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Thread: 1994 Camaro 3.4L "Red Alert" CarPC

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    Is that carbon fiber? In a domestic?


    Nice setup, but it definitely needs to be cleaned up. I see wires, are you missing a piece of your dash or center console now?

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    I should've explained exactly what was going on, my bad. All I did was install it for a test fit, and then powered it up using a 12v inverter that I had lying around the house and used a regular ATX powersupply. The Opus that I bought seems to be defective, so I'm going to have to return it. That's why in some of the pics, wires are hanging down and such, it's not the 100% final install and all tidy and hidden yet. My car is a 94, but I have a 98+ center console, which has a smaller cubby hole and doesn't go as high, so there was a large gap between the radio bezel and the center console, so I was trying my best to fill the gap while still leaving it open for airflow due to the motherboard being on the bottom of the bezel.
    Here's how it used to look, with a snow hat thrown in the gap to hide as much of the wires as possible.


    The screen's position actually works excellent in the car, only bad part is that the camera won't take any decent pictures from the driver's seat without showing glare that isn't there except when I take pics lol. So far, even with direct sun beating on the screen, I can still make out everything fine. Also, it's perfect height because I can rest my wrist on the shifter, and then control the touchscreen.

    And lastly, yes, that's carbon fiber.. in a domestic. I love the look of carbon fiber, and wrapped the pieces in it and did the resin and all that myself. I'm no professional, but I'm not afraid to try things out, even if it takes a few tries to get it looking great. Likewise, this screen is just the first version, I literally did it all in one week because I was so anxious to just get it in the car. I was already planning on the 2nd version of the bezel to integrate everything better, started planning before I was even finished with the first, but I had a car show and just wanted to get it in and running for that. Went over well there, though, even had a handful of people ask me to make them a carPC now.
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    So true. Taking pictures with a flash shows every fingerprint and lots of reflection because the light is bouncing directly off the surface. But it would look normal if we all had a bright light taped to our heads. Sunlight and no flash works much better.

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    Yeah, when I get the new panel replacement and I get the opus installed and running, then I'll be taking daylight pics and stuff, these were all in-garage.
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    Nice work!
    I am hoping to do something similar to my 93 Camaro. It's good to hear that the screen is still readable in direct sun, I was not sure it it would be readable there and so I considered installing the screen elsewhere, not sure where yet though. Keep us posted as everything progresses.

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    Constant Bitrate meissenation's Avatar
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    Here's some "finished" (this project is never finished, and I already have plans for redoing the bezel or swapping out my entire interior for a 97+ camaro interior) pics. Anyway here's two pics of my wet car (I just washed it, haha yes in the snow), and then some interior pics of the carPC.









    These pics make me god awful anxious for Christmas, when hopefully Santa will give me brand new carpet.
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    Who cares about the CarPC, get some more pics of the chick on your desktop....

    Peace,

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    the exterior looks awesome. interior....not so much.

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