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    Mustang 2000 GT 7" Xenarc CarPuter

    After checking the other Mustangs here I've decided to grab the tools and start to do something.
    I don't like to cut or change too much on my car. I'm trying to make that everything look OEM.
    I have some pictures that I'll publish here and I hope to end up with something nice.
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    Mach 460...

    I've received the harness for the Mach 460 factory connectors.

    http://www.installer.com/item/displa...php?it=70-5510

    I tested it with a Mac Laptop and the output volume is "fair". The "Line Out" signal from the Laptop should be amplified a little more to meet the input levels of the factory amplifiers. (Or maybe it's about the impedance from the "Line Out")
    I'm trying to find the Specs from the Mach 460 Amps to be sure.
    I've used to have a Pioneer stereo connected right from the amplified output to the Mach 460 amps and everything was working fine.
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    Bezel construction

    I've started to build the bezel. I'm using an Epoxy Putty to do it.
    It's easy to sand and strong.
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    Bezel construction and some other issues....

    I've been using the epoxy putty Por-15 and I like that product very much.
    It's easy to apply and sand, yet strong and somewhat flexible.
    I took a plastic case from a broken Acer Laptop to use as a base for my LCD mounting. It's the same kind of TPO plastic as the car bezel, but softer.
    I'm doing the bezel in 3 parts so far. One is the car original bezel, the other is the original LCD bezel and the third is my that connects everything.
    I want to keek them separated by now to make it easier to sand and keeping the lines.
    The "Acer" bezel is going to be flat, and sanding it to keep flat is much easier without anything around it.
    Covering the other bezels in Saran Wrap or "Press and Seal" keeps the putty from bonding everything. I used the Por-15 putty around the Acer bezel and inside the hole for the LCD with the LCD bezel in place.
    That way I can make it to fix ion the right position. After sanding in flat I'll bond the Acer bezel and the car's as one piece. Then I'll use some kind of bracket to attach the HOLE LCD assembly into place. That's easy in case of having to replace the screen someday.

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    On another subject, I was working on the amplifier connection to the computer.
    I hooked up my HP Laptop to the Metra harness with the four RCA inputs (Low signal FL-FR-RL-RR) and it sounds pretty loader than the MacBook I used before. That makes it really easy to work with the Mach 460 Sound System. Everybody was telling my how complicated it was to work with it. But it works perfectly this way :-)

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    I'm looking for a place for the computer yet. I can't find any place but the side of the trunk so far. I want easy access to it just in case... We know how PC's and Micro$oft get along, right?...

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    Talking about that: Software.... Still trying to have something to run smoothly. I'm playing wir StreetDeck Trial and my MS MapPoint 2k6. I'm using a Stripped version of XP Pro that I've made with nLite. So far the best platform I've found. I'm looking at Windows Embedded too, maybe there's a way to go there too.

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    That's all for now. We'll see what else next week.
    Mustang 2000 GT Silver
    LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
    Slot DVD-RW

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    More pics of the bezel ...

    Just a few more pictures of the bezel. The last ones are with the primer applied.
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    I've been kicking around doing a car PC but it seems the bezel thing is a giant pain in the ***.
    Where did you get this?


    Do you know of any aftermarket 99-04 mustang bezels?
    2003 10th Anniversary Mustang Cobra
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    Bezel

    I took the original bezel and sawed it off to get that.
    I've relocated the A/C controls to make the space for the screen. Note that the A/C vents on the upper part will not allow a full depth double din unit to fit. Since I'm using a 7" LCD it's ok.
    You can adapt the older (99-01) bezel like mine to your 2003 if you like. I've never heard of any aftermarket ones. I'll post more next week. I want to finish the car before Christmas if possible.

    Godd luck with the install.
    Mustang 2000 GT Silver
    LCD: 7' Xenarc TS
    Slot DVD-RW

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    More pics...

    I have the bezel almost ready. I've made a hole for the dvd unit on a friend's machine shop with a CNC Milling Marchine: A $500,000 machine dedicated for 1 hour on such a silly hole, what a waste... :-) They sold the Manual Bridgeport that I've been using for my small projects, because nobody at the shop needed it anymore. I'm planning on buying my own (From Harbor Freight and make it CNC).
    Back to the car, I'm running the cables now, repairing some RUST on the right quarter panel and replacing the rubber molding on the rear windshield.

    I'll post more soon.

    Merry Christmas.
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    looks great ... keep up the good work!
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    lookin good man. dont stop till your done

    i'm going to be using the same harness for mine. I dont really need it so far so i havent picked mine up yet. Metra said this one would work best.

    what are you using off that other grey plug for the headunit?

    what PC are you going to use?
    95 Mustang 5.0
    Custom Case, VIA m10000, 512 MB, 80gig, M2-ATX, Slot Load DVD, 7" LCD Touchscreen

    80% done

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