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    Finally beginning to get somewhere with this. I had this cut out by CNC Plasma Cutter in 2mm black steel. Very helpful guy by the name of Scot at Wright Shapes .



    I've still got to mount the components on the steel plate and paint the plate, but at last feel there is some progress.

    He can do pretty much anything with metal - cutting, welding, rolling, bending, milling - all in a variety of shapes, from CAD or drawings, all at very reasonable rates. What's more he likes doing one-offs. If anyone in the UK needs anything then do contact him. He has the CAD file for an Alfa Dash panel.
    Trying to fit a PC into an Alfa Romeo GTV. It's installed, but the buttons have fallen off since.

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    Definitely getting somewhere. The plate is painted and clear-coated, and I even applied a bit of Zaino car polish for good measure. I also disassembled (sp?) the IDT screen, painted the surround to match and have mounted some of the electronics outiside the screen to save space. Sadly my warranty will be gone with that.

    I've also mounted the stuff into the dash. It still needs a bit of sorting out as one of my clips broke off in the process and will need glueing. Also the temp-sensor for the air-con is getting squashed and therefore sounds like a trapped butterfly. I was suprised to find that the temp sensor has a fan to pull air across it.

    Photos to follow soon.

    When I connected it up and turned on the ignition for the first time nothing happened on screen!!! Turned out to be a disconnected wire that had pulled out at some point in the process. I was really worried for the reasons of warranty above, but some checking with a meter found no power was getting to the screen, and now in the dark at about 22.30 I found the 12v permanent live and reconnected. It all works and looks fairly good in situ. Sadly I will always know that it could have looked even better if I knew then what I know now, but I suppose I did the best I can.

    So next I need to mount the PC in the cubby hole in the boot and connect power into that. Wiring from that will go to the screen (RGB & USB), and to USB flying-leads in the glove-compartment, and the centre-console box.
    Then mount the amplifiers (one in the boot for rear speakers, and one under passenger seat for the front). Power to both, switched through the PC so the amps only come on with the PC. Signal leads from the PC go to each amplifier. Then re-routed speaker wires go from each amp to the relevant speakers. The microphone (for telephone use) will be mounted on the front A-pillar. The ISO connector cable will go from under the dash to the serial port on the PC.
    It's even an effort to describe what I need to do, never mind to do it.

    Then I need to reassemble the car interior. It's been so long that I can't remember how! Hopefully that will be ok, and I need to by a new centre-console as I damaged the original, and will buy a dash screen to replace my cut-up one so I can reinstate the original interior for the next owner.

    Then I just need to configure the PC!

    I am hoping to use a bootloader that will require a PIN to be entered on screen before Windows will load, and then need no password to enter windows. MP3 should be easy to use with Media Player or any other system. I will have to explore what programs are easy to use whilst driving.
    I am yet to decide on the best SatNav package to use. None seem perfect. Phone software may also be tricky. Networking will be 54g wireless and Bluetooth.

    Then I need to buy a USB or PCI radio, preferably DAB, and work out how to operate the existing aerial with the PC or mount a new one on the rear screen, preferably DAB. And I have not yet bought a web-cam, or found software that will do what I want. I guess some sort of security software would be good for rolling recordings.

    So that's your update for now!
    Trying to fit a PC into an Alfa Romeo GTV. It's installed, but the buttons have fallen off since.

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    A few photos to be getting on with showing the dash-plate after painting with some of the components in place:




    Mounted photos to follow soon.
    Trying to fit a PC into an Alfa Romeo GTV. It's installed, but the buttons have fallen off since.

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    I've been working on it all day, and have got it nearly finished. Remarkably it works, and I have started to install XP. I'm also waiting for the second amplifier, but I have the wiring and mounts all sorted.

    More pics:




    I am fairly pleased with the appearance, not least because the new Alfa 159 & Brera have a similar theme to the dash. The new Alfa dash uses flat surfaces, rather than the lovely curved one of the GTV. I almost moved the Hazard lights and fog lights into the gear surround too, though the top, not the bottom.

    (image copyright Luke )

    I installed and wired up the PC earlier, and restored most of the car's interior. The photo here show the mass of wires, and you may also be able to see the Gendan OBD-II interface too sited in the void towards the centre.
    Trying to fit a PC into an Alfa Romeo GTV. It's installed, but the buttons have fallen off since.

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