Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: 1998 Pontiac Bonneville

  1. #1
    Constant Bitrate BLK MAJK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Toledo, OH
    Posts
    117

    1998 Pontiac Bonneville

    Well, I have finally taken the plunge. I graduated with a BSME in Mechanical Engineering in June of '05 and had to get a real job. I got one that is about a 40 mile drive each way. My vehicle was a heavily modified GMC Sonoma which I had to fill up about 3 times a week with premium for the drive to work everyday. So I decided I had to get a beater. I looked all around and happend to score an AWESOME deal on a '98 Bonneville from my neighbor who owns a dealership..blue book was $5500 and I got it for $2K w00t. This thing is loaded with cd, leather, electronic climate control, amplified stereo, power everything, I just couldnt pass it up. Though it doesnt have the gas mileage of a tiny saturn, it gets about 10 mpg more on the highway than my truck ever did, plus this car is a HELL of alot more comfortable than a tiny saturn. Fast forward to about a month ago and I was bored so I started looking at carputers...which landed me here. I lurked around, read alot, but still wasnt sold on installing one, but that all changed (obviously). I decided to get a usb gps receiver (bu-353) to use with my laptop if I had any long road trips planned. Well, a couple weeks ago I had to drive to indianapolis for work and decided to take my laptop as well. I had directions from mapquest (eek) and started in my way...after less than 5 miles mapquest had me going the wrong direction so I pulled out my laptop, plugged in the GPS, opened MS S&T '06 ($15 @ best buy w00t) typed in where I was going, and I was on my way, it never once led me astray. That right there solidified it. That night I started ordering components from my hotel room So here are some progress pics, which I will update frequently. Sorry about the novel

    The Car


    The original dash


    The proposed layout


    Making way for the HU in the glovebox


    Extending the wiring


    FM modulator mounted (I will be getting a new HU in the future, but this is for the time being)


    HU in its new home (I plan to make a trim piece to cover it, but its in the glovebox, no one will see it for now)


    Climate controls moved


    Thats all for now, sorry about some of the pics, they were all taken with my cell phone. Now onto molding the screen into the dash (I'll take lots of pics) You guys have all been a huge help thus far
    [+++++++++=]
    As of 4/15/06: Computer is in and running great! Still got a few bugs to work out tho
    M10000, Lilliput, M1-ATX, Slot DVD, 40 GB HDD, 512 MB DDR, BU-353, M$ S&T '06, XMD1000

  2. #2
    Raw Wave EsKALad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    2,102
    Dude That Looks Sweet! Hey If You Want I Have The Gm Aux Input..its The Aii Gm9. If You Need It Pm Me
    i got dat ***** sittin on 22s! SUPERMAN EDITION!

  3. #3
    Constant Bitrate BLK MAJK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Toledo, OH
    Posts
    117
    UPDATE:
    hmmm...somethings in the way


    Locating for a test fit


    Hot glued in place for test fit in car


    In Car


    1st Layer of epoxy


    thats all for today...next is more epoxy, trim for climate controls, then fill gaps with bondo glass, and start bondo-ing (actually evercoat body filler).
    [+++++++++=]
    As of 4/15/06: Computer is in and running great! Still got a few bugs to work out tho
    M10000, Lilliput, M1-ATX, Slot DVD, 40 GB HDD, 512 MB DDR, BU-353, M$ S&T '06, XMD1000

  4. #4
    Constant Bitrate BLK MAJK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Toledo, OH
    Posts
    117
    UPDATE: Started with the filler today. Used bondoglass...It looked like I was smearing crap all over my bezel

    1st Layer of bondoglass curing:


    After 1/2 hour of sanding (then I had to go to the dentist) I used 50 grit to knock down the big stuff, now im onto 80 for shaping...


    Next comes another fine layer of bondoglass, then lightweight filler, then spot filler...sand, sand, sand
    [+++++++++=]
    As of 4/15/06: Computer is in and running great! Still got a few bugs to work out tho
    M10000, Lilliput, M1-ATX, Slot DVD, 40 GB HDD, 512 MB DDR, BU-353, M$ S&T '06, XMD1000

  5. #5
    Constant Bitrate BLK MAJK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Toledo, OH
    Posts
    117
    UPDATE:

    Finally got my working motherboard today Made a little progress on the bezel too...

