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lilguy
Hey all, Ever since i got my ST204 I've always wanted to do it up nicely. Since then i have been doing this and that so figured i would put up what I have done so far.

The day i got my car...




First and most important to me is Sound! So getting started on the boot install...






Found a nice cheap donor car to source some parts off of. Pic of my Celica and the new Donor one...


The new hole for the sunroof...




Thanks for taking the time to look
More updates to come smile.gif
BonzaiCelica
nice work. ha i've never seen a member actually install a sunroof on the celica that never came with the sunroof.
lilguy
Small update on the Boot install...




and the sunroof installed and working like a charm




Also some small flushing of the body, Removing all unwanted things...








Had my new Viper Remote Start alarm arrive so that will be getting installed soon along with some door solenoids and one for the boot to pop them via remote.

jordisonjr
You installed your own sunroof?!
Pretty impressive.
celica74
Impressive job with the sunroof. Dont think many would even think about taking a saw to the roof of there car.
Ted95
shaved door handles like a hot rod, nice touch.. thumbsup.gif I guess that's why you installed the sunroof right lol jk
lilguy
QUOTE (jordisonjr @ Mar 5, 2013 - 6:23 AM) *
You installed your own sunroof?!
Pretty impressive.


Thanks smile.gif

QUOTE (celica74 @ Mar 5, 2013 - 12:44 PM) *
Impressive job with the sunroof. Dont think many would even think about taking a saw to the roof of there car.


Thanks also. Yeah when i started and had about 1 foot of cut roof i was like ohhhh ****.... then i had the whole hole in the roof and worry or **** not working kicked in lol.

Of course when i got the sunroof in and done i wired it up for testing and it just made a horrid sound and would move about 3mm lol. I had like a nervous breakdown as i was too keen to do it i didn't even check the working condition of the sunroof *facepalm* Ended up tearing it all down and cleaning all the moving parts and re greased them, put back in still no go....

Took the motor assembly apart and one of the cogs had about 25% of its teeth worn right down so it was stuffed, got some quotes to get one machined up and was looking at $100-$250 mark... So i went on a hunt in my shed and managed to find a perfect fit out of an old remote control car i jsut cut it up a little and retro fitted it.

Works like a charm now biggrin.gif


QUOTE (Ted95 @ Mar 5, 2013 - 1:21 PM) *
shaved door handles like a hot rod, nice touch.. thumbsup.gif I guess that's why you installed the sunroof right lol jk


ahahahaha yeah tongue.gif

nah boot will have auto pop and still have key just in case xD
kloudkicka
wow, impressive, i always wanted to put a sunroof in my own ride, but way too scared to cut the roof, and i still am hahaha, props for having the guts to take on that project
lilguy
QUOTE (kloudkicka @ Mar 5, 2013 - 2:14 PM) *
wow, impressive, i always wanted to put a sunroof in my own ride, but way too scared to cut the roof, and i still am hahaha, props for having the guts to take on that project


Too be honest once you start you do realize actually how easy it is to do... Like if you have a fully working sunroof the install will only take a few hours give or take some time depending on how much sanding you have to do to make it fit the hole snugly.
JoshuaM

Australian member - woot!

OEM sunroof mod - that's gotta be one of the best value mods going. Nice to see you going out and trying something different smile.gif You need to post vids when you have that alarm system with door solenoids going too!

So obviously you have some painting to do now... Are you keeping with the same colour? smile.gif
lilguy
Yeah man will get a video up once its all in.

I plan to be going with a green color basically the same as the audio brand "Fusion" as i will be running all Fusion sound gear apart from a carPC that im setting up myself. (It's almost the same as the newer Ford green that you see on the XR6/8 and Focus)
bLaCkFoXsA
Ohhhhh no love for the welder/fabricator/panelbeater/motivational speaker in this job kindasad.gif
Glory hog.
lilguy
never any for you.... biggrin.gif

*bLaCkFoXsA is my go to know it all to get sh!t done smile.gif
bLaCkFoXsA
Better smile.gif
Smaay
shaving door handles is a very bad idea, IMO
njccmd2002
kindasad.gif
QUOTE (Smaay @ Mar 6, 2013 - 2:31 PM) *
shaving door handles is a very bad idea, IMO

JoshuaM
QUOTE (Smaay @ Mar 6, 2013 - 3:31 PM) *
shaving door handles is a very bad idea, IMO


Might look a little weird... But I think it would be awesome biggrin.gif (although maybe a little tiring if it is a DD)

On that note, is this going to be a show car or just a pimped out daily? smile.gif
lilguy
Idea is to get it to show car standard... And what would make Shaved doors with door poppers tiring for a DD, it basically the same as remote locking...
JoshuaM
QUOTE (lilguy @ Mar 6, 2013 - 11:11 PM) *
Idea is to get it to show car standard... And what would make Shaved doors with door poppers tiring for a DD, it basically the same as remote locking...


