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    I have been getting a little more work done today.


    The glue I was trying to use wasn't working so I switched to epoxy to build my frame.


    Hopefully I don't mess the frame up with the epoxy. I am really close to the slide here.


    Trying to get the wire for the visor up through the visor mounting hole. Wound up using a piece of the rope with some fishing weights and carefully routing the rope up through the mounting hole and the wire management hole.


    Had to tie the rope to the wire and then use tape to make sure I could get the wire up. Took a little work but I was able to get the wire routed. I think when I go to do the drivers side I will just go up and through the headboard and bypass this wire hole, especially since the drivers side already has a large number of wires in it.


    See I did get the wire coming through.


    Just showing the wire following the column and going into the dash.



    Putting back the molding.


    And remounting the helper handle.


    And the helper handle for the back passenger side.


    Getting ready to do the kick plate molding panel.


    Have the kick plate in just have to tighten the long screw in the corner of the picture. Most of the other cars I have removed the floor piece on had short screws, just annoying.


    And finally the screw is tightened down.

    At least I now have the passenger side wiring ran for the visor. I still have the drivers side to do and also to figure out where I am going to terminate the wiring for the visors and everything else. As I was down on the floor I realized where I was originally thinking wouldn't work.
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    Lets call this what not to do.

    I got a decent amount done today. I finished running the wires for the visors to the visors on both sides. I still don't know where I am going to actually end them. Maybe I will build a center console extension.


    Working on actually mounting the LCD.


    Providing some additional mounting security by running some wire through a screw hole I am not using and wrapping it around the post.


    Doesn't look so bad.


    Providing an additional mounting security in the upper left hand corner of the picture. It is wire through a screw hole again and wrapped around the plastic bar.


    The location for the buttons but it is a little low.


    The location for the controller board and all wired up.


    Making sure I have the orientation right for the buttons. Also showing the mounting of the button panel.


    Cut out the area for the buttons. Going to use it to secure the buttons and provide a backplate.


    Added some more vent slits to the original back and increased the size of the original vents. I forgot to take a picture but this is mounted on the backside of visor to help protect the electronics.


    The outer cover with fabric reapplied and also showing the holes cut for the venting and some of the reshaping around the LCD.


    And here is where I realized I made a bad measurement. I didn't put enough space at the bottom to close it up. I will have to revisit my design for the drivers side and then come back and redo the passenger side.


    Until I get around to redoing this just using some fabric to tie it together.


    Mounted in the car. For some reasong ghetto keeps coming to mind.


    Since it looks ghetto anyways and I need to redo it I went ahead and just wrote in the button labels. But I think when I redo it this will look good. Hey maybe the fabric ties just add some flair.

    Tomorrow I will start working on getting the drivers side LCD installed in that visor. Hopefully I will get the outer cover to look better and be able to actually close it like I wanted.
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    Some more progress yesterday. I recieved my ODII ElmScan5 reader.


    I also got the drivers side visor pulled apart and the LCD installed I still need to do the fabric portion.


    A few minor modifications to my layout since the cords are short and the controller board gets into a different orientation. Here is where I am planning to put the button panel.


    And here is how I actually wound up putting the button panel. A very small difference but decided to use a little more of the original plastic to make it easier to do the fabric.


    Showing the different orientation of the controller board.


    And a picture I forgot to take for the passenger side visor but reusing the backside of the LCD monitor to help protect the electronics.

    In the evening I recieved my replacement headrests.
    So I went ahead and installed them. It was pretty easy remove the old headrest.



    Old headrest removed.


    Adjust the new headrest posts to match the holes. Place the wires down the hole and pull through.


    And then push the headrest down. I still have to do the wiring but at least I got this part done.


    And what is behind the cover. It is a 7" LCD, there is a DVD player built in behind it. Unfortunately they are not VGA but they are sufficient for their intended use.

    And that is as far as I got yesterday since I had to go rollerskating during the day and then go ice skating in the night.
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    Didn't get as far as I wanted to today. I tried taking my time on the fabric for the drivers side visor because I didn't want to have to redo it in the future.

    I was busy and didn't take any pictures of the work on the drivers side visor but it is basically the same as the passenger side I already posted.


    The side I will mostly see. This side looks good I will probably just go and make a frame wrapped with the same fabric to place around the LCD to cover the gaps and the black plastic.


    You can't tell to easily but this is the bottom of the visor. I did not mess up like I did on the passenger side and have the gap. It could be better but I think it is a pretty good try.


