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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-17-2001, 11:43 PM
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Computer monitor finished & installed on CBrack

Finally got the computer monitor finished. Made of 1"x6" solid aluminum block. I made everything including all nuts and bolts.

Looks like I will be handling the Lite'n Boltz as a wholesale distributor if anyone is interested. Check them out at: http://www.designengineering.com/page46.html They were originally designed for licn plate lights, but they work great inside too.

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Looks good, great craftsmanship. I'm afraid my jeep would beat a monitor to death. Those Lite'n Bolts are pretty cool, how much for a couple?

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I have a couple of them now that were sent out for inspection. They look very good. Will know in the next couple of days about distributorship. It has already been offered, but I need some alterations to their stock sizes. Supposed to know something about that this week.

Retail is supposed to be $25 per pair. Summit Racing sells them for $19.62 a pair but charges an additional $6.95 for shipping and handling. I will probably be getting them in bulk - not prepackaged in pairs - so can sell them individually.

The plan now is to sell them for $9.95 each plus about $2.00 for shipping. No shipping charge if ordered with a CBrack.

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A computer monitor in a Jeep? Isn't the idea to get away from it all? I can see it for a GPS, but I like my Jeep to get "unplugged" from it all! Nice work though Doug. Your buddies TJ really does have it all now.

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Aren't you using the monitor for your GPS. Just have the CPU portion stashed somewhere else. If so he is probably using some sort of topo maping software in conjuction with his GPS. We got the DeLorme Topos for Alabama and Florida, at $125 each. Expensive, but worth it if you have the stuff to run it correctly.

I like the monitor. Could you show a pic of the viewer side. Do you just take the monitor out of the housing and install it in the new aluminum housing using longer connecting cables?




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This monitor is for a GPS setup. He feeds the GPS into the computer's mapping program, and the computer feeds the result into the small LCD that we just finished. Formerly he had the computer itself mounted on the CBrack. This makes a much cleaner setup.

His first demo to me after the finished install was to run some digital video of a trail from the computer into the new LCD. He can watch movies while wheelin'. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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I like the monitor. Could you show a pic of the viewer side. Do you just take the monitor out of the housing and install it in the new aluminum housing using longer connecting cables?

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There is a reason why I did not take pics of the viewing side. The monitor wasn't installed. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] Customer came from work and forgot to bring the monitor, but will get some pics later.

The LCD was purchased as a component only. It had no case of it's own. I have no idea what it was originally built for. It measures about 4.5"x6" and is about 3/4" thick. I think it is made by Sharp, and I think the cost may have been in the $400/$500 range, but have no PERSONAL knowledge of that.

It will remain in the case I built. Wiring from inside the CBrack, power and computer connection, will come through the mounting bolt that attaches the bracket portion of the unit to the CBrack. If you look closely at the photos, you can see the hole in the bolt. The connectors in the LCD housing are not installed in the pic either. You can see those holes too, if you look closely.

The computer that was formerly mounted on the CBrack will continue to perform its function. It will be "stashed" in a more convenient location. Probably the supply line from the computer to the monitor will remain in place so that the computer can be plugged in more easily.

The resolution on the LCD is not up to portable computer specs. I think it may normally be associated with small screen TV as opposed to computers. Just a guess, but it works well enough to use with the GPS mapping program, and certainly produces fine TV type motion video.








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