gives your sub an amazing “echo chamber” (not my words).
My final picture, this is the wire from my power button kit. Instead of the way Mike H did it (through the bottom) I ran it through my vents on the back. This makes it much easier to connect and also unplug. I doubt I’m the first one to do it this way though…
SPECS: 1.42 GHz, 80 GB, 512 MB, Combo Drive, Airport+Bluetooth, Xenarc 700tsv, and CNX-P1900/CNX-PV5.