Finally I get off the CAD and into the
machine shop. Here I am cutting out the chassis from .080" Aluminum 5052-H32.
Afterwards I bend it up on a small brake. |
The toughest part was machining the Stock
radio bezel. Not being flat made it difficult to hold and being plastic, it
vibrated all over the place. In the end, I had to take many light passes, each
about .030" deep. I only had to remove the top and bottom flanges on the radio
|| Skipping over a bunch of
the machining, here is the aluminum chassis with the EIPA installed. Also, the
HDD is suspended in Sorbothane which is inside the 2 box brackets. I ended up
using 1/2" cubes on all sides of these box brackets, which came out to a total
of 6 on each end of the HDD. It floats in there nicely.||
||Another view without the HDD.
Notice the Lilliput LCD mounted to the front of the chassis.
||From the front, you can see
the touchscreen is nicely housed in what used to be a 8" x 5" x 3/4" 6061-T6
billet. The LCD attaches to the chassis with vertical and fore-aft adjustability
using slots in the brackets. This way I can dial in the position with respect to
||Close up of the bezel's
||Here is the complete
assembly, before it gets put in the car. I'm not sure if the final version will
be anodized black or clear. The brushed aluminum look is not bad.
||Here is the dry fit in the
car. Everything looks like it will fit. None of the wiring is done yet, but I'm
still about 2 weeks away from my Opus power supply showing up.