Nice work so far treetop,
If you do switch out units, I'm sure you can help someone out and recapture some $$ by selling that new bezel. I'm sure someone with the same dash would be interested in using a mini.
You mentioned you had trouble releasing the plug from the FG. If you didn't do it on this one, remember next time to put a good coat of wax (like mothers, just a paste wax) on the foil, it helps a lot.
Great start to the project, I'm hooked!
My thoughts exactly Phil but i like the mini's form-factor so i may just keep it! but $$ talks of course. :biggrin1: I'll use that wax trick next time.
So i set out to find an Android tablet that would meet 2 of my main requirements: had to be bigger than 7Ē but smaller than 10Ē and had to have GPS built-in. Surprisingly, there are not that many tablets that fit that build but I finally found one that is perfect IMO. Itís a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (a mouth-full) that fit both my requirements (aside from being Android)..
And unlike the ipad mini, it has excellent GPS. What you see is indoors, outdoors it can see as many as 24 sats and lock onto 22-23. Excellent for navigation..
So now itís time to fit the tab into the bezel. BTW, at this point I decided to do the final fabrication in the correct Lincoln radio bezel instead of one of a F150 (same fit) so I only have to do it one time.
Also, itís worth mentioning (for clarification) that Iím taking some pictures now in order to fill-in some gaps and tell the story, but much of this work happened months ago in the summer/fall.
Anyway, the first little problem I needed to solve was the tablet was ever so slightly smaller than the opening and it showed some gaps at the edges and also the Samsung log and part of the hard/soft buttons on the side..
You can also see the gaps along the top and bottom edge..
Fortunately, I had a piece of ABS plastic laying around so I tried my hand at cutting out a frame. After it seems like 10 tries, it was good enough (IMO)..
And here come the point of no return..glue..
Again, good luck was on my side and it came out good; nice and straight and even..
In case you're wondering, yes, the frame on the tablet is brown! I have no clue what possessed them besides just being different; not a deal-breaker though.
Next is to secure the tablet to the bezel (from the back) so Iíll show you how I tackled that shortly..
That tablet has lots of ROM support:
And best of all, you can connect a USB DAC for high quality audio if so inclined.
USB DAC? I heard about it in here but never paid any attention, Iím going to have to look into it. That thread at XDA is a good resource but not as abundant as it may seam; thereís only 2 custom ROMs and one of the is half done. They have a very nice custom Kernel though.
But anyway, after thinking about it for a while and a little trial and error, this is how I ended-up securing the tab to the bezel. Got a few of those (hard) plastic stand-offís and used the same model airplane glue to stick them on..
And some aluminum strips..
Did I get the measurement for the holes right??
Sure did! Perfect!
There were gaps between the tabís screen and the bezel so I added a couple more strips to push the tab up against the bezel; the tab now sits flush against the bezel. Through-in some screws and done. It is rock solid.
Now I have to finalize how to power the tab. It would be easy just to use the USB power cable but I was also thinking about a multimedia dock; that way I would have HDMI out to feed video to the back seat and also a couple USB ports for loading files or whatever. Stay tuned..
Check this out..:crazy::crazy:
Toying with the idea of molding the radio faceplate into the ashtray and motorizing it. That would give me easy access to the volume button.
I have no clue how to do it yet (or if it's even feasible) but I'll seek help in the fab section when I'm ready.
Give a man a little time and some extra cash and that's what he'll come-up with! :eek: LOL
I like your job and I'm waiting with great interest to see something new from you.
Not much fab going-on right now since itís cold outside but earlier and went about trying to gain access to the tablets power button wiring. Being able to power on/off the tablet manually was something that was bothering me from the beginning; if the tab goes dead and shot down (turn-off), there is nothing (not even tasker) that can power it back on except the power button. I must say that there are exceptions (that I learned from a thread in this forum) like the Nexus 7 which some have succeeded in turning it on just by applying power. In any case, that is not possible with my tablet so I figured I got to open it. Unfortunately, I couldnít find anywhere where it had been done before much less what I wanted to do which was to attach wires to the existing power button wires. So I crossed my fingers and started prying it open..
Took some doing but finally got it open..
But was disappointed when I located the ribbon cable that feeds the connection to the power button; You darn near need a microscope to even see it, much less solder an external wire or something. Whatís even worst, i would have hat to figure out which leads go the power button out of the 8 in the ribbon cable and knowing my luck it would have been the last 2. LOL The screwdriver is pointing to where the ribbon cable and power button is located..
And hereís a close-up of the ribbon cable; it looks big in the picture but itís tiny..
What a disappointment, I had already envision where to hide a switch Ė bummer. Not all is lost tho, now I know it can be opened and the battery can be replaced. So I put the tab back together and itís working fine. However, I still didnít solve the problem of getting to the power button to I went to plan: a hole!
Here it is. Itís perfectly lined-up with the tabís power button when itís mounted in the bezel; I fashioned a little wedge that pushed (in) the actual power button..
Unfortunately, it didnít come-out very neat. I had to drill from the back to make sure it was aligned perfectly but the drill bit chipped it..
But hey, thereís always a solution! LOL I may come up with something else later but for now that works.
After that was done, it seam I had nothing else I could do; I plan to mold the radio faceplate into the ashtray but I have to get the wires soldered first. So I was bored lingering in the garage one day and happened across a ďFirgelli linear actuatorĒ Ė oh oh! Suddenly I had something to do..! LOL I will show you next..stay tuned..