Another GizmoQ Tablet Install with a twist!
I'm working a new tablet install in a new car and this one has to be different from my previous Frankenstein builds. Its a shame how long I've been a member of this forum, how many installs I've built, and never have I documented my efforts in a worklog. Well, its time to change that!
This fall and winter, I will embark on a a new style tablet install - a semi stealth one. The objectives will be: to continue to use the same tablet as in my other two cars; keep the major functions (audio, video, GPS, FM, DVD, & Internet Apps); somehow incorporate the tablet dock for ease of mount/dismount; implement a removable screen and stealth the wiring in either configuration. I am still in the researching stage, so this could change along the way (it already has a few times as I learn more and more about the car). I wanted to feed the video into the OEM Nav, but that option was over $600 just to get a CGA video-in into the headunit without audio - NOT! The head unit has no aux-in, so instead of hacking my own, I've enlisted two aftermarket manufacturers to create one that activates when the tablet is docked.
Why all this trouble? The car already has a double-Din Nav unit that's too integrated into the car's computer, audio, and security systems to remove. Relocating it is not an option. And I intend to return it to stock with the least amount of effort when I decide to sell it (Which could be any day, if the money's right). Lastly, THIS CAR deserves a clean OEM-style install and I can't stand the OEM equipment.
Here's where we are at this point. The car is a 2006 Cadillac XLR-V (sometimes known as a Vette in a tuxedo):
The interior is small. And there's little space anywhere to put anything. The plan is to replace the cubby between the seats with the tablet dock and put all the peripherals behind it.
The cubby is 6" deep and I'm gonna need 2 1/2" of it for the tablet and dock. Unfortunately, I have to be sure to stay 1/2" from the rear of it because the back wall flexes whenever the top goes in or out of the trunk. The base of the dock which houses the DVD-RW and all the external connections will be hidden in the back half of the armrest storage compartment. The cubby's drop down door will be replaced with a fiberglass replacement molded around the tablet in sito. I, of course, plan to use a joystick replacement for the shifter.
More pictures to follow. I intend to take my time on this and do it right, so I expect it to take the whole winter to complete.