Idk, I've never actually seen them before tongue.gif I think it will be cool though smile.gif
kurt95gt
QUOTE (lilguy @ Mar 6, 2013 - 11:11 PM) *
Idea is to get it to show car standard... And what would make Shaved doors with door poppers tiring for a DD, it basically the same as remote locking...

There cool till the first time your battery dies lol
Then you find yourself crawling through your trunk to be able to pop your hood so you can jump start your car then debate weather there worth keeping on your way home from work an then spend your Saturday moving your battery into the trunk so that never happens again
True story
Ted95
QUOTE (kurt95gt @ Mar 6, 2013 - 11:21 PM) *
Then you find yourself crawling through your trunk to be able to pop your hood


don't forget up and over the massive bass box lol

I think its a cool looking mod seeing a grew up around old hot rods which is a common thing for them. but I can see where it could get your car into trouble. . our cars are easy enough to break into even with the door handles let alone a little hidden button to pop the doors open.

I think it will look pretty clean once done though!
bLaCkFoXsA
He's running a boot mounted battery for the sub installation
lilguy
dual battery and looking at a viper backup battery for the alarm if its needed, also the door poppers can have an external mounted button for backup if the remote is to faill
kurt95gt
Make sure you put at least one of those poppers on then lol
My buddy didn't on his 97 accord 4 door (shave all four handles lol) an had to do just what I said lol
lilguy
haha yeah i will have to. but worst comes to worst at least its a hatch with easy cabin access from the back not like a proper boot, id be truly stuffed then
lilguy
So a minor parts update, Not much more progress made that is picture worthy yet....

Got the Viper alarm about 25% installed (Just the remote start atm) Remote Start Demo
The wiring was such a head f**k to get right and how i wanted it. Basically it wanted me to do some stupid sequence of foot on break, handbreak and some other **** that has to be done perfectly to enable the remote start and it had to be done each time i planned to remote start it....
So I've overridden that so I can remote start it whenever i feel. (Little risky if left in gear, But I figured I never park it and leave it in gear anyway)

Other than that a bunch of parts have been slowly arriving....

CarPC Power Supply designed for car use (Auto on/off with ignition)

7" Touch screen for CarPC. (Required a bit of work to get suitable for Dual din fitting: Pics

Dual Battery Isolator Kit

Another Monoblock Amp (Only got 1 more Monoblock and 1 more 12" sub, Then all my audio gear has been collected *bighappyface* )

and 5 Pin Relays



Hopefully i will get some s#*t done and get some more pics up soon
Malek
CarPC thumbsup.gif

I had one in my old Subie..It's amazing how fast you become a Computer Engineer when you're trying to figure out everything about it haha
rave2n
QUOTE (Malek @ Mar 29, 2013 - 9:08 AM) *
It's amazing how fast you become a Computer Engineer when you're trying to figure out everything about it haha


No...just no.
lilguy
QUOTE (Malek @ Mar 30, 2013 - 12:38 AM) *
CarPC thumbsup.gif

I had one in my old Subie..It's amazing how fast you become a Computer Engineer when you're trying to figure out everything about it haha


Yeah I'm quiet handy when it comes to computers so for me its mostly basic

QUOTE (rave2n @ Mar 30, 2013 - 12:55 AM) *
QUOTE (Malek @ Mar 29, 2013 - 9:08 AM) *
It's amazing how fast you become a Computer Engineer when you're trying to figure out everything about it haha


No...just no.


Why not frown.gif
rave2n
QUOTE (lilguy @ Mar 29, 2013 - 9:29 AM) *
QUOTE (Malek @ Mar 30, 2013 - 12:38 AM) *
CarPC thumbsup.gif

I had one in my old Subie..It's amazing how fast you become a Computer Engineer when you're trying to figure out everything about it haha


Yeah I'm quiet handy when it comes to computers so for me its mostly basic

QUOTE (rave2n @ Mar 30, 2013 - 12:55 AM) *
QUOTE (Malek @ Mar 29, 2013 - 9:08 AM) *
It's amazing how fast you become a Computer Engineer when you're trying to figure out everything about it haha


No...just no.


