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    2000 Pontiac Trans Am V 2.0 (Updated 27 June 06 with video)

    this is the SECOND worklog on my TA carputer due to some minor problems with the old setup which eventually led to motherboard failure. Here is the first worklog. Since I just came into a little bit of money to purchase some more gear, I figured why not re-design everything?
    The reason my motherboard bit the dust was because in my original design, everything was packed into the dashboard and I ended up busting a capacitor off the board. So this time, I am creating a small fiberglass enclosure behind the driver's seat to hold the powersupply, motherboard, and hard disk. Here's a pic of the new location with the components laid in place to make sure there's enough room:




    Next, I started sreating a fiberglass enclosure to hold everything. First, I taped off the whole area using 2" masking tape and cardboard:



    Then I smeared a coat of vaseline over the tape to keep the fiberglass from adhering to the tape/cardboard:



    Next, I laid two layers of 'glass to the area using fiberglass resin, fiberglass matt, and a couple of cheap 2" chip brushes:



    I purchased a sheet of 3/4" thick pvc plastic from McMaster-Carr, and cut some to form the inside surface the components will mount to. After I screwed it in place inside the fiberglass form, I filled the hollow spaces between the two with expanding spray foam, and trimmed it with a hacksaw blade:



    That's all i've done for now- I'll post updates as they happen.
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    you never use ur back seat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02
    you never use ur back seat?
    Only to throw stuff in, The TA's and camaro's have zero leg room for rear passengers, and I'm 6'4" tall, so no one sits behind me ever.
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    sweet.

    That should look sweet, lookin forward to seein some more pics :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02
    you never use ur back seat?
    having a pc back there is a good excuse to not have to cart all your friends around all the time..... LOL

    Nice work on the TA too


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    Quote Originally Posted by kamikaze2112
    having a pc back there is a good excuse to not have to cart all your friends around all the time..... LOL

    Nice work on the TA too
    Earlier I was contemplating removing the entire back seas and make a new amp rack there and incorporate my PC, thereby increasing my cargo room, but decided against it because I sometimes carry 2 passengers max.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snootch
    Earlier I was contemplating removing the entire back seas and make a new amp rack there and incorporate my PC, thereby increasing my cargo room, but decided against it because I sometimes carry 2 passengers max.
    You could always take out the bottom part of the driver's side rear seat since its never used. Then the carputer could go where the seat used to be... just a thought.

    Looking good so far!

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    well, if my 'Fire ever becomes my toy and not a winter beater, the back seats will be comin out for sure.......


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    Hey, I have a TA too. What does your dash look like? What monitor and stuff. Your other work log shows "Bandwidth exceeded."
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    Done a little more work, Currently I'm waiting for foam and epoxy to fully cure. Here are a few more pics:

    Carpeted the rack:



    I also made a small PVC plastic housing for my Powermate that will keep it looking smooth on what was the ashtray in the center console:



    Magnezium- I just got all the pics from the other worklog transitioned onto my new server. Post up if they are not working.
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