    Installing TinyXP (150 mb)


    Trimming to make room for the HVAC controls


    Layer of bondoglass to fill the gaps and give a nice edge


    Going to add a layer of epoxy behind the bondoglass and fill some small areas, then another thin layer of bondoglass, then regular filler....after that comes cutting the slot for the dvd drive, then prime and paint...so far so good
    [+++++++++=]
    As of 4/15/06: Computer is in and running great! Still got a few bugs to work out tho
    M10000, Lilliput, M1-ATX, Slot DVD, 40 GB HDD, 512 MB DDR, BU-353, M$ S&T '06, XMD1000

  6. #6
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    australia
    Posts
    5
    looking good
    i work in a car audio shop as an installer and this is looking good

    also im in australia so pontiacs are rare as rocking horse poo but i had a 1966 pontiac bonniville in at work
    was 2 door
    wow they are soooooooooooooooo long hehehh

  7. #7
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    425
    you do know that pontiacs are the American brand holdens?
    Continued Worklog... Upgrades in progress:
    *15.4" WXGA LED backlight touchscreen upgrade
    *Custom fiberglass dash bezel

  8. #8
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    australia
    Posts
    5
    well yeah some are but we never see the usa ones

  9. #9
    Constant Bitrate BLK MAJK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Toledo, OH
    Posts
    117
    UPDATE: More progress on the bezel....gettin close to being done...finally...also started laying out the case design in smoked plexi....onto the pics...

    Molding in the slot dvd bezel...


    After alot of sanding..


    Laid a thin layer of primer today....


    Wow...nothin like primer to bring out all the imperfections you thought werent there....looks like some glazing putty and more sanding is in order...
    [+++++++++=]
    As of 4/15/06: Computer is in and running great! Still got a few bugs to work out tho
    M10000, Lilliput, M1-ATX, Slot DVD, 40 GB HDD, 512 MB DDR, BU-353, M$ S&T '06, XMD1000

  10. #10
    Constant Bitrate BLK MAJK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Toledo, OH
    Posts
    117
    UPDATE: Dashboard is done!

    When it came time to paint, I could not find a color that even came close to matching, so I bought some model paint and mixed my own, then airbrushed it on. The first round of painting didnt come out that well. I had some shiny spots and the area around the slot load looked like ***...


    so I did some light sanding with some 1000 grit and sprayed it again...MUCH better, IMO


    as Im sure we can all say, Im sure I could have done some things different/better, but Im happy with how it turned out...especially for being my first time with something like this

    A couple pics of the screen working (I was kinda scared putting it back together after hearing some people couldnt get theirs to work again.) At first when I put it back together, I noticed that the ribbon cable for the buttons had a wider slot than the ribbon, so it was either to the left or to the right. I made a choice and put it back together, and wouldnt you know it....nothin(the led wouldnt even light up)...which got me a little worried. So I pulled the cover off again, switched the ribbon to the other side, and voila




    Here are a couple shots of the case Im building. Smoked acrylic from Mcmaster Carr...

    still gotta finish the backplate panel (thats why the brown backing is still on it...tip: leave all the backing on the acrylic/plexi/lexan/etc. until you are done with all of your cutting...it gives you a place to mark it all up, and protects it from scratches.


    If you look on the right, the thing closest to the bottom is a connector I ripped out of an old power supply where the power cord plugs in..then I chopped the mating end off of a power cord and these will be my power/ground/signal for the power supply. Then above that is an ethernet port, which will carry the 8 wires I need for 2 led's (HDD and power), a reset switch, and a master on switch (for if im taking a short trip and dont want to run the pc). This way my case is pretty easy to remove, just unplug it if I need to take it inside to work on it. Im starting to get excited that im almost done. Let me know what you think
    [+++++++++=]
    As of 4/15/06: Computer is in and running great! Still got a few bugs to work out tho
    M10000, Lilliput, M1-ATX, Slot DVD, 40 GB HDD, 512 MB DDR, BU-353, M$ S&T '06, XMD1000

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. 2003 Pontiac Vibe GT - Initial Stages
    By Jahntassa in forum Worklogs
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 11-05-2006, 03:36 PM
  2. I have a Pontiac logo that needs sprucing up
    By The Grinch in forum Software & Software Development
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-25-2005, 02:56 PM
  3. Pontiac (Based on Orange Heat)
    By Jahntassa in forum CF Skins
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-21-2005, 01:12 PM
  4. pontiac sunfire 2000
    By Phantm in forum Engine Management, OBD-II, Engine Diagnostics, etc.
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-12-2005, 09:00 PM
  5. 1998 VW GTI VR6 Project
    By Stavros in forum Show off your project
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 01-27-2003, 11:16 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •