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    I will say that installing a CarPC should be a snap. I actually love older interiors because they didn't get complicated with the designs. Same thing with some trucks and SUVs. My interior is medium complication and Dodge used those cr@ppy 1.5 openings for the head unit. Yours though just screams easy. Cant wait to see how this goes.

    As far as your Impala goes, I'm so sorry, especially if it was the older versions. I hate driving with old people that know they shouldn't be driving. Thankfully because I drive a big SUV, they think twice before trying things they know they shouldn't be trying. You'll notice that now that you drive a truck, people will drive much more respectable around you.
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    I have found that people are more aware of me now. I am sure it is because I drive full size truck now, but it has to be at least in part due that I do not have mufflers . I have also noticed that I've slown down a good bit. I my impala I would average 15-30 mph over the speed limit, and the tickets showed it. In my truck I am averaging -5 to 15 mph under/over the speed limit. I like it when I race somone off the light now. They turn their heads, because the exhaust screams at them.

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    Hey coastaldamage,
    I finished my truck-puter install on my '05 Silverado last summer but haven't had time to do a write up/organize all of my pictures. I custom molded a 7" Lilliput into the dash. Are you looking at a pre-built computer to drop into the radio opening or are you looking at custom molding a screen into place? Here are two pictures I found of my current screen setup. Let me know if you have any questions.
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    I am looking for a prebuilt solution, or a case that I can build one where the entire computer is in the dash opening. I want to do it that way because I already have limited space and do not want a crap load of cable to run this time.

    On my first install, in my impala, I had a cable bundle running to the middle of the car under the seat that was about 6 inches in diameter. I want to make this install look more streamline, both on the visible side and behind the scenes. After all, some of the computers that I mentioned above come from china and I like their design. The Revo X400 looks the best, but I would think that performance is lacking majorly for 1700 dollar. I like the way that everything is connected to locking connections on the backside of the radio.

    I also like the fact that everyone of the prebuilt systems have built in atleast 40w x 4 amps so that I could just hook it directly to the speakers, or to another amp. My last install I had to have one amp for the four main speakers, and another for the subs. This takes up even more space and power.

    I like the East N West design next. The only thing that I do not like about the design is the Mini-USB in the front. Seems like I would need a special cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coastaldamage View Post
    I am looking for a prebuilt solution, or a case that I can build one where the entire computer is in the dash opening. I want to do it that way because I already have limited space and do not want a crap load of cable to run this time.

    On my first install, in my impala, I had a cable bundle running to the middle of the car under the seat that was about 6 inches in diameter. I want to make this install look more streamline, both on the visible side and behind the scenes. After all, some of the computers that I mentioned above come from china and I like their design. The Revo X400 looks the best, but I would think that performance is lacking majorly for 1700 dollar. I like the way that everything is connected to locking connections on the backside of the radio.

    I also like the fact that everyone of the prebuilt systems have built in atleast 40w x 4 amps so that I could just hook it directly to the speakers, or to another amp. My last install I had to have one amp for the four main speakers, and another for the subs. This takes up even more space and power.

    I like the East N West design next. The only thing that I do not like about the design is the Mini-USB in the front. Seems like I would need a special cable.
    I would check out 2 installs then. They all have custom built in dash setups. There are more, but these are the guys I check on regularly.

    1988 C4 Corvette He built an all in one.

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...ex-pg-1-a.html This is rdholtz thread, dont know why he didnt point you to it. He is doing what your looking for also.


    Alot of us other people put the PC someplace else. Because my setup is huge, I needed the area behind my dash for optical equipment. I opted to take out the middle seat in my second row, since I have 3 rows and will never drive 7 people around. I also used the back area for the other PC units. I have seen alot of people with your type of car, build the PC into the panel at the back of the truck in the cabin.
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    I have seen both of them already. RDHoltz did not put the computer in the radio dash compartment and the 88 corvette, I don't know what is system is supposed to look like from the posts.

    If any one has done a computer mounted behind the screen for a fully indash setup please let me know. Maybe some pics or links to your worklogs. I really like the modularity of the one piece computers setups that I mentioned earlier.

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    I have mine in the dash where the head unit was, with the complete screen attached to it (in other words, I didn't pull the screen out of its case). Construction of the unit starts at post 742.

    blk02si builds cases like I did; his were the basis for my design.
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    Just thought about and idea!!

    Has anyone ever tried setting up a wireless touchscreen as the monitor, but that can be removed from the dash so passengers can us it like a remote control. I was thinking that it could be made by using a touchscreen monitor, thin battery, and two wireless transmitters and receivers (one for video and one for the touchscreen controls).

    I also know about the I pad. That would put the whole computer in the screen, but I want more power than that. Therefore, I would be stuck with transmitting the video and touch controls wirelessly.

    Ideally it would have to be very thin and only would have to support say ~30 minutes of battery life before it would need to be docked back in the dash for charging.

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