Now that 24 hours has passed, I could fit the frame into the dash. The frame almost snapped into place and didn't move around much at all. I secured the frame to the dash using four screws, and I put on two cable clamps for the monitor power and SKS cables. Once that was done it was time to fire up my carpc using my 12v test bench to see how it looked. A little more recessed than a normal dash would be, but the placement had to be there so I didn't weaken the dash by removing too much material. I'm throwing in a shot of my disassembled carpc so you can see what I'll be putting back into the trunk later.
Now that I'd verified everything worked, I installed the dash into my car to make sure there were no fit problems. And, of course, there was one. It turns out that there's a hard plastic piece that goes between the radio opening and the vents. The screws were sticking out and preventing it from going in all the way. A quick reversal of the screws and I was in business. Today I drove it to do a shake, vibration, and heat test to see how the glue held up, and to see if the screen would move around and vibrate loose. Even with no air conditioning and 95 degree Florida heat and humidity the glue and screen held up just fine.
After work I decided to put my carpc and amp in the trunk (temporarily) so I could test the sound and how the screen looks and performs from the drivers seat. She sounds and looks great. I picked up that Alpine amp used on eBay for about $45, and it sounds so much better than the cheap amp I bought on Black Friday last year. For the ultimate test, I brought out my youngest son so he could run it through it's paces. I got the big thumbs up! I'm going to drive it around for a couple of days then disassemble the dash and make sure nothing worked itself loose. Then it will be time to visit my local automotive paint shop and get some dark denim blue paint and finish the dash.
I picked up some large craft paper today so I can make a template of the trunk, so I can start cutting plywood for the amp/carpc rack. I'm still not certain if I want to lay everything flat on the bottom of the trunk or perhaps mount them vertically against the fuel tank. What do you think?
Thanks for reading.