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    2004 Mustang Carputer - Worklog

    Ok... I've been debating the installation of a carputer for a while now. Since I've purchased an 8" screen, a mini-ITX mobo, ram, etc... I guess I'm past the point of no return.

    First off, just by browsing around here, I'm pretty sure that installing an 8" monitor in a 99-04 mustang is kind of a rare install. In fact, I didn't even see any in my searches.

    I originally wanted to go with a 7" but the deal on the 8" was just too good to pass up. As a result, I've been beating my head against the wall in regards to where exactly I'm going to put this.

    I think I've decided to delete my middle AC vents and move the AC controls to that area. I'll then open up the old AC control area with the din and a half radio area.

    I have yet to start cutting on my bezel (and I'm very nervous as I've not used fiberglass to any extent before).

    Here is a photoshopped image I've put together to give you (and myself) a visual representation of how it will be layed out. Hopefully after fiberglass and painting, it will flow a little better than it does in the image.

    That should give me enough room for the screen. I'm also going to leave my stereo installed (Alpine aftermarket single din).

    There are various reasons that I wanted to leave my stereo in, but needless to say it is going to complicate my install just a bit.

    The monitor is going to reside a little bit in front of my stereo. Because of this, I am going to remove the faceplate, solder some extension wires and move the faceplate down to the empty area that I will have under the monitor. This may be a slow moving project as I work a lot of hours.
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    I don't know why my signature didn't display in the above post, but my specs reside down there.
    Touchscreen: SHK840
    Motherboard: Intel D201GLY (mini itx)
    CPU: 1.33 GHz Celeron
    Ram: 1 GB Kingston DDR2 533
    Case: Custom

    * My Worklog *

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    looks like a nice plan. I think i'd miss my vents.
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    I'm doing the same but with a 7" LCD. I've found a product called "Por-15 Epoxy Putty" wich I'm using to modify the bezel. I thinking that's better and cleaner than fiberglass.
    It's really easy to sand and it seems very strong.
    Take a look at my worklog if you like.
    Good luck on your project.

    Mustang 2000 GT 7" Xenarc CarPuter

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    Quote Originally Posted by sporty_drew View Post
    looks like a nice plan. I think i'd miss my vents.
    Thanks... I haven't relocated the AC controls yet and I'm really debating whether to lose my center vents or just put my screen from the top of my radio hole all the way down to the bottom (and relocating my traction / defrost / fog light buttons).
    Touchscreen: SHK840
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxq668 View Post
    I'm doing the same but with a 7" LCD. I've found a product called "Por-15 Epoxy Putty" wich I'm using to modify the bezel. I thinking that's better and cleaner than fiberglass.
    It's really easy to sand and it seems very strong.
    Take a look at my worklog if you like.
    Good luck on your project.

    Mustang 2000 GT 7" Xenarc CarPuter
    Hey, your bezel is looking good so far. I've thought about purchasing the older "separate din" bezel on ebay as I think it would give me more options. Mine is the din and a half style.

    I'm going to continue watching your project and may go with the Por-15 if it works well for you. Where did you get that stuff?
    Touchscreen: SHK840
    Motherboard: Intel D201GLY (mini itx)
    CPU: 1.33 GHz Celeron
    Ram: 1 GB Kingston DDR2 533
    Case: Custom

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    A/C Vents

    I shouldn't take them off.... but I live in Florida, jeje. (I need more vents actually, LOL) Too hot in summer...
    I thought in moving them on top of the dash or something like that, but I've discarded the idea because it wasn't going to look OEM at all.
    So I went with removing my ol' good stereo :-(

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    This thread is no longer valid. My new worklog is located here:

    2007 Ford F150 Truckputer
    Touchscreen: SHK840
    Motherboard: Intel D201GLY (mini itx)
    CPU: 1.33 GHz Celeron
    Ram: 1 GB Kingston DDR2 533
    Case: Custom

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