2004 Mystichrome Cobra Install
Well I figured it was about time I posted some pics and info on my project here since I've gotten good feedback thus far from the people who've seen it in person or posted over at SVTPerformance.com. This system has been a long time coming for me, it was originally intended to go into my 2000 Mountaineer, but that met it's demise about a week or so before I was planning to install. I spent a few months car-less before buying the cobra from my brother. That was late september of last year. Obviously winter was coming so the project was held off until this past spring. I'm currently in the process of making a new bezel that includes a slot for the DVD-RW. I'm also being more methodical in its construction since I'm already experiencing some cracking on the first bezel. It is far from being one of the nicest installs on here, but I am relatively happy with how it turned out. It has flaws, some of which are listed below, but most are easily fixable. Just have to find the time and have the weather cooperate when I do have the time.
Via Epia MII 12000
80G 5400rpm 2.5" Seagate drive
Slimline notebook slot-load DVD-RW drive(not yet installed)
Globalsat br-355 GPS reciever with serial cable. (Mine is actually rebadged by semesons as the i.trek s3.)
DSATX 220W DC-DC
2004 Mustang Cobra Coupe with Mystichrome package
it's one of 1,010 total Mystichrome Cobra's made and one of 515 Mystichrome Coupes made. This color was only offered in 2004, not to be confused with the Mystic paint on the 1996 Cobra. For those don't know, Mystichrome paint is a color shifting paint like Dupont Chromalusion. Mystichrome shifts between Purple, Blue, Green, and Black(rarely seen for some reason). Even the interior of the car has Mystichrome accents Most of the leather surfaces have been pigmented with the mystichrome. The steering wheel and seats for instance match the exterior of the car and change the same colors.
My current incomplete list:
1. Radio Tuner Status: Incomplete
2. Install the DVD-RW drive Status: complete
My original plan was to install the drive in the console, however I recently discovered it won't fit without cutting up the console. I have this thing with cutting up my original parts, so i'm currently in the market for a dark charcoal console.
5-13-07 Update: The new bezel with a slot for the DVD-RW drive is installed.
3. Mount the usb ports Status: Incomplete
I'll likely mount these somewhere on the replacement console when I get it.
4. Repaint the bezel Status: Incomplete
The paint I got from the 50resto did not match. I know it can only be so close, but it's pretty off.
Current Bug List:
1. Turn-0n Pop through the speakers. Status: Not Addressed
Very common in car-audio. I need to build some kind of delay that keeps the amps from powering up before the computer is power up.
2. Low buzz from speakers. Status: Not Addressed
Most likely a ground loop. Will install ground loop isolator.
3. Buggy Navigation Status: Not Addressed
This just cropped up recently. I know people have been having trouble with IG3, but I think mine is more related to the reciever being mounted in the pillar behind the pillar trim.
Far from perfect, but let's face it, do we ever feel we've reached perfection? I have to give many thanks to the people on this site for the inspiration and guidance that helped my project to turn out as good as it did. Hopefully I can give back some of the help I've recieved. Now on to the pics.
Screen glued into place, ready for bondo work. No I didn't paint it red, it was like that when I got it off of ebay.
Same as above, but reverse side.
This shows the piece of plexiglass I put into to keep the shape of the bottom of the screen flat.
Closeup on the screen
After some bondo work and some sanding.
Another shot of above.
Just about done, primered.
Another primer shot.
The finished product:
Main Menu of the frontend software.
Frontend running Iguidance Navigation Software.
A couple pics of the case the motherboard is mounted in. Was really thrown together at the last minute due to space constraints. I had made a nice plexiglass case, but it turned out a tad bigger than would fit.
New Bezel installed with a slot for the DVD-RW drive as well as a coin holder replacement with USB ports and status LED's. More info and pics in Post #27.