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    2000 Pontiac Trans Am carputer install (56K=choke)

    As i'm starting to get my install together, I figured i'd document it here pic by pic. I am currently saving money so that next month, I can just buy everything I need at one time. I have a final parts list, and here it is:



    I'm going to add an Audigy USB sound card, and a GPS mouse after this is installed as I save up some more $$.

    I have started some fabrication work, and here are the pics:

    First, a pic of my car:


    Then, the stock dash:


    I relocated my A/C controls to the glove box:


    Then, moved some stock electronics (relays, etc.) to get as much space in the dash as possible: (edit: I moved that small black box tucked in the left hand side to under the driver's dash)


    I bought two 12"x12" (1/8" thick) ABS sheets from McMaster-Carr for $17.00, and trimmed one to fit the dash opening:




    More pics to come as I work some more on it.
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    so fun, congrats on the start of the project
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    Me thinks you need to work on your parking skills. So you're only putting an 8" in there? Looks like there's room for more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity
    Me thinks you need to work on your parking skills. So you're only putting an 8" in there? Looks like there's room for more.
    I might be able to do a 10.5" LCD, but that would require serious modification of the dash, and I kinda want to be able to sell the car in stock form if needed. Also, I forgot to add, that with the dash work, i'm using all ABS, utilizing the solvent/ABS goop brought up by CoachReed in the Fabrication area. So far, it,s coming out well.
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    Got a little more work done today, I'm working on the stock trim bezel, and adding a small hood on it to help cut down on glare. Here's a pic of the stock bezel with the crossbar between the AC controls and the radio removed and filled in:



    then I glued on the top and side parts of the hood using the ABS goo:



    I used three layers of ABS on the top portion of the hood, and two layers thick on the sides:



    As soon as it dries, i'm going to sand it into shape. I think I might be able to get some more done with it tomorrow if the ABS is thoroughly dried.
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    You're definitely on the right track man... keep us posted...
    Is there anywhere else one can get ABS plastic sheets for cheaper??
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    Very nice Trans Am... Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraychild
    You're definitely on the right track man... keep us posted...
    Is there anywhere else one can get ABS plastic sheets for cheaper??
    I dunno, you would probably have to do some hunting locally. I just bought this stuff 'cause I didn't feel like hunting for it to save $5 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RS3RS
    Very nice Trans Am... Good luck!
    Thanks for the compliment- Spent way too much money getting it to look/drive like it does.
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    Is that a Rockford Symmetry I see ? Thats a flashback to the past that I've been wanting for awhile and the install looks like it will be pretty cool when finished, keep us posted

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