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    Repaired the wiring, soldered and heat-shrink. Hopefully I didn't miss any.



    Removed the sunroof glass panel.

    Removed the sunroof headliner panel. Removed the material and foam.



    Covered the headliner in black cloth. Need to finish the edges.



    Went shopping:

    West Marine, 8 ga red and black wires, 16 ga red and black wires, 2 fuse blocks, connectors, heat-shrink.

    Sears: torque wrench

    Online: 15 ft each, VGA cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, composite video cable, and connector for the wifi antenna FME to SMA.

    Plan for tomorrow:

    Finish the headliner.

    Pull the back off of the drivers seat for seam repair.

    Double check for more cut wires.

    Run 8 ga red and black wires from the engine compartment to the trunk.

    Run 16 ga red and black wire from trunk to radio cage for LCD power.
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    11am. Taking my time on the headliner.

    Looks like that may be all day to finish it up.

    1pm. Headliner is nearing completion. I found the regular contact cement works great along the edges.



    1:48 headliner is done.



    Thats about it for today. I will probably take the back off of the drivers seat so I can take it tomorrow to get sewn.

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    Remaining tasks

    Disassemble the trunk.

    Disassemble the dash.

    Run cables and wires.

    Install new antenna and maybe a hidden FM antenna just in case.

    Take drivers seat for repair.

    Reassemble the interior.

    Hopefully the car runs and everything works.

    Wire all power connections and fuses.

    Purchase Mac Mini

    order connectors for the antenna and on/off switch.

    Install software and verify the mac mini is up and running.

    Setup an ATX power supply to bench test the entire setup in the house where its nice and cool.

    Modify Mac Mini as outlined above verifying operation after each mod.

    Attach the PSU to Mac Mini and verify operation.

    Purchase GPS and AT&T dongles verify operation.

    Purchase audio interface verify operation.

    Check the USB hub and volume control

    Ready for installation.

    By now I should have a bezel and decide on the easy route using a 7" Lilliput or the bezel works and I purchase the 8" Xenarc.

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    i love love love that model jetta, especially in that color (or the blue... i think its called blue lagoon). i almost got it once, but went with an rsx.

    looks like you're doing a fantastic job. what did you use to stick the cloth to the headliner?
    can't wait to see the screen instal...

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    The fabric and adhesive is from Joann's Fabrics.

    I ordered fabric samples from two companies but Joann's fabric was comparable.



    The adhesive worked well. Its not coming off thats for sure.



    I used contact cement around the edges and any where I couldn't easily spray the adhesive. It worked great. The setup time is longer but once it holds, it holds.

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    Today I checked the wire repairs and made one more repair. Cleaned up the passenger floor and reset the sound proofing.

    Disassembled the trunk and planned the electric install.

    Opened the 3M vinyl package from ECS tuning and found a crease right down the middle. Sent an email and will see what they do about it. I was planning on covering the sunroof shade with the vinyl. Now I have to put that aside for now.

    Sent off an email to Jason at Xenarc to find out about cables provided with the 8" monitor, are they supplies and how ling are they. About to run cables from the trunk and want to make sure I have considered everything.

    Sent an email to Paul at Keffer VW parts to get 2 part numbers for a stripped screw on the sunroof cover and a part for the center console.

    Hit the road,

    bank

    ace hardware for screws to mount the fuse block in the trunk

    west marine to return and replace a couple items

    Ace auto electric to have terminals attached to my pos and gnd wire





    Treadwell Auto Trim, dropped off my Recaro drivers seat to have the seam repaired.

    That's it for today.
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    I have cables ordered and just found out the Xenarc has 16 ft cables for their monitors.

    I guess I will chance it and order the 16' cable for the 8" monitor. If I can't make it fit someone will get a great deal on the monitor and 16' cable.

    I can always return a cable or two.

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    9pm back at it.

    Sunroof cover is done.


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    Thanks to the tropical storm pushing through Florida I have nothing better to do than work on my Jetta.

    I am running this thread on mp3car.com and vwvortex.com. The first for carpc expertise and the second for VW expertise.

    Anyway, it is time to run my # 8 red positive wire from the battery to the trunk.

    I pulled the driver's side lower dash out to find the grommet through the firewall. It is located above and to the left of throttle. On the engine side it is located just above the brake booster.



    I discovered a hot bus under the driver's panel. Checking the wiring diagram I found a #4 wire from the battery to this bus. Holly crap! VW did the work for me so there is no need to run the pos wire through the firewall.

    Battery:

    Under dash:

    Wiring diagram:

    Continuity is good and there are no components between the under-dash connection and the battery.

    I am connecting my #8 wire right here.
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    11am break for brunch.

    Power cable is run to trunk. Rear fog wire run to front.

    Need to mount fuse block and modify the left rear trunk cover for the fuse block.

    Need to wire the rear fogs to the Euro switch.

    Need to install the new wifi/gps/cellular antenna. Good bye FM as we know it.
    Last edited by cazzz; 06-26-2012 at 11:41 AM.

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