2001 Ford Escort ZX2 - First Install
Thursday, 8 May 2008
I've been lurking around the mp3car.com boards for months, planning my carpc project. I recently decided to keep my little ZX2 for the rest of my school career, which is looking to be around 7 years. Can't beat 30 mpg on a budget!
My up to date materials spreadsheet is at http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...V4NrCe_3BVvMaw
Currently the materials I've purchased are:
X ZX2 Stereo plate SCOSCHE FD136010B http://www.millionbuy.com/scofd136010b.html $48
X HD Radio Tuner HDZ300 http://www.google.com/products?q=hdz...ucts&scoring=p $35
HD interface cable http://www.rush2112.net/ $25
4 Channel Amp Alpine MRP-F250 http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAu...roductID=16413 $130
X Power Supply DSATX http://store.mp3car.com/Mp3Car_DSATX_p/pwr-023.htm $160
X Processor Core 2 Duo E4500 http://www.pricewatch.com/microproce..._duo_e4500.htm $109
X Motherboard Foxconn LGA 775 Intel 945GC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186137 $60
X Case APEX DM-387 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154087 $60
X Monitor Lilliput 629GL-70NP http://www.case-mod.com/lilliput-629...or-p-1626.html $299
X DVD Drive Panasonic Slot Load CW-8124 DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive 24x24x24 - USED https://store.mp3car.com/ProductDeta...ctCode=OPT-006 $20
I've already installed the HD-Radio add-on to make sure it works - it sounds fantastic!
I've ordered the touch-screen from the mp3car store - it will arrive in about a week. When it does, I'll modify the after market stereo panel shown below to fit the 7" touchscreen. I plan on moving the climate controls down below to an unused cubby hole at the bottom of the console.
I've also started modifying the case I've purchased (pic below). I've drilled out the rivets and it came apart really nicely. Now I need to cut it to fit my foxconn motherboard (about 12"x12"x4") and I can rivet it back together.
I will post more pictures when I have a chance. This Saturday I'll work on the case and placing it. I might have to take out the passenger seat to get a good mount for it.