How can I use my old laptop monitor as a screen for my computer (in car) ???

I'm rebuilding and upgrading my old laptop into a 'carputer', I removed the screen as a whole unit, however, i'm fairly adept with car mods and I believe I could adapt the centre console to take the 14" screen as opposed to a costly new 7 or 8" alternative. Electrickery is, alas, a weakness of mine, theres a very short lead coming from the screen, how would I extend it or change to a dvi or vga or summat??? Also the enclosure (standard screen off laptop) is quite bulky, what can I damage by taking the screen housing apart, whats in there... *carries on asking questions in a similar vein, getting more garbled and confused by the second*.....Any help would be greatly appreciated, as there are squirrels holding me hostage and they have guns and...BANG...."squeak, we told you not to say anything, squeak"........."Ah, nuts. I shot the hostage. (nuts, geddit?! sorry :-l)"......