Few months ago I found mp3car website. And I knew I had to have this in my car. So I ordered all the parts I needed for my project:
1. 2003 Mitsubishi Galant Climate Control Unit (HVAC).
2. 7� VGA touch-screen LCD monitor.
3. VIA EPIA SP13000 Mini-ITX Motherboard with embedded 1.3 GHz CPU and 6 channel audio.
4. 1GB DDR RAM PC2700 Memory.
5. Ampie Car Computer Case.
6. 160W Intelligent Automotive DC-DC Power supply.
7. IONE 2.4GHz Wireless Mini Joystick Keyboard.
8. Radio relocation kit.
9. Bluetooth USB Dongle.
10. Noise cancelling microphone.
12. External USB SLOT-LOAD SLIM DVD-RW/CD-RW Drive
13. 80 GB 2.5" Laptop Hard drive.
14. Wireless 802.11g USB network dongle.
15. �radioSHARK� AM/FM USB Radio tuner.
16. 7 ports USB 2.0 hub.
17. Microsoft USB GPS Receiver.
18. Wires, spray primer/paint, epoxy, sandpaper, elbow grease , etc...
I knew that I had to relocate the climate control (HVAC) first and then fabricate my original DIN panel to fit my 7� touch-screen monitor and CD/DVD reader/burner. And I wanted it to have original factory look.
I did not find any custom kits for my project beside the radio relocation kit.
I removed climate control module from my original HVAC control (the circuit board you see in the front of the unit), and stuck it in the plastic box. Mapped and soldered all wires from the Galant HVAC buttons and lights to that original climate control module. Then I used �Radio relocation kit� and some spacers to attach �new� HVAC unit to the original screw holes.
Monitor and CD/DVD burner in the DIN panel:
Cut-out the unneeded area in the original DIN panel. Disassembled brand-new monitor, cut-out plastic face-plate from the monitor, and using epoxy glue attached to the DIN panel. Removed the CD/DVD drive from the plastic enclosure, and using epoxy glue attached that enclosure to the bottom of the DIN panel. I filled all the gaps in the �new� DIN panel with the same epoxy glue. Then using a lot of elbow grease and sandpaper shaped the DIN panel to the state as you see on the pictures. Primed and painted.
The PC case itself looks exactly as amplifier and it�s a little bigger than the Mitsubishi factory amplifier. So I installed it under the passenger seat, similar to the way the factory amplifier is installed under the driver�s seat. I had to make custom wiring harness to connect my PC to the battery, ignition, and amplifier. You will not find any loose wires in my installation, everything has the factory (OEM) look.
The PC is running MS Windows XP Pro. For the car front-end I choose to install RoadRunner (free, open source car interface) from mp3car , it�s completely skinnable, so you can customize it in every way you want. To control my cell phone over the Bluetooth I installed PhoneControl.NET from phoco.net. When PhoneControl is installed it completely integrated with RoadRunner.
Third brake light:
Like I mentioned previously I want to maintain a clean factory look. I did not want my GPS sensor, Wireless network adapter, and AM/FM tuner to be visible. I noticed that Evos have a pretty big third brake light. I disassembled the brake light, removed the original large bulb and assembled a simple home-made circuit using 5 ultra-bright LED light. This gave me a lot of room to install everything I need (GPS sensor, AM/FM tuner and Wireless network adapter) inside.
1. Install ScanTool from ScanTool.net and integrate with my car Interface.
2. Install two web-cams. One camera facing forward (to record while I�m driving) and one camera facing backwards (camera will be automatically switched-on when I shift my Evo in reverse).