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    '02 Chevrolet Silverado

    Ok, so far I haven't done a real good job taking pictures of my progress, but here we go......

    This is the front section of my center console where most of the components will be mounted:
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    The upper area housed a factory tape player, the lower is a stoarge are for CDs. The mother board will actually fit in the upper area, but there's no room for wiring and such.
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    Here I've removed the "guts" and screwed in a piece of 3/4" MDF: Name:  IMG_0105.jpg
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    Next, I glued in the sides:
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    I let the glue dry over night, and removed my new "guts" from the housing. This is the point where I neglected to take many pictures. I glued in a piece to attach the front bezel to, and the top. I fabbed up a DVD drive bracket, and screwed it in place. Lots of sanding, and coats of primer/paint later:
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    Here is a shot with an old CD drive mounted(not the one I'll be installing), and the front bezel attached. Notice the media reader/USB panel that I plan to mount in the lower area of the compartment. I'm gonna have to hack it up to make it fit, but I'll worry about that later.
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    Tonight, I cut out part of the piece that runs across the front to allow the media panel to fit, did some more sanding, and some more priming. I know not many people will ever see the paint, but I still want it to look good!

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    hi, I am thinking about installing a laptop just above the area that you are moding, where did you go to find out how to disassemble the console?

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    I just kinda figured it out on my own, but I'll help ya out!
    First you need to remove the rear section of the console. If you open the lid, you'll need to remove several phillips screws around the top edge. Next, there are 4 hex bolts in the bottom of the compartment. Then, take out the cupholder insert, it just pops right out. Remove the two hex screws that screw into the front section. You should be able to carefully work the rear section out, paying attention to the a/c duct. Next, if you open the CD compartment, there are two hex screws that secure the bezel to the front section of the console to the dash. Now pull the bezel back and up at the same time. If you look inside, all the way back, there are two more hex screws that fasten the front section to the dash. They're kinda hard to see, so you may need a flashlight. Once you get those out, there are two "finger" on the top area that you'll need to pop loose from the dash.
    That's it! I hope I didn't leave anything out, I'm doing this from memory!

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    thanks for the help that should get me started!!

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    Ok, it's not perfect, but it looks good enough:
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    Here is a rear view with the MOBO, DVD drive, and most of the wiring installed:
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    Another view:
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    Console reinstalled in the truck:
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    Here I've fabbed some brackets to hold a temporary mount for the monitor. I think I've decided to move the A/C controls to where the DVD ROM is, and put the DVD ROM directly below the monitor, both of which will be installed inton the dash:
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    Monitor on temporary mount:
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    I'm making a better temporary mount that will be painted, and the wiring will pass through a grommet into the dash.
    I'm also in the process of chasing down all the bugs and annoyances, but so far I'm pretty happy with the results.

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    Ok, Some shots of the new and improved temporary mount. Notice the volume knob I picked up from Navone Engineering:
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    I've decided not to use that media panel above, so here I'm getting ready to paint a custom panel that I fabbed up. It has a power & reset button, a power and HDD LED, and a 4 port USB hub:
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    Nice so far, subscribed to see your progress

    I'm going to fab a screen into the area you put your DVD drive. It one of these 7" dynamix widescreen touchscreens with a headrest frame. I'm going to fab the headrest frame in so that the screen is removable if I park it at the airport or similar.
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    Thanks! I guess I need to update my worklog. After a few months, I decided that the CPU was getting WAY too hot, so I'm building an "enclosure" under my back seat. It houses my amps, an 8" sub, the computer, and has some storage in the center. Here are some crappy pics I took with my cel phone, I'll try to get some better ones later:

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