Why not frown.gif


Because a CarPc is just the tip of the iceberg in the responsibilities and education of a Computer Engineer.

It would be better suited to say you become a Car Audio Technician, then an computer engineer, or anything IT related from figuring out a simple CarPc. I know I'm being a prick about it, its just an annoyance I have.

Though, I do like the avenue you are going. Very similar to my goals when I get to doing interior. I just intend to use a ITX motherboard with a mounted screen in the din, instead of a CarPc, mainly because the CarPC will not have the rs232 ports I require for the engine monitoring I plan to create.
lilguy
QUOTE (rave2n @ Mar 30, 2013 - 3:14 AM) *
Because a CarPc is just the tip of the iceberg in the responsibilities and education of a Computer Engineer.

It would be better suited to say you become a Car Audio Technician, then an computer engineer, or anything IT related from figuring out a simple CarPc. I know I'm being a prick about it, its just an annoyance I have.

Though, I do like the avenue you are going. Very similar to my goals when I get to doing interior. I just intend to use a ITX motherboard with a mounted screen in the din, instead of a CarPc, mainly because the CarPC will not have the rs232 ports I require for the engine monitoring I plan to create.



Not sure where your going with the ITX mobo instead of a CarPC? and a CarPC not having ports? a CarPC is basically a PC you put in a car.? take mine for instance, A Mini-ITX motherboard with an AMD APU powering it and a 7" touch screen installed in the dual din.... basically a miniature desktop PC.. as for engine monitoring, whats your plans there? You couldn't just use a OBDII to USB to get the readouts onto the PC?

Pic of my CarPC
Malek
Haha I figured someone was going to get butt hurt tongue.gif I go to an all engineering school and we call the CE/CS guys the liberal art majors of the school. And we call gym PA because the Petroleum Engineers get butthurt when it's called PE..

And yes, I've had to take a ton of EE and programming classes. Doing a CarPC isn't nearly as hard. Sorry for shifting you the wrong way Rave. Just havin fun tongue.gif

Edit: and yes, I programmed my pc with code I wrote. It's not my usual area of practice. I'm a Mech E..
rave2n
QUOTE (lilguy @ Mar 29, 2013 - 12:51 PM) *
QUOTE (rave2n @ Mar 30, 2013 - 3:14 AM) *
Because a CarPc is just the tip of the iceberg in the responsibilities and education of a Computer Engineer.

It would be better suited to say you become a Car Audio Technician, then an computer engineer, or anything IT related from figuring out a simple CarPc. I know I'm being a prick about it, its just an annoyance I have.

Though, I do like the avenue you are going. Very similar to my goals when I get to doing interior. I just intend to use a ITX motherboard with a mounted screen in the din, instead of a CarPc, mainly because the CarPC will not have the rs232 ports I require for the engine monitoring I plan to create.



Not sure where your going with the ITX mobo instead of a CarPC? and a CarPC not having ports? a CarPC is basically a PC you put in a car.? take mine for instance, A Mini-ITX motherboard with an AMD APU powering it and a 7" touch screen installed in the dual din.... basically a miniature desktop PC.. as for engine monitoring, whats your plans there? You couldn't just use a OBDII to USB to get the readouts onto the PC?


CarPC cannot do everything I intend to accomplish in the small package that it arrives in, I'll never argue its a solid unit. Mainly hardware. I would also like easier access to the unit for future upgrades and ease of wiring. As I intend to install the case under the passenger seat.

End result, I would like to be to pull over, connect my VPN via my cell, and address issues literally from the screen in my dash. Will even have a small pullout keyboard with roller.

Just saw the pic you put up. Yea that is different that want I recall from a CarPc, I thought you were doing the giant Din all in one package. You are going the exact route I want =P

Oh yea, my car isn't OBDII =/ Thus my creation of monitoring.
rave2n
QUOTE (Malek @ Mar 29, 2013 - 11:58 AM) *
Haha I figured someone was going to get butt hurt tongue.gif I go to an all engineering school and we call the CE/CS guys the liberal art majors of the school. And we call gym PA because the Petroleum Engineers get butthurt when it's called PE..

