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    2008 Lincoln MarkLT Android tablet install

    Figured i start a worklog to document how i chop-up my truck and also to have something for posterity; my first computer was installed in a 79 F100 vintage truck and I can hardly find any pictures of it. That truck was my Son's (high school) graduation present so I got me a 2005 F150 to replace it and installed a computer in it. Again, I took some pictures of the process but they are all over the place; had I done a worklog, they would be all here in one place.
    I hope I can keep this in order and organized (but most likely i will be all over the place) because I may need some help figuring-out some things along the way.
    Anyway, like I said, my last computer was in the F150 and was running beautifully for years; all was well until the morning of father's day 2011 (ironically) when I opened the door and saw this…



    Darn thing caught on fire "spontaneously" – can you imagine the shock! It looked fine on the outside..

    It burned overnight parked right outside the garage (where it sits in the picture above) and the same way it started was the same way it finished – BY ITSELF! The windows were rolled-up tight so when the fire consumed all the oxygen, the flames died; but not before melting darn near everything plastic and ruining the computer with soot.

    Nobody could figure-out what started it..not even our fire department..

    Talk about heart-broken! I had just gotten it sitting pretty and running smooth.
    Something good came out of it however, I decided to upgrade a notch and got this to replace it..


    She’s a 2008 Lincoln MarkLT fully loaded, in other words: The top off the line F-150! . She’s really the subject of this worklog and the process of installing an Android tablet in it. More to come..
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    Wow! That is one sweet ride! Love the rims with that low profile rubber! I would recommend fuses on everything, and use an all metal case this build.

    I'm going to re-evaluate everything on my ride now, and make sure I have fuses on everything just so I dont experience what you did with your previous build. Do you remember what power supply you had in the F150? I want to make sure I don't have one of those in my carpc.

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    Check out pages 10-12 in my worklog. Next time, take your time and do it propper.
    Nice new rige. Sometimes something bad must happen to make place for the good one
    Waiting to see your progress
    My worklog: VOLVO S80 CarPC

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    Thanks for the comments. I'm uploading some pictures now so i can proceed.

    I bought the f150 with the monitors and aftermarket HU already installed "professionally" by the previous owner. I plan to take this project to a "professional" shop for final integration but i intend to be involved and demand proper wiring and fusing.

    BTW I used an M2-ATX and it survived along with the computer; except for soot, the computer worked fine.

    Stay tuned for more shortly..
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    RideRunner Front End / Various Skins
    Windows XP SP3

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    That's good to know the power supply was not the problem... That's the same model of power supply inside my carpc.

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    Come on, folks. Why everybody is mirroring this from his point of view ?!? We are ALL threatened of potential risk of the same scenario as treetop777.
    Just all the electronics we put inside our cars is NOT designed for automotive use - temperature differences, vibrations, specific power source and so on. Fuses are important not only to prevent the car to caught on fire while parked. Think what would happen in a bad incident - you lost you consciousness, but you have chance to survive. BUT the unfused cables mounted by you make some short and the car starts to burn, then you die because of suffocation but not because of the injuries by the main car incident... Say I'm pessimistic, but next time you put an extra power cable ANYWHERE think about the worst case scenario...

    treetop777 give those pics, man. I've never seen the new F150 from inside (in my country these trucks are rare).
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    So..I ran with the stock HU for a while..



    Which is a very capable unit with navigation, XM, disk changer..the works. However, that bug came around again and bit me..the carPC bug! LOL. So I set out to put a computer in the Lincoln.
    After looking at a worklog in here for an F150 I figured the perfect spot for the computer would be here..



    ..and chopped-it-up accordingly..



    Next, I rebuilt/reconfigured the computer to fit in that hole. Incidentally, that is the same exact computer that came out of the F150..


    And after all was said and done – it came alive!



    Next I had to figure-out where to put that big-a** factory HU because I planned to run the computer sound through the aux-in of the HU and also, I don’t know about you, but I’m a firm believer in having a back-up traditional HU if (or better say when) the computer brakes down.
    After thinking about it for a while, I couldn’t figure out where to put it, it wouldn’t fit in the glove compartment and it had to be somewhere that it was still accessible. I remembered seeing units that were am/fm receivers that also had VGA inputs so I started looking and came across this..



    PERFECT! I can use it as a monitor for the computer and still have a back-up HU in case the computer malfunctioned. After fiddling with it and hooking it up to the computer – it worked!



    All was set for the install when i started to have second thoughts about the unit; i could never get the GPS to work, the UI was primitive and in general the functions were all confusing and aesthetically not pleasing – not worthy of a Lincoln – you know what I mean..LOL

    I decide to look for an aftermarket HU (single DIN) with aux input that I could tuck away (and still have access to it) and that way I could install a Lilliput screen where the factory HU is and all would be well.

    LOL – took about another year for the bug to bite again and by that time I started hearing about tablets being installed so after looking into it, I decided to do a tablet instead.

    Are you bored yet..stay tuned, here come the REAL subject of the worklog..
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    BU-353 USB GPS Receiver / iGuidance / IGO8
    M2-ATX Power Supply
    RideRunner Front End / Various Skins
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolvoCarPC View Post
    Come on, folks. Why everybody is mirroring this from his point of view ?!? We are ALL threatened of potential risk of the same scenario as treetop777.
    Just all the electronics we put inside our cars is NOT designed for automotive use - temperature differences, vibrations, specific power source and so on. Fuses are important not only to prevent the car to caught on fire while parked. Think what would happen in a bad incident - you lost you consciousness, but you have chance to survive. BUT the unfused cables mounted by you make some short and the car starts to burn, then you die because of suffocation but not because of the injuries by the main car incident... Say I'm pessimistic, but next time you put an extra power cable ANYWHERE think about the worst case scenario...

    treetop777 give those pics, man. I've never seen the new F150 from inside (in my country these trucks are rare).
    I for one will heed your warning (although i don't think anybody disagrees with you). i saw your worklog and i must admit, i don't go to that extent when wiring anything in the car. Not to say i don't fuse anything but i don't try to figure out for instance if a widget comes with a fuse of certain value, is that the correct value? I just wire it up as-is, nothing extra.

    If you want, i can start another thread and see if you can figure-out (without i doubt) that it was faulty wiring that caused the fire. I also believe it was but there are some questions the insurance, fire department, friends, or i couldn't answer. The official report from the fire department listed the cause of the fire as "undetermined" but had been up to this one particular fire fighter, he would have listed it as "spontaneous combustion"!!!!!

    I have more pictures that can illustrate the dilemma.

    BTW, i don't have any pics of the inside of the F150 (that i can find) but i'll upload some of the outside in an album if you want to take a look later.
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    Lilliput 7" 629GL 2008 LED Backlight
    BU-353 USB GPS Receiver / iGuidance / IGO8
    M2-ATX Power Supply
    RideRunner Front End / Various Skins
    Windows XP SP3

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    I promise I’m going to find the setting in my camera to reduce the size of these pictures!
    So after looking around, I decided to try an ipad mini and this Sony HU mainly because it had an app that can control the radio functions directly from the tablet and has Bluetooth audio so I only have to worry about 1 cable from the ipad – power.



    Got a spare radio bezel and stated chopping it up..





    Making a fiberglass mold for the ipad mini. Yes! That’s a real ipad mini under all that resin..



    Scariest part was to get it out since I had to use the dremel in some places to be able to pop it out..



    Relief! It came out ok..



    Now I’m proceeding to mold the mold into the bezel by wrapping it in an old t-shirt and applying fiberglass. Once it was dry, I carved-out the opening and prepped for paint..








    There is a whole series of pictures of me painting it but I can’t find them. In any case, it was easy because I used textured paint so the sanding didn’t have to be perfect.
    Here I’m applying that soft fabric (I forget what it’s called) and embedded the ipad mini to made sure the fork was correct. Them I carefully trimmed it…






    Came out good..



    And the finished product..tada!





    Pretty good I must say, but there is one big flaw – there is no way to easily remove the ipad - it's in there tight. Not to much of a big deal since I already figured-out how to put a solenoid behind it to push it out.

    All would be well, except that after messing with the mini and trying to set it up for use in the car, it started to show it’s limitations – NO GPS! What’s up with that!? Also, there are no good car front-end apps for ios and the sony “app remote” if kind-of primitive, no polished.


    So I started looking at Android..
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    BU-353 USB GPS Receiver / iGuidance / IGO8
    M2-ATX Power Supply
    RideRunner Front End / Various Skins
    Windows XP SP3

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    That's some really clean fab work, too bad you would have to do it all over again just to add GPS. Maybe you can get a Bad Elf GPS and slight mod to plug it in?


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