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Sunday April 26th:
Well crap. I typed up a nice work log in here. I made a typo, hit the backspace key and LOST it all. I was not happy. Sigh, so here it is, retyped. :(
So this afternoon I got out in the car, and started pulling apart the center console. I wanted to see how much room was behind the console and whether or not a slot load DVD drive would fit without issue.
When I opened it up I found there was quite a bit more room than I originally imagined. So I set the Thin Client in there and replaced the plastic. It wouldn't fit all the way back so I looked closer and found that the ash tray and cig lighter were preventing it from sitting back all the way.
It was here I realized I either commit to the Thin Client in this location and cut the plastic ash tray support and cig lighter support out or I look for a different location. Cutting the plastic meant accepting the fact that if this doesn't fully fit here I might have to live with no cig lighter or ash tray. I don't use either very often, so let the cutting begin.
I had a wire cutter handy and attempted to make the first cut. I didn't fully realize just how strong this plastic was, and ended up neither cutting the plastic nor keeping the tool.
You can see, in the unfocused area with the white stress mark, that I didn't make any progress with this attempt.
So I went inside and got the proper tool, a razor blade. I spent about an hour cutting, sweating, and got the ash tray support and cig lighter support removed.
While it doesn't look pretty, it won't be facing the passengers.
The Thin Client sits perfectly in place. I'm going to glue the ash tray cover in place, and fabricate a single USB port where the cig lighter is. I don't think I could fit two, I might try and do some small cutting to get two ports in there. The other option would be to put a nice kill switch in that location. Either way I'll have to fabricate some sort of cover around it to make it look pretty as well. I might have to get my hands dirty with some fiberglass work.
I'm pretty confident that it will have plenty of air circulation due to the climate controls being so short.
However, I might fabricate some fans into the side of the console to pull air over the area that the Thin Client will sit. I'd put filters and fan guards on 'em to keep it protected as much as possible, but we'll see.
Overall I am happy with where the Thin Client is. It is secure, it's hidden, and close to the controls. I won't have to run too long of wire overall.
I've got my wiring plans pretty close to complete. I am more a visual kinda guy so here's what I'm planning.
I'm still not solid on it, and waiting for some additional feedback on the final idea. However I'm pretty confident that I can do the wiring myself. I'd still like to find a factory hole that I can fit the wire through, but I haven't found one. I'm going to have to do some more looking this week.
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