My First CarPC Install (3rd car audio install)
2002 Honda Civic EX
5 spd, 1.7L VTEC engine
*all from an old IBM desktop
Mini ATX motherboard
Intel 933 MHz
256 Mb ram
40 Gb 3.5" internal hard drive
M2-ATX DC-DC power supply
500 Gb Western Digital "My Book" external usb hard drive
Belkin 3.5mm to RCA connection cable
175 W power inverter wired to center console
Running Road Runner w/ honda skin
Lilliput 7" touchscreen
Soundstream Rubicon 1000.1 class D amp
Orion HCCA 12" dual VC sub in MDF custom ported box
Pioneer 300/2 amp
Eclipse 5480 6.5" woofer and 1" tweeter components
1 Farad power capacitor
20% 3M tint - helped for screen visibility
Total Money Spent: $505
power supply $80
Misc Wires, paint, etc $100
new radio bezel $15
All audio components $0
-(reused from previous vehicle) back when purchased retail, around $1700
2002 Honda Civic
Project Status 98%
*everything is working great, just need to button up some wires and paint the sub box.
The power inverter, for the AC plugs in the center console, resides up under the cup holders and is hard wired to the car thru the radio power wire; so it's on-off with the key. It's 175 Watts which is enough to run my external hard drive or charge my laptop (which has a 60W power supply). However it has never blown a fuse on that radio circuit. Note that the LCD screen and the remote wire for the amps and computer are also on this circuit.
I hinged a piece of plywood for the new trunk deck. then spec'd the general sizes around where the hinge needed to be to still get the spare tire out. Surprizingly, everything actually worked to plan, and the spare tire is amazingly easy to get in and out.
My To Do list:
-finish hiding power wires for computer and general cleanup of amp rack.
-paint sub box and amp rack.....i'm delaying cuz everything is working so well, and in order to paint I need to remove EVERYTHING in the trunk.
-black 17" wheels for the car