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#1 Paul_S

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 06:34 pm

As I mentioned in Chubbs'  'reverse camera' thread, I have been asked to look into making a forward facing camera kit for the 370Z.

 

Obviously, you will need to buy a forward facing camera - NTSC, non flipped image, and without guide lines (since the Z will add them).

 

To be honest, that's all you really need because you can plug that into the video input in the centre cubby hole and select 'Aux' on the head unit.

 

However, I am going to try a video switcher that latches into the reverse camera input so it will automatically select the front & rear camera when you are shuffling the car in a tight spot.  You will still need to flip a switch to enable the front camera but the rest will be automatic.

 

I've done a wiring diagram, have all the components (albeit a temporary camera) and will be having a play with it all soon.

 

More news as it happens :)


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:38 am

I've made a prototype to prove the theory.  

 

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I'll see if I can get it installed in my car for Mod day :)


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:00 am

You using Tea as a power source?


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:03 am

Yes - have you read the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?!


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:06 am

R u claiming to be Slartibartfast?


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:10 am

Nah, I couldn't even spell it!


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:09 pm

I'm definitely Marvin...


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:10 pm

Don't talk to me about life...


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 02:22 pm

Prototype made a little less rustic!

 

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I temporarily used an old aerosol lid to house the switch needed to operate it:

 

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In normal operation the Nav screen works as now - Nav screen/radio, etc. when driving then rear camera when in reverse.  

 

However, flick the switch and the front camera shows up on the Nav screen, and if you select reverse the rear camera does, then out of reverse the front camera shows again, etc. until you select normal mode again :)


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:12 am

awesome work!


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 07:18 pm

I fitted this to Sarah's Juke today. I think it will be a permanent fixture once I get a proper camera for the front (on order).

 

My plan is to make 2 different looms, 1 for each car.

 

Let me know if you're interested in one :)


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 07:22 pm

You have been busy! You are a real clever clogs.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:42 pm

The theory is sound but I am still waiting for the camera to arrive :bang:

 

From what I can tell it's somewhere in Switzerland en route from China :?:  Anyway, the ebay seller has been good enough to put another one in the post for me...


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*one of 40 don't you know!

 
 


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Posted 29 November 2013 - 08:18 pm

Finally - the camera has arrived!

 

It's little:

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I asked for an NTSC one, and it says NTSC on the box, and it says PAL on the camera :doh:


However, for me it will be OK as my Lilliput screen accepts both formats.  If anyone with Premium Connect is thinking of getting one it MUST be NTSC.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:38 pm

I've not got round to fitting my front camera yet but this it one I just installed in Sarah's Juke:

 

 

The 370Z one will work in exactly the same way :)


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 04:54 pm

Holy cow Paul, that's impressive :notworthy:  I am completely useless at anything DIY so this is tantamount to the proverbial 'rocket science' to me!


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Posted 10 December 2013 - 11:03 am

Very cool mod, I'm looking forward to seeing it completed  :thumbs:  How come you didn't use the spare slot between the heated seat switches for the rocker switch?



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:39 pm

Thanks folks :)

 

So far this is on the Juke although I've already fitted the module to the Zed - just not fitted the camera yet...

 

I haven't got round to mounting a switch in the Zed yet.  I was thinking of using the blank between the heated seat switches (which isn't blank on the roadster) but I can't find a switch that matches well enough.  I think anything other than a Nissan rocker switch wouldn't suit.

 

I could go down a different route and use a push button or something though... Something to think about :)

 

The other option was to make it  automatic - speed sensitive so the front cam comes on below 10mph or so.  But I think it might be a hindrance because you might be stuck in traffic and need to use the Nav.


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*one of 40 don't you know!

 
 


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:29 am

Paul, why not get a nissan rocker from a breaker?

 

Could you then have 2 positions, one being a manual override for the rear camera too? (for staring that tailgater right in the eye, or in my case showing the passenger the hottie in the car behind without having to adjust the rear view mirror or turn around, neither of which are subtle).


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:53 pm

I was wondering about getting one from a breaker.  I thought it might be better to find something more 'sustainable' in that if I make any kits up, either like this or something else, I want to be able to buy the switches readily.

 

I like the idea of it being front / auto / rear mate :)


'A standard limited edition Yellow 370Zwith a plethora of minor bespoke mods' 

 

*one of 40 don't you know!

 
 


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