Finally got back at it again.
I beefed up the framework to support the fabric:
Then wrapped it:
The contour by the drivers side front ended up kind of cool IMO, it flows fairly naturally as the console widens:
I ended up with a ton of space inside to work with:
Here is the view of the angles from aprox. the drivers seat:
Thats it for now, next I will wet it out and see what I've got!
I wetted out the fabric a couple of evenings ago:
Then yesterday, I laid up the first layer cloth/ kitty hair then this morning I cleaned it up with the grinder.
Now I'm ready today to continue with the layup.
kind of a dumb question, but was the lcd from the laptop a lvds connection? if so any reason you didnt get a longer cable made and a new lcd for the laptop and go that route. if your going through all the work of a center console a nice laptop lcd screen would go nicely.
anyways nice work so far. noticed in a post it said audio processor? are you using the alpine audio processor? if so how do you have your audio ins and outs?
I was thinking of using this.
also a 10" sub, a mono amp to drive the sub and a 4 or 5 channel amp for the door spekers and rear speakers.
The laptop screen was too big to fit in the dash and the biggie - no touchscreen. The biggest I think I can go is about 10" and still have it look like it belongs in the dash. I really like installs that look like they might have come from the factory with it.
I am using the H700/701 processor. The 700 is the older model that shipped with the controller (the piece in my pics that is attached under the CB). The 701 is the later and the controller was optional. Neither of these processors are still available new, so I searched out a used one. Many will argue this was the best processor Alpine ever made.
To use the optical input, you will need a sound card with a optical out then just run the optical cable to the processor. You then run with RCA cables from the processor jacks to your amps. Outputs include front tweeters, front mid/woofers, rear channels, centre channel and sub output.
As far as the H660 goes, I haven't looked closely at it. The main question is "how do you control it?" I have not researched this to find out if you need a head unit, a computer, I don't know so thats something you would want to figure out before buying.
I look forward to seeing your build!
theres my project. the alpine audio unit i linked is for use for cars like mercedes and other high end cars where an aftermarket deck is not a solution. this unit takes the audio outputs from the speakers and changes them to audio outs to the amps. while processing them in between. I thought this would be the best option from the audio outs from my pc. OR.... my motherboard has an optical audio out port on it. also the audio out has a 6w amp so sound to the alpine audio unit would be quite strong.
with whats on my motherboard for onboard sound i don't see the need for a usb soundcard. just have to find a way to run to an amp without a deck or preamp.
what i was saying though is a glass touch kit could be installed on a laptop lcd. i had motion city install mine. and the lcd could be mounted in your center console and look very nice, only problem is you would have to look down to see it.
but good work. ill possibly be looking for an alpine audio unit you are using as the audio processor i am looking at is quite pricy.
Then that processor's input handles high power (speaker level audio). You need a processor that handles the preamp signal from your sound card.
Originally Posted by slociviccoupe
I agree, you don't want a USB sound card, they have issues. I am using one as it's the only way to get optical out from a laptop.
Assuming you are using a desktop, you could add an inexpensive internal sound card that has optical out or maybe even your motherboard has it built in. Many of them do now.
I just checked out your worklog. Major drift car, Nice!
So I see you are running a Mobo with optical out so you are all set. Pick up a processor, locate it as close to the amps as possible and you will be able to run very short audio cables to the the amps helping to eliminate stray noise.
yeah i was looking at the alpine 701 unit. unfortunately drift car no.. would probably leave the diff laying on the ground if i launched it or kicked the clutch any time. ended up tearin into the car after motor went pop and i had mass amounts of money and time in the car. so couldn't get rid of it. But the car pc is going in that car with a full sterio. but nothing crazy. just realy good sound with some mild bass. and a car pc that is fast and can practically do anything.
Some more progress here, I am basically done laying up the shell of the console. 6 layers of a mixture of cloth & mat. The last 2 layers were 1.5oz chop mat so it was a little harder to put down with the 90 degree corners but should add major strength.
Here is the shell finished and ready for modifying
This was about 2 gallons of resin and probably about 10 yards of cloth/matt.