looks good, i was wondering why you left it red, because your car is red duh!, how did you hook up the sorround sound? 5 channel amp?
Ok, a little background. First the biggest I have seen an LCD touch screen in a Celica in the radio compartment is 7 inches. I have read in a few threads that that is really the biggest you could go. I like to push the limits and I thought I could get an 8 in. So I figured I would go for it and see how it comes out. My goal was to keep my dash looking like it came factory installed, meaning I wanted to keep my center console glove box thing that most people put their monitors in. So here are some pictures and what I came up with.
Here is what my dash looked like before I started the project.
Here is what most people buy and install a premade monitor that fits into that spot.
Here is the last thing I have seen people do when they dont buy the premade bezel and do it by their self.
Here is my project and how I did this job.
First thing is first, I have to take out every thing to run the new wires and do any needed mods on the bezel.
Next comes the supplies, I also bought some spot putty that isnt in these pictures to fill in any holes formed by the bondo after it hardened.
the bezel from the monitor wouldnt fit flush with the back of the radio bezel so I had to dremel it down a little from its original form.
Now I readjust the bezel to get an idea of how this is all going to fit and how Im going to have to fill in the sides to get it to all line up and look good. In this picture the bezel is sitting a bit higher than it will actually be when its mounted as you will see in the next picture this was just so I could get an idea of the sides.
Next its time to start the bondo process and get every thing put into place. First I taped it all into place and used a mix epoxy to 'tack' it into place so it wouldnt move while the bondo got hot and started the drying process. Here are some pictures after I finished the bondo process. As you can see the actual bezel will sit slightly behind the AC controls when its all put back together but this isnt a problem. After measuring it out this extra space is there and the monitor bezel will go into place with no problem. this will not effect the screen size because the only thing that hung over were the buttons/Ir which will be relocated.
Once the bondo dried I went over it with spot putty and filled in any holes left at the end. I used silver duplicolor paint as a primer and once that all dried I went over it with about 12 even coats of red and black to get the desired look. here is a picture of the finished product put into my car and ready to rock. I hooked up the stock speakers through a 5.1 surround sound controller so my car has surround sound for movies, as well as music control.
Im planning on painting the inside of my car over soon. I want to do the spot thats red right now a high glossy black and every thing thats gray a high glossy red. Any way thats the the project. I have a few more mods left to the actual carputer side of things but Ill be sure to post more pictures when Im finished. Here is an actual picture of my car.
No I bought a wire harness for my car with RCA jacks on it. My car has a stock amp built into it so I wired my stock amp into the acc. wire that way when my car is on the amp is on, then I ran RCA cables from the harness directly into to the surround sound controller. Its a USB Soundblaster card. That way the sound goes from my laptop to the sound card upto the harness into the amp and into the speakers. After I put my system in and setup the trunk how I want it to look Im going to buy an amp bypass for my stock amp and run a new one in the back with the subs.
Nice work man. What exact screen model is that?
You can't really be lost if you don't care where you are.
Sweeeet project Man!! Good job.
Ugh, I cant remember exactly I bought it off my friend. Its a TView. I cant remember the exact number or any thing. He bought it off ebay for about $220 I bought it off him for $100 because he needed cash. Thanks for all the comments.
Nice install, I went a little different route with my 05 Celica GTS. I ended up dremeling out the useless sunglasses holder (the one above your screen) and put in a 8 inch Lilliput screen (don't have transreflective yet) and DVD ROM/CD-Writer at the bottom. Unfortunatly, I have too much fiberglass and bondo trying to hold it in place and it is slowly cracking apart so I'll have to redo it with more strength.
I actually dont have this car any more but yeah, I noticed a lot of people put it in the same place as you and thats why I tried to put it where the radio is. I wanted it to be different. When I first started this project a lot of people told me there was no possible way to fit any thing larger than a 6" or some thing in there, so that was another reason for picking that spot. I wanted to show them it could be done. When I first put it in there it actually wouldnt go in. Behind the monitor I ran into some little plastic pegs, I dont know what they where used for but I took a grinder in my car and removed them. Didnt seem to effect any thing as far as I could and its hidden by the plastic any way.
My dad knowns a lot about fiberglass so he helped me out of the project and it came out really nice. Looked factory and it never cracked. Did you fill in the fiberglass with spot putty? Once mine was done I filled in all the rough spots with spot putty then sanded the hell out of it to get it nice and smooth.
i have no experience with fab or anything so i just put whole screen bezel without fab
and relocate HU in the sunglass holder
btw: your look very nice i wish i can do the same