Today I started removing the Japanese head unit that came with the bus so I could fit the new double-din Pumpkin unit.
I removed the console fascia and pulled out the old unit. While it was apart I got some wipes and gave it a good clean.
I then connected the Pumpkin up to test it before installing it properly.
Before (with the crap on the buttons and fag ash in every crevice):
After removing and cleaning everything:
Here’s the Pumpkin connected up and playing some Seal.
I need to put some cables in there out to the rear AUX input and possibly to the wing mirrors for the cameras I’ve bought.
So far I’m really pleased with it, it sounds great!
As the bus hasn’t been converted to KMH I decided rather than fit a converter chip I’d just buy a replacement fascia that reads in MPH. This way the computer isn’t being fooled into thinking it’s travelling at a different speed.
I’ve seen two types on Ebay; Lockwood and some other cheap version. Unfortunately the cheap version is just that and from pictures I’ve seen the light diffusion is pretty poor. You can see the LEDs through it. I bought Lockwood.
Fitting was easy until I got to removing the needles. I tried to put all of the needles at 6 o’clock after pulling out the stop pins. I then levered them off carefully with a forked spudger. After the needles were off I peeled the old fasia off.
The new fascia doesn’t come with any adhesive and I had no thin double-sided tape anywhere, so I used superglue. BIG mistake. It eats through the printing and has left dark marks in the dials.
Anyway, I got the needles back on and put the dash back together. It all works fine from what I’ve tested so far. I just hope I got the needles back in about the right angles!