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    1996 Ford Explorer XLT - Complete

    Well, I gutted all of my computer stuff out of my Denali and actually sold the truck late last year. I transplanted everything into my '96 Ford Explorer and here it is!

    Specs:
    -Motherboard: VIA M10000 Nehemiah Core
    -Power: OPUS 150w - Optima YellowTop Deep Cycle battery - 4 awg cable
    -Signal: Stock head unit running through stock amp/speakers via aux input conv.
    -40gb laptop hard drive
    -Wi-Fi: Netgear 54Mbps WG111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter
    -Holux GPS USB unit
    -7" Lilliput that I epoxied and molded into the dash.
    -Sirius Audiovox PNP2 satellite receiver


    Here's the general layout:


    And here's a closeup of the Lilliput screen. I used epoxy, bondo and a LOT of sanding to get this to look right. I actually went through 3 different paint colors to get it to match the factory rubberized look. I got it to match pretty good:


    The factory radio was relocated to the center console area so that I could utilize the factory sound system:


    Here's the front bezel removed - you can see the system board mounted to the firewall. I was able to fit all of my carpc components into the front dash - including the OPUS power supply. I modified a metal tray that fit perfectly into that opening and mounted all of the components to it for a common ground. I still need to go through and clean up all of the wiring but it's not too bad...


    Here's a different angle - you can see the laptop hard drive mounted to the air vent housing. You can also see the Holux GPS receiver on the right.


    And a closer shot of the systemboard.


    Here's the OPUS power supply wedged under the center console cover. It's a very tight squeeze but it fits!


    No big deal but here the Aux input converter feeding the factory sound system. The Sirius radio fits nicely into this opening.


    And finally, I ran a USB extension up to the console mounted to the roof. This gives me the ability to swap devices without having to disassemble anything. Here's my Wi-Fi adapter plugged in:
    Carputer: VIA M10000 Nehemiah Core, OPUS 150w - Optima YellowTop Deep Cycle battery, Netgear 54Mbps WG111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter, Using 'modified' Onstar box as GPS unit, 7" Lilliput put into digitalww dash kit by myself

    -My Denali-

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    Thats a smooth looking install. Did you have to relocate the controls?
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    Thanks! Nope - I didn't have to relocate any of the Ford controls. Everything (except for the modified bezel) can be put right back to stock if I ever need to.
    Carputer: VIA M10000 Nehemiah Core, OPUS 150w - Optima YellowTop Deep Cycle battery, Netgear 54Mbps WG111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter, Using 'modified' Onstar box as GPS unit, 7" Lilliput put into digitalww dash kit by myself

    -My Denali-

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    the screen fits so perfectly it almost looks like it came like that stock! nice job!
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    VERY nice job on the screen install. You even worked with and kept the typical Ford curvy bits in the dash. Looks like it came stock.
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    Do you have a before picture? Just amazed how well it integrated.
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    Have you thought about doing another fiberglass piece to flush in the radio in the center console, with maybe a compartment next to it to maintain the storage space around it?

    Great looking screen install, btw.

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