At first I thought about putting in one of the motorized lcd screens that fit in a single DIN opening. Then I could leave my head unit (currently a Kenwood with a Music Keg) in the car to drive the speakers. Before getting anywhere I decided that I just didn't like that idea -- I wanted something that looked more OEM. So, I started researching LCD screens and all the pluses and minues associated with them. I really hated the way most washed out in the sunlight. Finally, after doing some digging I found the guys at fpd displays around the time they decided to do one-off type enhancements for LCDs. I'd already found an 8.4" panel with a brightness enhancement (which I started doing my dash fab with), but knew that wouldn't really help in the sunliught so I found a fairly inexpensive 8.4" TV from Hong Kong with exactly the same panel as the one i already had. Sent it to FPD and the added the transflective enhancement and the touchscreen. Now I had the right display and none of my work toward fab'ing the dash would go to waste.
Here's where I started, a stock bezel for a 2005 F150 (with center console feature)