Thanks :) Thats pretty much how I am taking it, one step at a time. Probably be a bit slow over the winter but lots of work to get done over time. It's certainly something to keep me busy.
Originally Posted by OopsiDrptMyF150
Thank you :) I am using Road Runner, with a bunch of skins but mainly sticking to DigitalFX4.0 There are a few parts of it that don't work how I would like but I could use some software updates and it seems to work the best of all that I have tried.
Originally Posted by mhsshark
One of these days I may attempt my own but I doubt it.
I guess my only update since this thread would be that everything is still running good lol. Hard drive seems to be cranky on colder mornings (around 30°F) Hit the power on button for a about a minute and then it will fire up though, just takes a bunch of tries. Screen is still doing good for the el cheapo deal. I think my back up camera might be dead though. I went to hook it up the other day and gave it power, ground and hooked up the video RCA and got nothing. Even flipping sources manually on the screen showed nothing. The camera was dirt cheap though so I dunno. I will try some other things before I scrap it but for now its on hold.
is that RoadRunner DigitalFX4.0 in this Pic ?
I am trying for the life of me to remember. Hunting around for it now on the desktop, if I can't find it I will check in the truck. Its certainly one of my more favorite skins, I would put it right up there at #2 behind DigitalFX4.0
Had to check in the truck, but the name of the skin is Media Center2.0 can be gotten here, http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/rr-s...c2-0-skin.html
thank u ... that was very helpful :)
i think am going with the MC2.0 for my Yukon ;)
Glad I could be of assistance. Sounds good, make sure to post up some pics of the work and final product. :)
Originally Posted by mhsshark
well it sure has been a long time since I have updated this. I doubt it will ever be 100% complete but for the time being it is finished as most all of the loose ends install wise have been completed.
For the past 8 or so months the computer has run absolutely problem free. The biggest thing I could call a problem would be taking a bit long to start up in 0° weather. Still kinda shocked my 7+ year old Maxtor 120GB hard drive has worked fine with the temperature fluctuations as well as the relatively harsh ride of my 1-ton truck.
Ok, well onto some pictures. I have finally gotten the ugly hole in the dash patched up nicely. I extended the front panel switches to the dash with a cat 5 cable (got the idea from this site, such a great resource) Put the switches and a small 4 port USB hub into a fiberglass filler panel and at least now things look presentable.
Making the mold
No construction pics, but here is the panel before attaching it to the dash. I used some bondo, and then finished with SEM texture spray and simple Krylon flat black spray paint
and the finally completed dash
I am sure at some point I will figure out a solution to this problem, but I am using the standard case switches instead of the startup/shutdown controller built into my PSU mainly for winter time. With the glow plug system of my diesel I turn the key to on and then wait approximately 5-40seconds (depending on ambient temperature and the temperature of the motor) When I put the key to on the HU and all normal items come on, but when I got to crank most everything shuts down to give as much juice as possible to the truck, so to avoid the power getting abruptly cut from the PC while it is in mid boot up I manually start it after the motor is running.
The biggest thing I have been working on has been a subwoofer enclosure to go in the center console. I picked up a console from a 08+ Super Duty and gutted the internal parts of it then made a new floor for the storage comparment and made the rest as a subwoofer enclosure.
Here is the frame with the sub sitting in it before I wrapped it to start fiberglassing.
Here is the finished box sitting next to the temporary 1ft^3 box it will be replacing. The fiberglass box only weighs 4 lbs less so should be pretty good. http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m...l/DSC02667.jpg
Here it is sitting in the truck. I used some SEM paint to color match the panels to my truck since it was originally a tan color.
Ultimately very pleased with this, my first ever fiberglass subwoofer enclosure and I think it came out quite good. I was worried about mass and the enclosure sounding very hollow, but I mixed in some lead with the resin and added a good 5-7lbs with a single layer. The entire console went from being maybe 10lbs before to being just over 78lbs now with the subwoofer loaded into it.
I have been re-reading your build and looking at your dash with the 10" monitor. I really would like to go to a 10" monitor at some point after the rest of my build is done.
Originally Posted by jdc753
What do you think it would look like if the monitor was moved over closer to the steering column and the 4x4 switch and the vent above it were moved elsewhere?
I'm wondering if my heater contols would then fit to the right of the screen down low where the power port is right now.
I'm just looking to get the monitor closer to me to reach for the touch screen. I have the seat all the way back & powered to the top most of the time so it's a long reach!!
BTW- to those thinking I randomly pulled an old thread up, jdc and I have had discussion recently on my build log,(we have the same trucks) so no jokes about pulling old threads , OK? :)
OK, curiosity got the best of me so I hope you don't mind; I moved everything around on your dash to give me some ideas. :lol:
I don't have the cubby hole to work with for the heater controls, I have the tow command package there so that makes me think about keeping the heater controls up on the bezel. The space where I put the heater controls in the pic could be used for a DVD drive or a head unit though.
I actually have my seat in the same position as you, all the way back and all the way up and I have yet to really have much trouble reaching for the screen, it is a slight bit of a reach but I don't find it bad (honestly have never thought of it) and for reference I am 5'11" tall. Sometimes I do wish I had some sort of a remote either wireless or wired that I could have on the center console but that might happen further on down the road.
Originally Posted by PhilG
Sadly I don't think when moving the screen that you would gain the necessary height to mount the heater controls below the screen. It might be close, but upper right corner will dictate the height and I think it might be about 1/2" to maybe 3/4" increase in height by sliding the screen over to the left. My thought would be to mount the heater controls in place of the slide out cup holders, or you could maybe build a little cubby sort of like I have below your brake controller and mount the heater controls there.
I dug up some old construction pics from the back side that might help you out. I know you got pretty much the same dash so your probably quite familiar with how it looks, but maybe these will better help you
here is the dash unmolested before I started making room for the screen.
I had to trim a few pieces behind the scenes to make the screen fit, as well as do a few other small mods, its certainly a tight fit,
Here is after the carnage, I ended up using some fiberglass resin to flatten out the curve of the dash so it would mate cleanly with the flat lcd panel. I think it MIGHT be possible to flush in the factory outer bezel for the screen but it would be quite tight.
I can't seem to have any other overal completed pics with the vents and everything installed. I believe I had to clip off the inner mounts for the vents, they still have a single screw holding them and haven't given me a single issue with removing the dash at least 20 times since the screen was mounted.
Hope this helps ya out, I might have some more pics on my other computer, or I could pull the dash again and get you some more if you would like.
Very nice installation!!!!!!!!!
Would love to see some pics of the finished console and sub enclosure installed in the truck....