Well, the story starts with this. I recently bought my wife a 99 Suburban as a 'kid hauler'. Her first complaint was seeing when backing up. That got us looking into the possibility of a rear-view camera. In thinking about it, we also concluded that Navigation was a major requirement for her. During a visit to Circuit City looking at things, we decided we like the theory behind the Pioneer AVIC-D3. There was one major problem. The 'Burb is a 1.5 DIN, while the AVIC is a 2 DIN. Conclusion was that the project would get tabled for now, as hacking up the dash is alot of work, and finances didnt really permit anyway.
Fast Forward a couple months. A friend of mine pointed me here to check things out. I started looking around for some examples of what people had done in a dash like mine. I stubled accross DohCrazy's dash mod that he did. Looked pretty sharp! Well in further searching I saw it was FOR SALE! and had been for a YEAR. I sent him an email, and made an offer. And it was all downhill from there!!!
Sooooo...... Here is the plan
- Lilliput 809GL-80NP/C/T
- IBM Thinkpad T30 with Port Rep
- Unsure on the Amp yet, 4 channel, 400w range
- Silabs USB Tuner
- Custom Built 'ringer' module for 'wake on ring'
- Fushion Brain
- Mapoint 2006
- WinXP Tablet
Cusom Software Theories:
- Modifed Suburu Logo Skin with a Selectable Camera overlay in place of logo?
- Reverse Triggered backup camera
- Custom Pyrometer & boost gauges (its a diesel :peace:)
- Permenant Clock
- QWERTY Keyboard
- Relocate Volume to left side
- Calendar (maybe integrate with Google or outlook somehow?)
- 'Shopping List' Module? (considering a dot-matrix printer for a quick printout)
And much much more.
I hope to start installing things tomorrow. First plan of attack is to get the dash panel installed, laptop installed, and make things 'functional'. For a few days, it will be playing sound via computer speakers... :lol: But it will be ok.
Here is a pic of the screen powered up in the dash. DohCrazy did a bang-up job when he did this install. I bought a can of gray paint tonight and plan to mask & paint the gray portion of it. I have to admit... if it werent for him making such a nice dash & selling it... I wouldnt be doing this for some time! I do have to figure out what I am going to do with the 4x4 buttons, as the spot they belong is too small now. Although, I might just have enough room there for a 3.5" card reader :tape:
I am open to input on any of my suggestions above!