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  1. #1
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    Mar 2005

    '03 Toyota Tacoma first CarPC

    Realizing I had enough parts lying around to build one and with lots of help from reading this forum, I started in on building my CarPC ver. 1.0 beta.

    I made my own case by bending and cutting sheet steel (by hand!) and fastening it with machine screws and nuts. It's kinda crude in some places, but it does the job.

    I had to put in a couple layers of contact paper to make sure the solder joints on the back of the mobo didn't ground out on the case.

    Here it is loaded up:

    That's actually not the mobo I ended up using, but the new one is pretty much the same.

    I mounted the harddrive over the PCB slots b/c I'll be using both onboard audio and video.

  2. #2
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    Mar 2005


    All torn apart:

    I wanted a temporary mount for my Lilliput, but wasn't sure what I was gonna do until I took the dash apart and found this gem of a cross member. Perfect for placing the stock screen mount.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005

    Back together

    Everything back together:

    Amp and inverter go under the seat.

    I had a problem with the wire the connected the handle for sliding the seat foward and backward catching the amp and pushing it back. So here's what I did.

    Problem solved!

    The PC box and PSU fit nicley under the passenger seat. I'll get pictures of it this afternoon and put them up.

    Let me know what you think.

  4. #4
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    Mar 2005
    The final specs are:

    DFI Micro-ATX mobo, P3 1GHz, 256 MB RAM, 80GB HDD
    Lilliput 7" touchscreen
    Hand made custom case
    400W VectorMaxx inverter
    Alpine V12 4-channel amp
    Bluetooth to SE T637

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2005

    PC under passenger seat

    Here's the PC under the seat. Fits nicely I think.

    From the front, with USB extension

    More shots of the screen

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Pretty cool man, you should post this up at

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    Apr 2004
    Sweet looking!!!

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