Here is a “bucket list” item for me, I went a little overboard with it. Total so far comes to about $1850 which includes the Tuffy console.
So, being in IT, and a computer nerd, I have always wanted an in-car PC (of course that is a general term, this is a Jeep after all), and finally I decided to pull the trigger.
Here’s the hardware I decided to go with:
i3-2100 3.1Ghz CPU
Foxconn H67S LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX
4GB DDR3 1333Mhz Crucial RAM
OCZ Agility3 180GB SSD
160w DC-DC power supply
Mini ITX case
Inelmatic 7” Sunlight readable screen, found a good deal on this and was the basis to start the build.
Micro Bluetooth Keyboard
GPS antenna, bluetooth dongle
HD/FM/AM radio tuner
NO CD/DVD drive
Hacked apart Logitech G15 keyboard with custom keys, and LCD (placement to be determined)
Next was the build plan.
Obviously the screen would go where the head unit is, simple. But where would the amp/or head unit go. Obviously the Jeep is lacking in space, and because I had an old alpine with an aux input, I decide to go that route. As far as placement, decided on a Tuffy Full console as it has a location for the radio and based on reviews is twice as functional and spacious as the factory console.
I am a car audio idiot, and had help with the wiring here – my Extended harness:
Console (pre wired for head unit):
Now locating the PC, too much money to put under the seat, having no doors often and well there’s always a chance of water. So I will be hacking apart some of the glovebox to locate in there.
Here’s the mount for the PC, wanted it to be sturdy yet somewhat easily removed if needed.
Me hacking up the dash, will be building a custom metal enclosure for screen that will allow for a removable screen and some water tight storage, possibly a second monitor…
And the system operating, with Centrafuse, next will be topo maps with GPS locations, routes and more!
Direct sunlight shot, still readable (looks better in person than pics). This is easier to read than my iPhone.
Finished product (for now)