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    Nyeark's 1988 300ZX GLL of DOOM

    My car: a 1988 Nissan 300ZX GLL, N/A (non-turbo), 5-speed.
    It's my project, hobby, transportation, adrenaline rush and obsession, all in one.





    Carputer:
    VIA MII10000
    Custom (read: ****ty) case salvaged from an old amp
    M1-ATX
    256MB PC2100
    6GB Laptop boot drive
    40GB Laptop storage drive in USB enclosure
    No front end





    Speakers:
    Stock

    Amplifiers:
    Stock 4-channel
    MTX 342, 300WRMS, bridged





    Subwoofer:
    Infinity Reference 1230W
    Sealed Q-Logic box




    Power comes in off the battery via a 4-gauge cable (streetwires, bought off the FS/FT here, actually) through an existing hole in the firewall on the passenger's side, under the dash.


    It runs underneath the carpeting and trim to this distro block, located just behind the center console. 8-gauge rockford fosgate wiring, in-line fuses on both, go to the sub amp and carputer.



    Right now the carputer inputs to the speakers and sub (which is taking input from the same amp as the speakers via speaker-level) through the stock tape deck, via a tape adapter. This will change after I get a head unit, but first I want to get a front-end working for the carputer, and a better case.


    My first use of the carputer in my old car ('91 Infiniti M30) had no case. I then put it in a lock-box with a rectangle cut out for the motherboard inputs, but the case was too large and bulky to be practical.
    Currently it's inside the case for my old 4-channel Pioneer amp (which I accidentally blew up, then gutted), but it's pretty ghetto-rigged and I'd like something better.

    Also I need to switch to solid-state for booting - hard jolts and knocks upset the carputer and cause it to lock up or reboot, and my driving tends to include lots of these jolts

    Current plans for a front-end are an HD44780 LCD and tactile switches, since I'm too poor to afford a touchscreen (plus there's nowhere to mount it, or hide it, since I'm afraid of thievery when I have enough expensive stuff in the car as it is).
    The Snark says ˇNyeark!

    300ZX-PC progress
    Installed & working

    Remaining:
    Front-end
    Better case

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    I had a z31 a couple years back.. love those things.. can't wait to make my own project out of one. can't wait to see what you end up with!!
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    are you running into any grounding issues? any noise issues? or have you not noticed?

    any plans to clean everything up? you have quite the area to work with on that dash!

    also, did I miss it somewhere? where is your monitor?
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    No grounding or noise issues that I can tell. In fact it sounds not too bad for stock amp & speakers and a tape adapter.

    I eventually plan to clean it up, yes, but for now I can accept how it is (except the carputer case, it's got to go).

    And I don't have a monitor; it's controlled blindly. I plan to use a parallel HD44780 LCD instead of a T/S, for several reasons...
    one, I'm broke
    two, I have no place to mount or hide a $350 screen
    three, an LCD keeps up the 80's look
    The Snark says ˇNyeark!

    300ZX-PC progress
    Installed & working

    Remaining:
    Front-end
    Better case

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    hahah

    true on the last one for sure!
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    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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