The Jeeputer!

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
USB wifi
NO CD/DVD drive
Hacked apart Logitech G15 keyboard with custom keys, and LCD (placement to be determined)

Here’s the unit, mostly assembled:
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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:

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Console (pre wired for head unit):

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Removed factory:

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Console installed with head unit:
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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.

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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…

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And the system operating, with Centrafuse, next will be topo maps with GPS locations, routes and more!

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Holy wires!!!

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Direct sunlight shot, still readable (looks better in person than pics). This is easier to read than my iPhone.

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Finished product (for now)

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