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Old 12-27-2013, 02:30 AM   #1
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Lightbulb ghettotastic iPad install

update: 2014-01-06
more new pics on the website. They include some more bondo work and primer.

updated: 2012-12-29
I've redone the website with lots of pictures of the "custom" install. Go there to look at the high-res stuff. Post question here if you have any. Someone asked about the climate controls and I provided a rather generic answer. I felt bad so I took some pictures and posted them for your use.

http://www.j053.com

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ok, so here's another attempt at installing an iPad in our cars.

In this case I went with a budget setup. It's a lot easier than the custom fabrication required by other methods.

The video is a bit off center cause I'm not used to making videos so I don't really pay close attention. And the photos are blurry cause its dark in the car-port and its late.

But this project doesn't really require extreme visual detail to figure out.

Materials you'll need:

- ~8"x4"x2" Styrofoam block from Michael's craft store. I think those are about $5

- An iPad snap-tray. about $5-$30, depending which generation and where you get it from.

- Some Velcro or two-sided tape. About $5 at a hardware store or an everything store, like Walmart. I thought of the Velcro a bit later, but its a great solution if your swapping devices a lot.

- Painter's tape.

- (OPTIONAL) Paint if you want.

Tools:

- A pair of scissor's if you can't seem to tear the paper tape or you're critical about that sort of stuff. I am... I used scissors...

- A hot-glue gun if you want to affix the block to the trim. Hot-glue guns work best if you can create a mechanical lock between the objects you're gluing. Not sure if any exist around the double-din opening.

- (OPTIONAL) A razor to modify the block if need be.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Where did you get the bezel that moved the climate control down that I saw in the photos?
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:35 PM   #3
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We'll that's 10 minutes I'll never get back
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:00 PM   #4
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What did you expect? If you didn't want to see how the guy installed an iPad in his car then why the hell did you watch the whole video?

I think it's pretty cool to be honest. Nice creativity!
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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In any case, seems like a pretty good idea, just needs some refinement...in any case....I like it ...ummm in any case.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:31 AM   #6
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I must admit I am pretty jelly of this.....
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:37 PM   #7
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Where did you get the bezel that moved the climate control down that I saw in the photos?
It's all custom fabrication work. Fiberglass and bondo.
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Old 12-30-2013, 06:15 PM   #8
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It's all custom fabrication work. Fiberglass and bondo.
Maybe i missed something, but why go through all the work of relocating gauges and doing some nice fiberglass/bondo work if only to "ghetto-rig" the rest of the install?
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:26 PM   #9
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Maybe i missed something, but why go through all the work of relocating gauges and doing some nice fiberglass/bondo work if only to "ghetto-rig" the rest of the install?
No, you didn't miss anything. That's a great question. Specifically, the "ghetto" install is a quick and dirty option for those that simply want to "mount" an iPad without having to go through all of the "clean" install labor. That's the short answer as it relates specifically to this post.

I'm trying to not completely hijack my own thread by turning this into a "custom" iPad install.

I created this post after brainstorming and trying various iPad installs in my own car that have included side-sliding with a permanent 30pin connector.

This ghetto method will save you much heartache if all you want is your iPad where your radio is and do not want to get your hands to dirty. Is it pretty? No. It's simple and convenient and cheaper than a name brand "dock" for you car.

Regarding the "nice fiberglass/bondo" work, I do plan to continue with finishing the lowering of the vents and the color matching and stuff. Currently, I plan to use the ghetto method to do the final mounting of the iPad. It'll just be a bit more refined and finished. Color matched, etc.

Devising alternate methods such as, making your own tray and so forth, are superfluous. This is why I liked the snap tray. This is what I've learned through experimentation. I've tried my hand at polyurethane casts of my iPad 2, which cracked my glass from the heat. Not fun. I've made fiberglass trays, then joined it to the radio bezel. To labor intensive. I've even created plaster of Paris molds with reinforcing cheese cloth. To messy. The sliding sounds good, but does not provide a better "action" than a connect and snap in. I'll experiment some more. Perhaps I'll go back to a side slider.

I'm working on my console daily and will be uploading it to my website. So those of you that have an interest in this thread can check that site for new pics. Once I'm complete I'll see about creating a new thread for a "nicer" iPad install.

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Old 12-30-2013, 10:11 PM   #10
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...I think it's pretty cool to be honest. Nice creativity!
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In any case, seems like a pretty good idea, just needs some refinement...in any case....I like it ...ummm in any case.
ugh!!... I knoooow!!... I get nervous making videos and get all wordy, "In any case..."

I'm still horribly new to the whole "DIY instructionals." Maybe there's a "DIY Instructional" on how to make "DIY Instructionals?"
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:25 AM   #11
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ugh!!... I knoooow!!... I get nervous making videos and get all wordy, "In any case..."

I'm still horribly new to the whole "DIY instructionals." Maybe there's a "DIY Instructional" on how to make "DIY Instructionals?"
I did the same umm thing at a town hall meeting I umm had to umm speak at umm. Got home and looked at the recording (it was on public TV) and started counting my umms.

I really do like your idea. Made me think of how to mount one in my car. I was thinking of going with a single din head unit, and putting it in the dash with one of the adapter units with the pocket. I would put the head unit in the lower single din slot, and put a block with the ipad holder coming from the upper din pocket. It would sit high, but I don't think it would bother me.
Yeah your idea is ghettotastic, but it does get the ideas flowing. You or someone could even put a block in with an angle to it so it faces the driver better. It can certainly be made from better materials, or covered with glass and painted, or carbon vinyl wrap. Shoot the block could even have a stiff hinge allowing it to rotate so the passenger could use it.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:16 PM   #12
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"... Made me think of how to mount one in my car... Yeah your idea is ghettotastic, but it does get the ideas flowing. You or someone could even put a block in with an angle to it so it faces the driver better. It can certainly be made from better materials, or covered with glass and painted, or carbon vinyl wrap. Shoot the block could even have a stiff hinge allowing it to rotate so the passenger could use it.
This is awesome! Exactly what I was hoping for! Creativity in progress!!! Our cars are so awesome they deserve to be as unique as their drivers!!
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