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    2003 Ford Falcon BA (Australia)

    Ok

    I know this looks a bit dodgey but it was the best i could come up with.
    The BA Falcon has a integrated radio & HVAC screen in the centre of the dash. The unit cannot be removed making it difficult to find a spot for the Touch screen.

    I have decided to mount it straight over the top of the old screen. I cannot see the radio display or the HVAC controls which is a bit dodgey but will have to do for the moment.

    The PC is an E-Vectra that I have sitting in the boot. Runs of a laptop 12V car adapter (The E-vectra is a 19V PC).

    Works well. except that the power supply does not survive crank which means I have to hibernate everytime I want to crank the engine. eek!

    Anyway here are some pics... any ideas on how to improve would be greatly appriciated.

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    hey, not bad mate. i have seen some guys modify their screen in their BA to take a RCA conection for an XBOX, maybe you could do that, then add a touchscreen over top. i dont know if they have a switch or what to be able to still use the HVAC controls though.


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    Nice install!

    Couple of Qs:
    How is the carptuer hooked into the audio system?
    And in the boot, looks like the floor is lower in the centre?

    Maybe using a rotating actuator arm, you can get the screen to flip up over the air vents when you want to use the controls undernearth. I dunno just me rambling on lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by hakhawk
    hey, not bad mate. i have seen some guys modify their screen in their BA to take a RCA conection for an XBOX, maybe you could do that, then add a touchscreen over top. i dont know if they have a switch or what to be able to still use the HVAC controls though.

    Unfortunatley I dont have the colour TFT, I only have the base model display as shown:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox_Mulder
    Nice install!

    Couple of Qs:
    How is the carptuer hooked into the audio system?
    And in the boot, looks like the floor is lower in the centre?

    Maybe using a rotating actuator arm, you can get the screen to flip up over the air vents when you want to use the controls undernearth. I dunno just me rambling on lol
    The audio is linked into the factory sound system, which luckily has an audio in jack.

    The boot has a sunken centre. which is really wierd. I could probably mount the carputer in the sunken bit, so its out of sight, but I figured it would get better ventilation where it is sitting now.

    Yeah I was thinking of making some kind of folding arm.... thats the next project!

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    Looks good. It would look much nicer, if you could relocate that OEM display, and fab the screen in there...

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    Or maybe you can fabircate the screen into a little pod above the air vents. So you'll have to make the pod and cut into the dash above that then bondo or something it all together...
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    Orrr take the screen out of its housing, and make up one of these.

    That holds my 7" lilliput after I take it out of its housing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob^
    Orrr take the screen out of its housing, and make up one of these.

    That holds my 7" lilliput after I take it out of its housing.
    Bob, thats great, where did you get the shroud from? did you make it yourself?


    I would need to get a lilput if that was the case.

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    How is the viewing angle down there? Seems a little too low...

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