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New here, with KITT-inspired ZX2!

Post by Starship » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:58 am

Hi! I just joined the board after checking it out for a while. Ever since I first saw Knight Rider back in college, I've been facinated with the KITT interior. My current car is a 2002 Ford Escort ZX2, and I have re-done the interior with inspirations from KITT. You can check it out at http://www.cardomain.com/ride/390119

Obviously, it's not a true replica -- it's not a Trans Am -- but I think you'll be able to see the influence. One thing not in these pictures is a scanner that I put in the front. I got a JC Whitney scanner, cut into the front hollow plastic bumper and mounted it there, and put smoked plexiglas over it. I hope to have pictures soon.

And, to address a topic I have seen here before, to get the jet-turbine sound that KITT makes, I recorded a similar sound on an endless loop tape, which is hooked to a small amp and outside speaker under the car. Anytime I want the jet sound, I just throw a couple switches on my overhead control panel. Of course, being such a simple system, the pitch doesn't rise and fall with speed. :D
I try to put a little KITT in any car I own!

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Post by TurbomanKnight » Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:10 am

DUDE! THAT INTERIOR IS WICKED!!!! :shock: Too bad it's a Ford. =( (I am a huge anti-Ford Advocate)

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Post by LadyV2000 » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:38 pm

Wow! Your interior looks sweet! Welcome to the board!
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Post by trooper TK-WHA?? » Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:32 pm

To quote the great Jay Sherman:HACHI MACHI!!I especially love the shot with nothing but the consoles giving off ambient light.It must be awesome driving at night with that cool glow.
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Post by LMolineux » Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:46 pm

Nice setup i am impressed at how you did that. Looks nice so most is for show but what actually works.

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Post by Starship » Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:32 pm

Thanks for checking it out! And most of the switches and displays do work! The digital-style dash is not really functional (it's an overlay that allows me to see the analog needles pointing to the LED digital numbers), but there is a functioning digital speedometer in the overhead control panel. And the other displays, such as the G-meters, temperature readout, and voltmeter all work.

The Commodore 64 computer, which is hooked up to the screen above the rear-view mirror, is also functional. It can display vehicle speed, acceleration, performance data, and even simple tracking functions. It is hooked up to a working 5 1/4" drive that is mounted between the two front seats (not visible in the photos). I wrote the programs using BASIC, and I load them from the disk when I want to run them. On the Cardomain site, page 4 gives a detailed description on what the displays and buttons do.
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Post by FuzzieDice » Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:01 pm

AWESOME!!

Hey, if you want, check out the Lilliput BlaXtream TC-1000 Car PC! Here's a link:

http://lilliputtech.manufacturer.global ... roduct.htm

This is made especially for cars and I'm sure will even run WinXP Pro or Linux or whatever you wish.

I want to get one of these for my car someday, maybe. :)

Also check out Zabaware.com for a neat AI/Chatbot!

You got yourself one heck of a cool car there! I want to computerize my car more as well.

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