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Old 07-20-2015, 12:48 PM
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Here is my Dodge version (+4 decades) with a 1999 Durango and OMG617 from an 84 300D donor.
Where are you located? That build would be impossible here (CA) as the engine would have to be from the same year or later as the vehicle.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:53 PM
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Charlie what a fine build!!

Here is my Dodge version (+4 decades) with a 1999 Durango and OMG617 from an 84 300D donor.
Thank you.

Nice swap! Dakotas and Durangos of that era are my favorite pickup/suv design.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:05 PM
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South Florida Mercedes Durango

I am near Miami/Ft Lauderdale.

The Diesel sound does cause raised eyebrows on Dodge guys as they cannot recall a "Durango Diesel offering" from Dodge.

I LOVE the tablet Charlie did for gauges and would LOVE to get your program on it.
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Old 07-20-2015, 02:36 PM
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Marybeth,

Are you wanting the tablet for your Durango diesel?

If so, the problem is getting an tablet and app program to recognize and use signals from the old OM617 sensors. This I have not done. Dakota Digital sells an interface that might make it work, but I have not tried it. Looks like many, many headaches because it is way beyond my capabilities. Mach4 is our resident expert, and has developed a program (see post 78 on this thread).

If you want the tablet for a modern vehicle that has OBD--II diagnostics, everything you need is available commercially and is not too expensive. The tablet and "torque" app I used on the 36 coupe (with Chevy LS truck engine, trans and computer) is connected to the factory OBD-II diagnostics. Apps are available for both Droid and iPad operating systems. You can get a $10 wifi or bluetooth connector that plugs into the OBD-II diagnostic port and "talks" with the app on the tablet or phone. Most cars and trucks built in the last 20 years have OBD-II.

I have yet to permanently mount a table in the 36. The pic below shows a temporary mount. I used duct tape just to impress my friend, the Redneck Geek, who educated me on how to do all of this! Yes, he was impressed with the duct tape, but challenged me to make it a heads-up display (projected on the windshield)! No thanks.

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I documented my thought process on building a bluetooth enabled, Android tablet app for my engine instrumentation in this thread - Engine Instrumentation Project. I don't publish the code because I'm not a programmer and it's pretty much undocumented, brute-force, spaghetti code which is kind of embarrassing...and probably mostly unreadable.

This is not something that could easily be adapted to a different environment because everything is custom. Every time a sensor is added or changed both the Arduino end and the Android end have to have code (and possibly wiring) changes made. Every sensor has it's own output and this needs to be incorporated, often building custom algorithms for the readouts.

If you've got the ODB-II interface, Torque is definitely the way to go, and if you want to do something for an older setup, everything you need is on the internet in Android/Arduino/Processing documentation/forums...it just takes time and patience and trial-and-error.

I loved having it on the most recent 4500 road trip to monitor engine health and to ensure nothing got out of spec.
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I would use a different brand of Duct tape, but yes the hope is to use the sensors from the Durango (Water, oil temp, etc) and fittings so these sensors would fit into the MB engine.

I know several vendors sell GPS based Speed displays-so why not go full-if possible
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Marybeth - I have a Email off to one of my buddies in Ely, NV who has built a couple of these systems and has become quite a wizard with this stuff. I can't recall what hardware and software he's using but his will do everything but tapdance so he's got it sorted. All of his cars are let's say unusual applications (Big Block Buick in a Skylark, OHC six in a Firebird) so his instrumentation packages are not just a "plug into the OBDII port and go" kinds of situations. Assuming he's OK with sharing what he's learned I'll PM you with his address.

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Old 07-20-2015, 05:34 PM
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My daughter is an app developer ....... but I can't afford to pay her to develop a system for the OM617!!!!
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AWESOME

THANKS!
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Looking more like a truck now ...



..... but not yet very useful for hauling!

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Old 07-31-2015, 05:41 PM
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Looking more like a truck now ...

..... but not yet very useful for hauling
Looking really good! Love it..
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Old 07-31-2015, 07:41 PM
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Man I'm diggin that thing!
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Man I'm diggin that thing!
It's a "thang" all right!

I don't normally name my projects, but this one is the Fracking Truck, a name it came by naturally because I bought the stock truck from a guy who is selling oil well fracking equipment all around the world!

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Old 08-04-2015, 07:09 PM
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It's a "thang" all right!

I don't normally name my projects, but this one is the Fracking Truck, a name it came by naturally because I bought the stock truck from a guy who is selling oil well fracking equipment all around the world!

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Ha ha that's funny!
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More progress. Naturally, a Twelve Oaks Farms truck needs cowhide door and console panels ..





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