An ongoing project of mine is redoing my 1987 F-150. I started planning it at the beginning of 2012 and started construction that spring time. I extended out and built a center console from the floor to just above the dash. It has USB charging ports, an always live DC volt meter, two 12v plugs, an DC/AC converter, radio, two 6 1/2" speakers, cup holders that remove to reveal storage, extended the vent controls to be flush with it, and to top it off... my Acer Iconia 10" tablet that slides into the top of it all. That was phase one of my build because I wanted to do more. By the end of summer I started phase two.
Phase two came about mainly because I wanted my HAM radio mounted up by the roof. So I came up with a center console that runs from front to back then with a crossbar running across the back area. Here I have my HAM radio, speakers hidden in the back cross bar as well as hidden upper lighting, and a flip down monitor that I built and connected to it both my upper rear view camera and my Raspberry Pi. During spring break of this year, I replaced my constructed flip down monitor with a Pyle 8.5" swivel flip down monitor and added a second rear view camera at license plate level. I also mounted a dashcam on the window to record my ventures.
Photos of the project can be found here: http://www.f150forum.com/members/jezter ... lt-lariat/
The photos are before I swapped out the monitor (I need to take updated ones). The Raspberry Pi, if you can not tell, is under the plexiglass. It is mounted between some wood painted black and has blue lights that shine on it. I etched the symbol with a knife.
Right now, the Pi is running XBMC on it for all my audio and video needs because the tablet runs Ulysse Speedometer on it while I am driving. I control the Pi with the Lenovo Mini Wireless Keyboard (N5901/A). It actually works fairly well and can control my music pretty well without looking at it while driving. My music and any video I might want is stored on flash drives that I plug in to an expansion cable.
My future goal is to add wireless to the Pi and some type of easy control system. I thought about voice capabilities but all of the various noise and loudness might interfere with it. So I was thinking about using the GPIO and creating some type of push button system that would be mounted on the center console or something that would control the various control functions (play, FFWD, etc). Other than that, I am not sure what else I want to do yet...
I also have a second Pi that I am thinking of turning it into a retro gaming machine... or something.