    And a view from the top just to show I wasn not posting a picture of the top and saying it was the bottom.

    I also got some wires routed in the truck today. Didn't take any picture of that, but they are going to the center console.
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    Well I got a call from my parents last night. Apparently I forgot to check the shipping address for when I ordered the A/V switch and sent it to their house. The last time I ordered something through Amazon I had it sent to my parents house because it was christmas presents. I verified the billing address but I guess I missed the shipment address. Guess I will just have to wait a couple of weeks to install that since I will be going there anyways.

    I am working today so I don't expect to get to much done on the wiring. Still waiting on the RevoSys computer. Maybe I will work on doing the power supply modification for an original XBox I plan to put in there since I have most of the parts for that. Kinda in a waiting game again.

    I still have to redo or fix the passenger side visor to make it look better.

    So at the moment my list looks like this:
    1.) Install headrest monitors - Done just need to finish wiring
    2.) Modify OEM visors to hold the LCD monitors. - Done but passenger side visor needs fabric redone. and still need to finish the wiring.
    3.) Install RevoSys computer in dash - On Order
    4.) Install Clarion MSS430 A/V Switch - Shipped to wrong address will be delayed 2 weeks.
    5.) Modify Original XBox power supply to be straight DC-DC - Some parts have arrived
    6.) Install overhead LCD monitors for third row of seats - Still in planning would like it done by the end of July.
    7.) Install Rear view camera - On Order
    8.) Install front and rear parking sensors - On Order
    9.) I am sure I am forgetting something
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    Ok since I worked today I didn't get much done. I came home on my lunch break and ran a wire from the center console under the car and to the battery.

    By the time I came back home I decided I didn't want to run the wire below the car so I pulled it out. So in all today I wound up doing a net zero work on the car.

    Hopefully I can get the wires routed how I want tomorrow and also get some packages.
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    Just doing some thinking and planning right now. I have been wanting to get two screens setup for the third row of seats. Before I actually got the vehicle I had thought about doing two overhead screens that drop down and still keep playing with the idea.

    The thought that just went through my head and I am tempted to try it is to replace the second row headrests with headrests that have built in monitors. The caveat to this is the second row of seats folds flat and to do that you remove the headrests and I want to keep this functionality.

    (Picture taken before I started working on the vehicle.)
    So what I was thinking is since I have these nice headrests that started out for the Driver and passenger's seat I could do the headrest monitor modification and have a small length of cord on the outside which plugs into a connector I will place on top of the second row of seats. That way when I went to fold the seats flat I simply unplug the headrest and can then fold the seats flat as normal.

    I know this all seems fine in my head but does anyone see any possible problems with it besides my bad fabrication skills?
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    Figured I should post some updated pictures.


    How the interior looks from the back window with the visors up and headrest monitor covers closed.


    Same as previous picture but with the visors down and the covers opened.


    A closer view of the drivers side headrest and visor.


    And now the passenger side. I really need to fix the passenger side visor to look better.


    The wiring coming out of the floor in the center console. I decided I would try to do the majority of the power in the center console. I also will be doing the video portion here.


    Where I will be wiring the hot side. I had this left over from my Tercel install and just never used it. It is just a radio shack project box with a small fuse panel epoxied into it. It has holes on the side to run the wires into it. It even has a cover I can put on it.


    Showing another picture of the box. The front of the center console is just passed the top of this image and the metal bar which can be seen two pictures up is just below the bottom of the picture.

    I should be getting the ground setup today/tonight, I hope. It is a busy day.

    And my hopes for installing the Revosys X300 prior to my trip next week have kinda been dashed as according to the website my order has not even been shipped yet. It has been 12 days and the order has not been shipped that is just messed up. Not even any emails letting me know they are working on my order. I guess I will have to go with alternate plan B and just use my laptop again. I will have to find my nav software and get it installed along with pulling my GPS mouse out of the tercel to use. So disappointing.
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    Got a very little bit done on my lunch break today.


    Got the ground screw hole drilled and sanded.


    And got the ground screw into place. On the underside which I have not taken a picture of yet I have a lock washer, a regular washer and then a spring tensioner washer.

    I will probably do a little more work to this and get it welded to the floor. My plan is to just attach any ground wires to the screw using the little circular connector things and tighten down another nut. Pretty simple but should work fine.
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    Looking good so far. I'm installing in my Tercel. My worklog is in my sig.
    I have bad luck with vehicles...

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