Well I have been a member of this site for a while and have been reading for years. I have finally got to the point where I can install a carputer. I really didn't want to install it in my old crappy car and I never got around to doing it in my explorer. Since I got married and traded my explorer for a new Camry Hybrid for my wife I got her Ranger so it will be my project. I have been wanting to do a lot to this truck.
First off I plan on doing a lot of the mods that tbird2340 did to his 03 ranger. Here is is truck. I'm going to start with the explorer console mod, but first I'm using a console from a 02 explorer the one he used was looks a little different I will get pics of mine up soon. Then I am installing a mini fridge in the console. I have already got the mini fridge and torn it apart to see how I can rework it in there. This will be one of the first fridges I've seen added to a car here. If someone has one and I missed it sorry I'm not saying I'm the first to do it.
Second I will be doing the overhead console mod to give me temp and compass. Also going to change out the light in it for a LED. I will also be adding a keypad entry system but I think I will be getting the stick on wireless one.
The Last mod I have on my list for now is the EATC (Electronic Automatic Temperature Control). It looks like the longest and the hardest so I'm saving it for last.
For my computer I will be using my old HP laptop. Its a Pentium 4 3.00 GHz with 1.12 GB of ram right now. It has a 100 gb hard drive, wifi, using the media cable i use to power it. It also has usb in and RCA out. This was I will only have to unplug 2 wire to remove the laptop from the car. The VGA for the monitor and the media cable that has everything else on it.
If I can figure out how to cool it right the laptop will slip down into the pocket on the back passenger seat. I have to come up with a way to keep the pocket from laying on the fan ports. I already have a GPS device I used when I used to just sit my laptop on the seat I even made a mount for my explorer and had it in there for a while. My first buy purchase is going to by my touch screen it will be mounted on the new console. I'll get some photos up of where soon. My problem is I can't decided on a touch screen yet. I'm also going to get a HD TV receiver,FM radio, and xm radio.
At first my budget is $400 for the first stuff then about $200 a month. So I"m sure it will take me some time to get it all done. Once I get the computer in the car and screen set up I can add the radios and tv stuff later. Also I"m going to use my Boost Mobile phone for internet i know its slow but its cheap.
So if you have anything to say about my build let me know. I'm always looking for ideas.