I wrapped the base carpet around the edge. The top panel couldn't be trimmed down enough to fit with the carpet wrapped around the edges. So when it's placed in you can see the plywood edges of the top at certain angles. Along with the vent cutouts were a bit too large due to a router depth setting error. So today during lunch I ripped down some solid red oak and dato'd some plows into it. Going to assemble the frame tomorrow then Wednesday after some sanding hope to put a couple coats of poly on it.
Put on 3 coats. Didn't take a pic of the last coat. Will take a pic tomorrow after it dries. Installed the LED's. Also bolted down the latch with a pair of nut/bolt combos. Didn't like a self tap in MDF.
If anyone is wondering that small green circuit board and black power supply below it (in the pic) is my light triggered switch for amp turn-on. When running a carPC there's no good way to tell the amps when to power up. Normal headunits have a remote turn on lead for this purpose. I thought about running an ignition-on feed to the amp.. but in an effort to avoid any pop's during PC boot I decided to install a LDR (light dependent resistor) over the LED power indicator on the soundcard, and ran it back to that circuit I made. That way the amps wont power up till the carPC is fully booted. The power supply was required because of the fluctuating voltages of a cars power system.
Got the amp rack mounted, and wired up the LED's to the trunk light circuit.
I'm going to remake the front fascia piece out of 1 continuous piece of wood with a bump out for the latch. Will look cleaner. Also need a catch strap to keep the amp rack from swinging all the way vertical.
Tru Tru. I haven't done a carPC since prbly 2003 in my Focus. Software has come along way. I like the idea of having full crossover, eq, ta, and other tricks available with a few keystrokes. Also MP3, CD, DVD, FM, Bluetooth, and Internet Radio is a plus too.
Grr.. running into an issue with my USB hubs. If the power supplies are on before you connect it to the PC you're set. If you connect the PC and power it up before the hubs power up on their own it starts pulling madd power from the PC USB and none of the USB devices work due to lack of power.