2005 Ford F150 MAGNUS Truckputer - project and pics
2005 F150 Lariat Truckputer
This project has undergone multiple iterations over the last year or so. I have been researching all of this for about 2 years, but only recently got the budget approval from my finance department (wife).
All of this was eventually built and working in the home office. After tweaking the software, I had XP booting directly to RR in under 20 seconds, and overall it was a fairly stable system. I had a lot of input from various members, and I was able to borrow strongly from BLK02SI's mustang project, since out dash's are very similar in setup.
Thanks to everyone who has helped on this project. Being a novice, it is a pleasure learning from people that make me feel retarded. :)
After a move, I had to change my design a bit, and ended up going with a X60 IBM laptop. It uses a bit more juice that I would have liked, but I can't beat the size, and the all-rear ports on the dock. This means it will have a clean look when installed, and won't have as much to snag on the interior of my truck.
The new setup called for a general overhaul of everything except the screen. I ended up using the bezel as a mount point for a lot of my electronics, as it was now a steel cubby capable of holding quite a bit.
Thus far, the new specs are as follows:
custom bezel ($70)
702 TSV screen ($500)
HD Radio (Visteon) ($50)
custom input cable from Mitch ($20)
x60 laptop with dock built into the dash ($350)
custom tray build into the dash for vibration resistance ($15)
hinged dash cover for ease of access to the laptop ($5)
5.1 Amp ($250)
5.1 external soundcard ($50)
12v adapter with dual out of 110v and 5v ($30)
7 port usb hub ($20)
BU 353 USB GPS receiver ($30)
iGuidance 4.0 ($100)
Xbox 360 wireless adapter, with 2 remotes ($80)
Logitech Dinovo Mini wireless keyboard/mouse ($120)
Master toggle switch for 12v power ($10)
temp on switch with phone cable power mod ($3)
Amp wiring kit ($40)
Speaker cable ($20)
Small 8" sub - (needed)
lot of wire, tape, and tie downs
Keep in mind that all of this is a constant work in progress. Cutting into a vehicle means there is always something to improve, so I keep learning and striving to make this a better system. So far, I have spent enough to have put in a SYNC system and wouldn't have to worry about the rest, but the knowledge that I have gained from this project is worth a lot more than that.
Added a 12" mag light mount to the drivers seat. 2 hour pain in the *** but it's as sturdy as a rock. Pics are up.
12-27-08 - P4
Latest update is that I have all of the power issues figured out. Everything is up and running.
6/13/10 - Updating post from Afghanistan... found out that while I'm deployed, my wife headed downstairs today to find Magnus jimmied and everything car-PC related ripped out. UGH! Let me know if there are any Dallas peeps that can help a vet out.