Well, I started on the conversion today.
I removed the center console trim bezel and pulled the 2-DIN Radio w/ 6 CD changer out. Took measurements of the housing and control head, I was easily able to separate the control face plate from the case.
I'll be modeling the control head and dash area in Pro-E so when I get the Lilliput 7" display and motherboard I can see what I need to do to make it fit.
One of the thing I noticed was that behind the radio case/housing there is a molded plastic bracket to support the rear of the case, removing this will create a lot more room. Also, on the right side of the 2-DIN opening going to the passenger glove box area there is a LOT of Extra room. I measured the mini-ITX foot print, and feel I can make a custom case to fit behind the dash. It looks like the front radio bracket and trim piece can be used to interface with a custom case.
I also measured the stowage bin on the rear driver side, it is about big enough to hold a computer case, but it is actually smaller then the area I have to work with behind the dash. The only advantage I have to that spot is that the battery is back there. (not much of an advantage).
So I'm going to wait till the parts get here, build the system and then test the system integration before installing it into the car. I've got a little machine shop, so I should be able to fab a custom case that packages behind the dash nice and neat.
I've already made changes to the parts I listed in an earlier thread like the case and pre-installed 7" display. I've taken enough laptops apart so I should be able to figure this out.
I also ordered the connectors and terminals (I have the right crimpers too) to plug into the car's harness and all the terminals. I'll be making a custom harness to allow the PC to plug straight into the car's harness without cutting any circuit.
If anybody has CAD models of the Lilliput 7" display(s) or of the Corvette face plate please PM me.
Can't wait for the boxes from Newegg and MP3CAR to arrive!
System components I’ve bought so far:
Will buy after I get the basic system up and running:
The old CD changer and radio board: