1966 Chevelle, Custom front end & Custom Instrument Panel. Arduino & Processing2.js
Guess i should start another one of these. After having a few car pc systems I decided to take a crack at going a bit deeper into the UI design.
Well... lets get started.
The car-- 1966 Chevelle Malibu. Pro/grand touring setup. Chevy LQ-9 6.0L lsx engine. Right now it just has a cam swap, headers and intake. It's in the body shop right getting sand blasted and we're replacing the rear quarter panels. It looked like this... but I don't like red, so It'll be getting either a Cyber Metallic Gray (zr1 corvette color) or Nebula Gray Pearl (Lexus color) :)
will end up being this color more then likely:
The Audio --
After being very happy with my last system in my corvette I'm going to stick with a fully active design. I replaced my tube amps with another Zapco Ref 1000.4 amp (150x4), I upgraded my mids to Seas top of the line w18nx, paper cone with nextel coating, Same tweeters for now (dynaudio md130) but I'm not sure if i'll have installation issues, Same sub because it fits my taste perfectly (tc-sound tc-9) No rear speakers. However, I will be using a hidden head unit to handle the processing and to simplify and cut costs. It's a pioneer premier DEH-800PRS. a pretty good head unit that can do time alignment, run fully active setup and have enough eq'ing for me. The car will also get fully deadened with a 100% layer of acoustical foam to absorb noise as well.
The Geek --
One thing i hate about car pc's (always had) was the reliance on a touchscreen and having to take your eyes off the road. I decided to create a custom UI that is based on; what is refereed to in my industry as; 'marking menus'
Since the car will be a daily driver and more so used as a grand-tourer, i'm adding such creature comforts as Power locks, Power Windows, heated seats, cruise control, etc.. I try to pride myself on having clean installs and adding a whole bunch of buttons for all those functions was a big turn off. So instead of 20 buttons, i'll be installing a dell venue pro 8 into the center console and will be running this custom UI:
To add to the tactile feel, i'll be installing a knob that will be covering part of the screen. This is part function and part aesthetics.
As for the instrument panel. It's going to be run on a linux board and will use an arduino to get obd-ii data as well to control stepper motors for the gauge needles. here is my work in progress so far:
more to come....