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    1985 Audi Coupe Quattro Mac Mini Worklog

    Hello all, this will be my worklog as i progress and learn as its my first instal ever.

    The car: 1985 Audi Coupe Quattro with a engineswap from a 136 BHP to a 20v 170 BHP (Enginecode 7A) i bought 3-4 years ago and renovating atm.
    It has custom made leather interior but otherwice stock. My goal is to make the instal as OEM as i can and i did a quick photoshop of the thought 7" monitor, the pict is taken from some site i found on google as my car was in bits and pieces (and still is)


    My setup will consist of:
    Mac Mini 1,83 GHz with 1 gig RAM
    Lilliput 629GL-70NP (7" LED) the new version
    Black Griffin Powermate
    7 port USB hub
    Carnetix CNX-P2140 185W powersupply (i hear this one is a winner)
    Headunit - Not decided what kind yet
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    Bluetooth keyboard - (i will have to read more up on if this can be useable in my setup or not first though due to boot etc)
    GPS
    CCD backingcamera - (this car gives deadzones a new meaning)
    ODB2 - Not sure if i will bother with this as im not sure if my engine can use OBD for anything usefull yet, Time will tell.

    So the rough setup will look more or less like this:



    For me to place the monitor there i will need to figure out a way/location to move the heatcontrollers, but from the measure the monitor will fit snug in there. The question is if i will make it flush to the front or have it sit a bit inside to shed it from direct light I will atleast have a go at making some bezel.
    As for the Mac Mini itself and usb hub etc that will all have room behind the monitor, i however will need to figure out something smart for the cd/dvd slot.

    Here are some more picts of the car, as i guess we all like that







    Thats all for now, i will update this as i go with more info / picts, hopefully soon

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    Love the car, and insanely jealous of the engine you have under the bonnet! If you need any help, let me know

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    Thanks
    Just browsed your thread about your install and i see you relocated the heater controls up in the air vent. I thought about using the same spot but im kinda drifting towards two other options latly..
    1. relocate and fabricate a smaller control that will sit on the left side of the center console a little up hidden.... or
    2. do a complete dashboardswap from a typ 89 and get a newer interior and the bonus that its has a wider centerconsole (looks better but needs alot more modding)

    Option number 2 is what i want to do most and here you see clearly why: (this is a typ 85)



    For this dash the steering column needs to be from a typ 89 aswell to make it fit snug i have been told. The dash itself need to be cut 10-12 cm in depth to line up the center console so the shifter gets dead on, thats been done on the pics over and then sealed with a rubber "seal" to cover up the cut and get that OEM look :P

    As i have a newer engine anyway the speedo will be plug and play but the heater is another "problem" as typ 89 has another design as seen on theese picts:


    You see that this heater spands to the right up behind the dash as to the orginal that goes straight up. If im doing the swap i will want to use the new heater controller aswell and im not sure if im able to use the old wires to the new controller as seen here:

    (i will find out soon enough though, but i think it might work).
    As for the piping thats not a problem to refabricate using plastic plummingpipe and heat to bend a correct route. The next problem is the handbrake, that might also need to be changed out as the new type is slightly offset to fit the new casing.

    So lots of plans really, but if im gonna do this i want to do it right

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    Very ambitious! I didn't know the typ 89 dashboard fit inside a typ 81/85 - for some reason I thought it would be a little bit too wide. But yes, it allows a much larger space for a screen - you could even fit a 10.4" in there portrait-style!

    Fabricating a smaller control won't work, I think; it needs to be as big as it is to pull the cables as much as it does (lever principle)

    I think whichever heater system you choose, to fit the screen will mean having to remove the plastic air pipes that lead to the centre vents - for my car that was what made the decision to move the air controls to the top as well. The cables clip and unclip easily so there was no loss of control, and I just needed to cap the cold air ports on the side of the heater.

    Incidentally, I think my car was stolen in its previous life; the registration says 1982 (so typ 81) but the ID plate on the A pillar has been removed and it has a Typ 85 interior, so either it's had a lot of cosmetic upgrading, or it's been "rung" (identity swap!)

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    I also thought the newer dash was wider, but gladly it was not. However the doors have a slight angle towards the dash as seen on the pict below, thus a small "space" will be there. When i find a suitable donorcar i will experiment on the doorcovers and see if i can modify them to fit my older doors.

    Here you see the doorcover curves out and into the dash:


    I went to the junkyard today and found a typ 89 that had seen better days... Anyway i bought the heatercontroller and the upper wentframe for a small fee (the interior was beige so that stayed put ). By the look of it using the existing heater will work with some minor adjustments so thats neat

    The mid airwent will need to go for the monitor installation, ill either do as you and seal off the airpipes or simply reroute them down to the feet to get some extra "juice" there (i have super cold feet ).

    One slightly bigger concern is the differential lockswitch i have, i hope i can fit it in the same place (where the gauges are) without too much fooling around as it does not have alot to go on as for modding its size and they are getting kinda rare to replace hehe.

    So thats it for now, im at the moment in search of a donorcar with mint dash so i can get started asap

    Incidentally, I think my car was stolen in its previous life; the registration says 1982 (so typ 81) but the ID plate on the A pillar has been removed and it has a Typ 85 interior, so either it's had a lot of cosmetic upgrading, or it's been "rung" (identity swap!)
    Looking over your picts again, its a little hard to see what interiour is, but it looks like a mix: You have the typ 85 console and dash but with the typ 81 speedobox (make note of what switches you have) typ 85 has some twist-switches for the carlights and a little diffrent design on the other buttons.

    Typ 81:


    Typ 85:


    If you have typ 85, goodie for you though the identity swap thing sounds a bit spooky

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