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    2003 Corolla S

    Ok well I just got my car on May 31st. From the 1st day I began planning this project. It keeps changing and probably will as time goes on. I dont have pics right now but will soon because my camera batteries are charging (old Sony ones wouldnt hold a charge).

    COMPUTER

    Here are the current specs:
    CPU: Pentium 3 850Mhz
    MOBO: Asus (not sure of model)
    Ram: 1GB PC133
    HD: IBM Deskstar 18GB (SCSI - 10,000 RPM)
    HD2: 40GB WD ATA100, I plan to upgrade it too.
    Vidcard: Crappy ATi Rage PCI
    PSU: 250W plugged into 400Wpeak (320w) inverter
    OS: Windows 2000 Server (May go to XP soon)

    The computer I got from work for free. Its one of our old servers so its in a nice 2U server chassis which I plan to use. Its also dual proc capable but right now I just have 1 CPU in. Plus its built like a rock so it will work in my truck with my idea I planned.

    SCREEN

    Currently I dont have a touchscreen but I use a wireless presentation trackball w/ a 15in LCD I had lying around when I upgraded. Plus it had a scratch so I didnt sell it @ the time of upgrade. So for the screen I am working on a non-permanet mount til I get a touchscreen.

    TRUNK

    Well I plan to mount everything in the trunk due to size problems with everything. For those of you that dont know what a 2U server case looks like well its basically like 2" tall and pretty flat. I think my case is like 19" wide and 20 something inches deep. I plan to build a false floor and build the server into the floor. So basically you will not be able to see it, just 1 small vent that comes up right near the seats at the far end of the trunk. The vent will work well since the case is built where air flow comes in the front and is vented out the back with one strong fan so designing a venting system is going to be pretty easy/quick. Also under the "floor" I will have my inverter mounted with possibly the extra socket accessable or space so I can upgrade to a bigger inverter if I need a bigger unit.

    My goal is to have the project fully completed by the time I start college because I doubt I will have much free time between work and school.

    I WILL HAVE PICS UP ASAP, SO SORRY FOR NO PICS RIGHT NOW.

    In the mean time if you have any questions or comments free free to post. Thanks!

    Here is a pic of the car as is. I took this pic with my cell so please eexcuse the quality/size. I will have to see if I can get a few more off my phone while waiting for my camera.

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    yeah Nice to see some other rolla owners

    I like your color ! Mine is silver. Post pics as soon as you have some. You can also take a look at my car (signature), there are some detailled pics about my trunk install
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    Haha ya I read yours and all the other Rollas. You all have great installs, I think I have taken tips from all of you via PMs and your projects. Oh and thanks on the color comment, I get that alot. I just loved this color, silver is a nice color too.

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    Well today I wired in my inverter which took alot longer than I expected but was worth it when it all booted up and ran in my car. Darn me tho I didnt take pics cuz I was racing daylight cuz I get home from work @ 6:40ish then eat dinner then worked fast. I finished after dark anyways so the pics wouldnt have looked good.

    I still dont have a LCD besides a KDS Rad5 which is a 15" home/desktop lcd thats only 1" think. Its not mounted or anything cuz I dont think I will use it in the car even though its not too bright @ night. I am planning on getting this LCD -
    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...roducts_id=120

    Is this a good motorized in dash LCD? I thought about just molding a Xenarc or Lili into the dash but it would look like crap cuz I dont know how to use bondo or anything. Plus I just dont have the time w/ working full time and all.

    I also plan to also get the BU-303 GPS Receiver from the MP3Car store also for GPS duties. I will also run all this with RR because I just liked the interface after I found a cool skin, lol.

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    Well I've seen a lot of installs so far with the screen in the head unit location, and it turned out really nice and you just need little fabrication skill ! (basically just filling holes, sand, prime and paint ) Search a bit on the forum (lazy and late this morning) there is one or two pictures of that
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    Ya I know it should be easy but I am afraid I will mess up. Also, if I do make a mistake I dont know where to order a replacement dash, normally I'd go to the junk yard but its a new gen car and theres not many there. I dont think there are even a few @ the junkyard near me.. :/

    How hard would it be to learn to use bondo and do the dash? I have never had any experience with it. Also, is bondo like a clay and it hardens and you sand it to clean the lines kind of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SniperXX
    Ya I know it should be easy but I am afraid I will mess up. Also, if I do make a mistake I dont know where to order a replacement dash, normally I'd go to the junk yard but its a new gen car and theres not many there. I dont think there are even a few @ the junkyard near me.. :/

    How hard would it be to learn to use bondo and do the dash? I have never had any experience with it. Also, is bondo like a clay and it hardens and you sand it to clean the lines kind of?

    Learning to work with bondo is not really that difficult. You just have to be patient and work slowly. Sanding dried bondo is usually done is a couple of steps. For really thick / rough portions, some people use a body file (something that looks like a cheese grater), then move to 150-200 grit sandpaper, then 400, then 800 and up if you really want it smooth. Personally, I stop at 400 but I "wet sand" most parts. This works pretty well with plastics. Don't be impatient and use a power grinder or a dremel with sanding attachments. Work slowly by surely.

    Another product you may want to look at is:
    http://www.evercoat.com/productCategory.aspx
    These are a lot easier to work with and a bit more flexible.

    You corolla has a very nice location for a monitor. I think a regular 7 or 8 would look nice compared to a pop-out / slide out model IMHO.

    Good luck !
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    Oh and today I ordered some cold cathodes (THESE ONES) from Newegg.

    Two will will be mounted up under the front dash, then the other two will go under the driver's and front passenger's seats. I am hoping they will turn out how I invisioned.

    So ya I ordered the stuff this morn before noon PST and put rush order so I should have them tommorow w/ the regular shipping cuz their warehouse is 10min away from me, lol. I never need to do 2day cuz I get it anyways.

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    Sniper, I'll just post answers to your PM here so anyone else with the same q's can benefit

    If you don't go with the motorized screen: 1) you'll have to find another place for your aftermarket radio. I guess some people have put radios where that flip down compartment is near the a/c controls... but space is pretty slim there. I'm assuming you'll need to keep the radio 'cause you need it for the aux input. 2) The bondo'ing is a pain, but doable. My install was my first attempt at it, and it seemed to turn out alright. Also, I didn't have to worry about messing up my dash 'cause all my stuff doesn't integrate to the dash. I could take out all of my carputer stuff, and put the stock stuff back in if I wanted to. (given, there'd be a few unnoticeable holes, and a cut trunk mat... but I still have all the pieces )

    Anyways, I basically used a scosche din adapter (probably similar to what you have for your radio right now), cut it up to fit the lcd, and bondo'd it to make it a smooth piece.

    I cut the lilliput housing as so:



    Then I cut the scosche din adapter like so:



    as you probably guessed I also cut the pocket off, but it was hard to draw the line in the right place in the pic. anyways, the bottom cut is to allow the lcd (ONLY the lcd, not with the controller board) through, BARELY though, there is some tension that holds the lcd up, along with the metal brackets on the backside of the front of the lilliput housing. (when you cut the housing where I marked, the mounts for the metal brackets aren't cut off). Then I epoxied the lcd frame to the scosche frame and bondo'd. If you're worried about the lcd "falling", there is a space in the dash where you could put a wood support to hold the lcd up. (i'm probably going to do this, but it hasn't been too necessary yet) Anyways, hope this gives you a better picture of one possibility.
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    Ahh ic. Ya I plan to keep my HU but I will just put it in the glove box I guess. I have seen then im the storage bin area and am not sure I like it there that much. I may try to modify it and hide the HU behind the door so I can easily reach it but it will be stealthed.

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