And yes, I've had to take a ton of EE and programming classes. Doing a CarPC isn't nearly as hard. Sorry for shifting you the wrong way Rave. Just havin fun tongue.gif

Edit: and yes, I programmed my pc with code I wrote. It's not my usual area of practice. I'm a Mech E..


Its no problem =P

Wasn't doubting your abilities, just saying the title was mis-used
lilguy
QUOTE (rave2n @ Mar 30, 2013 - 3:29 AM) *
CarPC cannot do everything I intend to accomplish in the small package that it arrives in, I'll never argue its a solid unit. Mainly hardware. I would also like easier access to the unit for future upgrades and ease of wiring. As I intend to install the case under the passenger seat.

End result, I would like to be to pull over, connect my VPN via my cell, and address issues literally from the screen in my dash. Will even have a small pullout keyboard with roller.

Just saw the pic you put up. Yea that is different that want I recall from a CarPc, I thought you were doing the giant Din all in one package. You are going the exact route I want =P

Oh yea, my car isn't OBDII =/ Thus my creation of monitoring.


ahh ok makes sense, yeah the CarPC game has changed a lot since them all in one units. now days its way better to make up your own as you said for upgrading and stuff

when you get that engine monitoring gear hand me some so i can get the virtual tacho and stuff on my CarPC wink.gif (im assuming for the 5s-fe? with no obdII frown.gif )
rave2n
QUOTE (lilguy @ Mar 29, 2013 - 12:14 PM) *
when you get that engine monitoring gear hand me some so i can get the virtual tacho and stuff on my CarPC wink.gif (im assuming for the 5s-fe? with no obdII frown.gif )


Will do, not sure if I'm going with an open source OS, or MS yet. All in good time I'll work it together.

Hmm my monitoring will be for a 3sgte, no obdII. I'm still working on the circuits for the monitoring I want to display, but once completed it should be easy enough to change the values based on engine. I can only assume there is already something out there doing the same, I just want a more personalized touch.

Either or, solid work on that "CarPC" nothing to critique there!
lilguy
Thanks man and GL with the monitoring gear. i needs it wink.gif its that or swap out to an OBD II engine of some sort tongue.gif
lilguy
So i got a bit bored and it was a nice night to do a little work so i got a couple things done...

The battery isolator for the Aux battery is installed and ready
Before

After


I also decided to make a start on the door poppers, So far just manual pop not wired to alarm aux channel yet to operate via remote
Popper Test


That's all for now smile.gif
lilguy
Hooked up the relays for the door poppers to the alarm system so I can now remotely pop the doors..

Sample activation

Yay for tiny update tongue.gif
lilguy
Little more work on the boot install....

The_enD
Nice build log, check out mine. smile.gif
He have a lot of in common interest when it comes to upgrades. The whole no handles, antena, sprinkler, car PC(tho I am going to put a laptop in mine), loud system. smile.gif
lilguy
QUOTE (The_enD @ Apr 16, 2013 - 3:02 AM) *
Nice build log, check out mine. smile.gif
He have a lot of in common interest when it comes to upgrades. The whole no handles, antena, sprinkler, car PC(tho I am going to put a laptop in mine), loud system. smile.gif



Thanks man, And will check yours out smile.gif
lilguy
Finished off the shaved door handles....



JoshuaM
Haha, Just a little dusty tongue.gif
lilguy
yeah all the bog/fiberglass work in the boot makes it a little crazy with dust
lilguy
Another update, did some messing around with the aircon control unit and changed the led lights to blue



lilguy
Back with an update. Been flat out busy trying to find stuff to do to avoid working on the celica haha *Slack bugger that I am*

more progress on the Boot install...


Henry (aka bLaCkFoXsA) actually doing some work... wink.gif


Bit of dust messing up photos -.-


Fill and sand, fill and sand, fill and sand....




Primer coat for a visual tester...






That and some not so pretty wood work that isn't important enough to be shown, Hopefully Henry will head out again to motivate me and get another good chunk of work done.
The_enD
Your hatch will rattle sooo much.
lilguy
QUOTE (The_enD @ Jul 12, 2013 - 3:48 AM) *
Your hatch will rattle sooo much.


All the Dynamat!!!! tongue.gif
Syaoran
Pfff, you'll need lead, not dynamat hahaha
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