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    My VettePC

    Well, I finally got around to taking some pictures of my system. It has been complete for about 4 months and is working perfectly. I had pictures of the whole install, but the SD card in the camera got corrupted and the pics were trashed.

    Before :



    After (Yes, the shifter changed from a Hurst to a C6 Z06):





    Here are the specs :

    VIA EPIA SP-13000 Mobo
    512Meg RAM
    250 Gig drive
    M1-ATX Power Supply
    Xenarc 7" Touchscreen
    BU-353 USB GPS Receiver
    Custom wood box

    Windows XP SP2
    Road Runner Front End
    Map Monkey
    Winamp
    DIVX Codec
    Custom Skin (modified from ones that I found around the Net)

    Kicker SX700.5 5 channel Amp
    CDT 2-way 6.5" components in front (Crossovers are under the seats)
    CDT 6.5" Coax drivers in back
    MTX 12" Sealed Sub in an 'NVTHIS' stealth box

    RAAMmat BXT and Ensolite over the entire interior and doors.

    I used the now familiar method of cutting the entire A/C part of the bezel out and sliding it down. Then mounted the Xenarc frame to the top of the bezel and gluing the A/C framework to the bottom. Then tape up from behind and fill in with the Oatey ABS cement from Lowes. I did not mess with trying to melt my own plastic. The cement was easy to use (get a sqeezie mustard bottle) and readily available. I cut the ashtray door down to half its size and used it to fill the hole in the bottom. My original plan was to mount the computer reset button and Sub level control there, but decided I liked the cleaner look better .. plus it's a great place to lay sunglasses. The sub level control and switches are mounted under the dash. After the filling .. then sanding, filling, sanding, red Bondo glaze, sanding, glaze, sanding, a high fill primer, sanding, primer, sanding, then the SEM Texture paint and SEM Clear finish. I covered up the buttons for the monitor for a more OEM look but extended the wires on the IR recever and placed it behind the grill of the internal temp sensor. Plus the Xenarc has auto turn on/off .. so I really never need the remote.

    To move the A/C Controls down, I had to cut out an aluminum support brace in the dash. A Dremel tool was EXTREAMLY handy for this and all the plastic cutting that had to be done for the project.

    There is no CD or DVD drive in the car, but I can pull the entire computer out of the car in 20 seconds. I have a 12v power supply in the house I use to power it up and transfer movies/songs/maps/skins to the drive. I also have easy access to the USB ports on the back and can load new music on with a 2 Gig USB Flash drive when I want to do updates in the car. The GPS receiver is mounted right above the brakelight on the passenger side. It is held in place with industrial strength Velcro.




    The cover over the sub has holes drilled in it so it can stay on top of the sub and protect it. I kinda over cut the cover a little around the amp and will probably order another one .. then use the carpet from the first to cover the computer.

    The PC Box. The motherboard is on the bottom. power supply is mounted to the side, and the hard drive is on the top (upside-down) There are 2 posts that come up through the bottom of the removable panel that fit into holes on the computer case. This holds it in place .. but makes it very easy to lift out. The side of the box that is against the back of the car has 10 holes drilled in it for ventilation. The only fan inside the case is the CPU fan. It is very quiet and the VIA chip does not generate much heat. All the power and switch connections to the PC are on a single connector. The power supply also has a built in sequencer to control the Amp on/off .. that way, the computer has a chance to start up before the amp is turned on .. so no 'THUMP!' The back of the PC is ugly ... but functional (and you can't see it in the car)



    The GPS receiver is mounted right above the brakelight on the passenger side. It is held in place with industrial strength Velcro.

    The software driving the whole thing is Road Runner. RR is a FANTASTIC program written and maintained by Guino. It's free and there is a great support forum for it over at MP3Car.com. It is totally skinnable and there are many skins that have been created for it. I basically took several different ones and mashed my own together ... moving buttons and functions around. Here are some screen shots .. sorry for the bad quality .. time for a new digital camera.

    Props to the original authors of these screens (most from MP3Car.com)







    Right now, the hard drive has about 15,000 songs, 50 movies (in DIVX format), about 100 audio books, and a bunch of comedy albums .. and there is still over 100 Gig free. Song/album selection is very easy .. no mouse required. It is also possible to build playlists on the fly and shuffle at will. Who needs XM!

    As soon as someone comes out with some good Bluetooth software for the Blackberry, I will add Bluetooth to the PC and an in-car mic for phone calls and voice commands.

    So there you go. I could not have done it without the help and support of this forum and Corvetteforum.com. If you have any questions .. hit me at [email protected]

    Thanks for listening.

    Oh .. the Car :



    The Lexus SC300 in the background is my daily driver .. it has a CarPC too !
    Lexus SC300:
    Shuttle SB65G2/P4 2.4GHz/512 Meg RAM/120G Drive/Dynamix 706 TS/M4-ATX PSU/Rikaline 6010 GPS/RR/iGuidance 4

    Corvette:
    VIA EPIA SP-13000/512Meg RAM/250G drive/M1-ATX PSU/Xenarc 7" TS/BU-353 GPS/RR/iGuidance 4

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    wow very nice and I loove what you have done

    and very very nice car, is that a new paint job?
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    Sweet Install! I've always love vettes. Mix both a vette with a car pc and

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    That is truly a sweet vehicle, and you did a very clean install. Enjoy!!! (remember, watching movies at 180 mph may slow your reaction time and could be considered bad for your health)
    May all your dreams come true.....unless your dreams are nightmares ~ L.S.

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show-off-your-project/67759-2006-honda-civic-breaking-ground-what-warranty.html

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    looking nice

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    lush!

    and you got a maual

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    Thanks guys .. and the paint is original .. just washed and waxed
    Lexus SC300:
    Shuttle SB65G2/P4 2.4GHz/512 Meg RAM/120G Drive/Dynamix 706 TS/M4-ATX PSU/Rikaline 6010 GPS/RR/iGuidance 4

    Corvette:
    VIA EPIA SP-13000/512Meg RAM/250G drive/M1-ATX PSU/Xenarc 7" TS/BU-353 GPS/RR/iGuidance 4

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    i feel guilty not posting a comment here...even though we've been talking a lot on the corvette forum! Looks great though! :thumbs: <--- even though that wont work here...you know what it looks like
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    very clean install

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    Very nice man, simple, clean!

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