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Old 12-05-2006, 09:31 PM   #1
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Default New fabrication project- think motorized clock pod LCD

So I am about to embark on another DIY project in my car.. Namely a Carputer. I had a whole bunch of computer parts kicking around so I figured I would throw them all together and have some fun.

System consists of:
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- Road runner open source front end
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I've chosen to go with the headrest version so that I can use the housing to fabricate my hinges and rolling mechanism. The motorized portion will actually be controld by an old gutted CD Rom tray that I can tell to open and close from commands from the computer (I am a .NET software developer so I should be able to do some cool stuff)


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I have an extra OEM clock pod that I will be fabricating the LCD screen into so that it opens like the JDM navigation system. And it will snap in using the existing pressure clips for the clock pod. For those who haven't seen it.. here are a couple of quick pics of the JDM navigation system.





I'll be posting my progress as I go along. Just waiting on my CF to IDE convertors so I can boot from Compact Flash and my copy of XP Home.

The goal is to make it look as OEM as possible with a custom fiberglass computer enclosure in the trunk of the car... should be a molded box with a raised Windows logo.
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Old 12-05-2006, 09:33 PM   #2
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Awsome. I want one! Looking forward to seeing the progress. How much $$ do you think you will have in it when its all said and done?
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Old 12-05-2006, 09:39 PM   #3
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All in total about $400-$500 including the LCD.. already had the motherboard, processor etc.. then just lots of blood sweat and tears
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Old 12-05-2006, 10:20 PM   #4
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that JDM nav pod is so sick. can't wait to see how this turns out.
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Old 12-05-2006, 10:34 PM   #5
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wow... i have never seen that jdm navi unit... i wonder why its not even an option in america.. im sure a good amount of people would be highly interested... such as myself
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Old 12-05-2006, 10:36 PM   #6
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it would interfere with the legacy/outback sales.
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Old 12-05-2006, 11:11 PM   #7
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Your going to ditch that minikey for something more PC friendly after about 3 days. Another much better and cheap alternative is the Logitech Netplay USB Playstation2 controller. Just detach the keyboard from the controller, toss the controller in the trash, and use the keyboard in the car like this...



BTW, what are you planning to use for media storage? Can't really fit a whole lot on an 8gb CF card after OS, drivers, and iGuidance Maps have been loaded.
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:55 AM   #8
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it would interfere with the legacy/outback sales.
hmmm... id like to disagree. first of all, the legacy/outback dont have navi as an option either, unless your talking about the spec b. aside from that, i dont think that the impreza and the legacy are considered competition for each other.
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:46 AM   #9
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My question is how is the screen goign to close? The AC Ducts are right below it and last time I was in there it didint have to much clearence.

Thanks,
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Old 12-06-2006, 08:13 AM   #10
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looking forward to the step by step!
nice to see there will be at least 10 posts in this thread before some knucklehead says:
"that won't work, why don't you just buy X and do what everyone else does?"
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:42 AM   #11
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You are my hero. I've been wanting to do this ever since I found out if you rip out the clock on road trips, those portable DVD players fits in there nicely and is at the perfect height and distance.
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:54 AM   #12
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Yeah, there is lots of clearance in there to make it all happen. As for storage, I will be expanding to more CF storage as needed, I have 2 CF to IDE controllers that should give me a total of 16G if needed...

And as for the thumb keyboard.. I have no worries about it.. I work for RIM (Blackberry) and type on thumb keyboards all day long

The screen will be on sliders and pivot its way back into the storage area.
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:00 AM   #13
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thats one of the freshist ideas i have seen in a while. props to u cant wait to see how it pans out
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:22 PM   #14
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Do you have a worklog on mp3car.com? If not you should start one
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:28 PM   #15
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Good luck Tim...this is going to be a nice winter project for ya!

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Old 12-06-2006, 12:30 PM   #16
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Awesome, I'm looking forward to this as I would like to move my double din Naigation to that spot and then have 2 dins for storage space.
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:41 PM   #17
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Yeah I will probably start one there as well
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:42 PM   #18
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Good luck Tim...this is going to be a nice winter project for ya!

Thanks Dan.. hopefully the pro-hockey thing is going well for you this year, you will have to check the finished product out when you get back for the summer.
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:32 PM   #19
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CF to IDE controllers came in today, now just waiting for my buddy to get me my copy of XP for cheap and we get the party started.

Also picked up a spare clock pod from a local TSC member for free for my project. The goal is for it to snap right in place in the OEM mounting holes.

Stay tuned
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Old 12-10-2006, 11:28 AM   #20
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to whoever asked if he would need more space...

if he is looking for more storage without having to use a HDD, he could always jsut use some kind of raid array to do so...
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Old 12-10-2006, 03:40 PM   #21
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i've always wanted navi in my subie without taking space away from my dins..i plan on getting a double din dvd deck and that way my passengers can watch movies while i look at my navi that way i dont have to switch from navi to movie everytime i get lost on a trip =D. good luck and can't wait for the results.
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:00 PM   #22
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that is super pimp man. Let us know how it works out! pics and video of it in action pls.
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Old 12-10-2006, 08:41 PM   #23
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that is super pimp man. Let us know how it works out! pics and video of it in action pls.
Will do.... just about to start in with the cutting of the clock pod.. I will post progress pics and post an AVI of it in action when it is working
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:08 AM   #24
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im interested in how you do the pod setup... id like to do this to my clock pod as well, so i can hook up a satellite radio setup.

can this be done with just a clock pod?
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:29 AM   #25
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that is one hellova Idea... DO IT!!!!
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