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From: One Stone
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Subject: Re: Electronic Auto Dashboard
Organization: Chariot Internet - http://www.chariot.net.au
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 21:05:18 +1030
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 21:32:05 EST
Ed Price wrote:
> "Marc H.Popek" wrote in message
> > Why not make the Analog gauge that you have look good by:
> > backlighting
> > bezel
> > add any missing units
> > make sure all work
> > I kinda like the analog needle gauge anyway :-)
> > Marc
> > "Ed Price" wrote in message
> > news:iHKD9.firstname.lastname@example.org...
> > > Would anyone have any pointers about the construction of your own custom
> > > digital dashboard? I have an off-road vehicle (from the pre-electronic
> > era)
> > > that currently has the basic mechanical gauges, but I am re-building the
> > > entire dash console, so now would be the time to put in something fancy.
> > >
> > > I have found a couple of sites, but the cost is well over $1000. Even a
> > > small, generic LED dash panel goes for over $300. Perhaps the best route
> > is
> > > to salvage a dash from a junkyard and customize as desired. Most of the
> > > instrumentation is pretty simple (digital voltmeter with various
> > > but an electronic odometer is more of a challenge.
> > >
> > > Since after-market trip computers have been available for over 15 years,
> > I'm
> > > surprised that I haven't been able to find a magazine or web reference
> > about
> > > building your own digital odometer? Any suggestions or directions?
> > >
> > > TIA,
> > >
> > > Ed
> Marc & Gary:
> Well, discrete aftermarket gauges are my back-up plan. The existing gauges
> got pretty trashed from sun & water damage under the previous owner, so
> rebuilding them is not very attractive. An analog speedo still looks good,
> but I am concerned about how close I can match a commercial mechanical
> speedo gauge to the mechanical drive off the trans (as I have no idea about
> the ratio of the drive gears). An electronic speedo can compensate for all
> those variables.
> Once you have a digital axle-turns counter signal, you can then work toward
> an electronic odometer. I am looking for some inspiration in the area of
> counting, scaling and storing that data. Maybe a microprocessor is the best
> way to do it. But I have to find a comfortable balance of build / buy for
> the electronics (just as with the mechanicals, where I certainly don't
> intend to machine my own ball bearings). I don't think I want to start the
> project at the level of coding a Basic Stamp system.
> Although I would really like to have a caution-annunciator panel, I don't
> think I really need any alpha-numeric matrix displays. That simplifies the
> displays, since I can use multi-segment LED's and discrete LED's.
> Thanks for your thoughts.
I find that driving 7 segment displays is a bigger pain in the ass than
using an LCD, and can often work out to be more expensive. If you went
electronic the easiest way, certainly, of doing the speedo conversion is
with a micro. Get one with A/D and timer captures and you get to monitor
just about everything you want
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