2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee + PC
So I First looked into Car PCs like 3 months ago, and I just saw this site like 1 month ago. and since I am getting back some major cash for tax return, I decided to start.
(Will post pictures as soon as I can find the cord for my camera to my PC.)
Since my tax return hasnt come back yet, all I have done is take out my dash components and take a look behind them. I figure the screen is going to go where the HU goes plus i might have to knock out the two middle air vents. maybe a 7 inch screen would not have to knock them out, but interestingly enough i think that i can get a 10.2 incher in there if i do take out the air vents. maybe that will be an upgrade for later.
The next thing I did was to take out the center console and see if i could fit a Puter down there. I noticed that The rear cupholders were easily (read: get a star bit) removed. Once i got them out, it seemed as though there was plenty of room, even underneath the "armrest bucket" for a goot mini-itx case. (plus i think that somebody died in my jeep, there was dried up blood under the center console when i took it out.)
The next thing to do was to decide how i wanted to get soud out of my carpc. A quick look at http://www.wjjeeps.com showed me the wiring diagram of my factory 10 disc changer. I took it out and shredded the ground left output and right output. I cut up an old PC speaker set that i had that had a 10 ft cord on it and took out the ground, left and right output and wrapped it around the corresponding wires. I then switched to CD changer and plugged in the jack to an ipod and pressed play. I heard two songs playing from the cd player so i knew that i had got the right wires. i clipped them from the CD changer and routed the wire up toward the center console and viola! an instant AUX in to my factory radio.
In order for the Aux in to work however, my defunct CD changer would have to be reading a CD for it to work. (it only reads 1/7 discs that i put into it.)
After much deliberation, i decided that the way i am going to go, as soon as i get my mutha effin tax check, is to take out the head unit alltogether so that i can use the steering wheel buttons to control everything. because if i left the HU in i would have to sacrifice the buttons to control the HU. so i would say that i am 99% done with planning, however i know that i will have overseen something that i am going to miss.
BTW, i am planning on getting the Complete car computer package number 2, some sort of GPS reciever and i seen a cord at Tune Town or something that will connect any regular RCA jacks to my factory infinity amp in. so i am probobally going to go with that.
the only thing i am not so sure about is the fabrication of the screen bezel. never done any sort of fabrication before.