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    1992 Mazda MX-3

    I guess it's time to get a worklog going since there appears to be very little to nothing for this particular car.
    My opting with a CarPC was for a number of reasons. First, I've got a Megasquirt Engine Management System that requires a serial port PC to monitor and configure it. The flopping around of my laptop just wasn't going to cut it. Second, my current HU and sound system (that I installed more than 11 years ago) is in need of an update. Although my sound system has never hicipped or even blown a fuse in all of those years, I thought it was time for an update. After more than 9 years of daily driver use my MX-3 is now a summer only car. Since this relegation, I've done numerous improvements and modifications to the engine, suspension and interior. I t only seemed to follow suit that a CarPC was in it's future too. So bascially, I'm killing two birds with one stone - a means to monitor my Megasquirt and and a vastly improved soundsystem. Since it's quite easy to piggy back on this project with additional features, I've decided to go with the routine PC add-ons.

    My Car - 92 Mazda MX-3 GS






    Projected parts list.

    PC:

    Commell LV675D motherboard $245.00
    http://www.logicsupply.com/product_i...roducts_id/490

    Intel Pentium M725 1.6GHz Processor - 400MHz 2MB Cache OEM [PM725] $158.00
    http://www.logicsupply.com/product_i...roducts_id/265

    Toshiba 100GB (1032GAX) 5400RPM Laptop Hard Disk $160.00
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...8743a751a54686

    Samsung 1GB DDR2 PC-4200 533Mhz IBC-M $99.95
    http://ibccomputers.ca/shop/product_...roducts_id=359

    Panasonic CW-8124-B Slimline Slot Loading CD-RW/DVD $70.00
    http://www.logicsupply.com/product_i...roducts_id/309

    BU-353 Weather-proof GPS Receiver $75.00
    http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...Code=GPS%2D002

    BUFFALO WLI-CB-G54HP Wireless Notebook Adapter $40.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833162128

    Mp3Car TRANS 7 VGA transflective (sunlight readable) monitor $679.00
    http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...ctCode=MON-010

    RadioShark AM/FM Tuner $64.00
    http://www.cdw.ca/shop/products/specs.aspx?EDC=607733

    Travla C156B Mini ITX Case
    http://www.caseoutlet.com/shopdispla...rebone+Systems

    Mp3Car DSATX PSU - 220Watt $189.99
    http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...Code=PWR%2D023


    Audio:


    ICBM 5.1CH 2000Watt Amp. This will enable me to send only one optical cable to the optical input.

    Front and Rear Surrround Channels: MB Quart RCE 216's

    Centre Channel: 2x MB Quart DKE 108 2Way Coaxial

    Sub Channel: 2x 10" JL Audio 10W0-4



    Project
    I sourced from a junkyard a suitable centre console and trim bezel along with an extra glove box.
    I trimmed back a few inches of the 2 DIN plastic separator to give me a wide open 2 DIN opening. With next to no triming of that openning, the Lilliput 629 TS display fit just snug on all 4 sides (more or less). To apply pressure from the rear so as to keep from sliding backwards, I'll be adding a thick piece of high density foam to the centre DIN plastic separator. I'm hoping that should keep it from any sort of movement sideways or backwards. To keep from sliding forward, I sourced a piece of ABS plastic from a car stereo installers shop. I cut out a trim piece and attached it to the trim bezel to keep the display from moving forward where it sits completely flush. That trim piece was fashioned in such a way as to allow complete and easy access to the control buttons on the bottom front of the Lilliput display.
    I next need to acquire 2x 3.5" speaker grille covers. I'll be placing the 2 MB Quart DKE 108 cntre channel speakers on either side of the centre console. Unfortunately, most manufacturers don't provide 3.5" grilles any longer and I'm hoping to source then through this BB.
    Here's what the centre console looks like so far:

    http://gickr.com/results4/anim_5055e...a2b3b197c9.gif
    1990 RHD JDM 300ZX TT 2+2 5sp T-Top
    491RWHP / 18psi / 94 octane

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    dude, ur canadian, how did you order from newegg? o_O

    install looks good tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by FC3S View Post
    dude, ur canadian, how did you order from newegg? o_O
    I didn't. I'm not 100% sure where the shop is going to acquire all of the parts from. As much from Canada as possible though. Don't tell me that newegg doesn't sell to Canadian customers?



    Quote Originally Posted by FC3S View Post
    install looks good tho
    ty



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    no newegg only ships to us and puerto rico

    we dont have that many options up here, well, no where near as cheap as newegg anyway


    damn americans, get all the good stuff

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    Nice work John! I thought u were using a fold out DIN monitor case?

    u stole my avatar!
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    AMD X3 2.2 | M4-ATX | 16Gb SSD | 2GB DDR3-1333 | MSI GF615M-P33 MB
    OBDPROS USB | BU-303 GPS l LILLIPUT TS | Car2PC adapter | XM Direct | USB Dual band N with custom mag-mount antenna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FC3S View Post
    no newegg only ships to us and puerto rico

    we dont have that many options up here, well, no where near as cheap as newegg anyway


    damn americans, get all the good stuff
    Checkout http://www.ncix.com .. And if they don't have it, ask them. They can normally get it, and cheap. Cheapest place I know of in Canada to order pc parts/supplies .. and has a massive inventory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nazerine View Post
    Checkout http://www.ncix.com .. And if they don't have it, ask them. They can normally get it, and cheap. Cheapest place I know of in Canada to order pc parts/supplies .. and has a massive inventory.
    Holy sh%t, 4 PC oulets on the lower mainland. I think they could move one to the Toronto area. I don't know of one Toronto CarPC hobbiest parts shop.




    Quote Originally Posted by Custommx3 View Post
    u stole my avatar!
    dohhhh!!! I've been caught. Well you know, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery there is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Custommx3 View Post
    Nice work John! I thought u were using a fold out DIN monitor case?
    Thanks Barry. The retractable housing thing didn't quite pan out. I couldn't quite squeeze it in. I promise mine won't look exactly like yours ... promise. Wait a minute, ..... I got my MX first.
    http://gickr.com/results4/anim_5055e...a2b3b197c9.gif
    1990 RHD JDM 300ZX TT 2+2 5sp T-Top
    491RWHP / 18psi / 94 octane

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    yeah, i know about ncix, but, i guess seeing the american prices on newegg makes the feel like its cheaper, lol

    plus i like the newegg site better..

    and all the NCIX locations look so cheap (i've been to them)

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    Thanks Barry. The retractable housing thing didn't quite pan out. I couldn't quite squeeze it in. I promise mine won't look exactly like yours ... promise. Wait a minute, ..... I got my MX first. [/QUOTE]



    Got your mx 1st? you sure about that? 9+ years
    2011 Nissan Frontier SL
    AMD X3 2.2 | M4-ATX | 16Gb SSD | 2GB DDR3-1333 | MSI GF615M-P33 MB
    OBDPROS USB | BU-303 GPS l LILLIPUT TS | Car2PC adapter | XM Direct | USB Dual band N with custom mag-mount antenna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Custommx3 View Post
    Got your mx 1st? you sure about that? 9+ years
    July 95 purchase date. Still have the Auto Trader flyer for the sale. 11+ years
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    1990 RHD JDM 300ZX TT 2+2 5sp T-Top
    491RWHP / 18psi / 94 octane

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