I was trolling through the junkyard in the usual Jeep section awhile back and I came across the Grand Cherokees. I saw that almost everyone of them still had the vehicle information center display still in them. I seen online that these displays show the time and date among other things like issues with the vehicle and a top image of the jeep showing whats wrong. That's when it hit me; I'm going to make a clock for my room out of that!

There are two videos of the complete project below.

Step 1: Tools and Parts

        -- Jig saw 
        -- Power sander
        -- Wood glue 
        -- Hacksaw blade
        -- Wood 
        -- Soldering iron and solder

        -- Jeep VIC (vehicle info center) 93-97 Jeep grand cherokees ( $6 at junkyard)
        -- Wood for case. I used poplar wood from Lowes
        -- Wood stain and sealer
        -- Paint brushes
        -- switch (radioshack) $4
        -- power supply (scrap from work)
        -- any extra parts or pieces you come up with along the way
<p>this is a much better use for this over engineered idot light/lube sticker/mis-information center</p><p>does it tell your washer fluid is low</p><p>&quot;you've installed the wrong brake light bulbs &quot;</p>
<p>haha it tries to but gives up, it says brake light failure for about a minute when i first turn it on but it goes away until i turn it off and back on. </p>
<p>this is great!! i own a 99 wj grand cherokee (with nore problems than a lada ;_;) and wanted to do something like this. ill take some tips and make one for sure! thanks man for the inspiration</p>
<p>For sure man, be sure to show us what you make!</p>
<p>I would like one depending on how much you would want for one. If it'd save you money, I could try and pull a VIC from a Jeep at the pick 'n' pull... the VIC's were only good for time and date anyways. </p>
<p>I'd love to build you one, I'm in the process of relocating for a new job so it would be awhile before I can start on it. The parts aren't expensive and I do have an extra VIC so that's ok, This one took a week on and off to build so I'm not sure what a value on the overall thing would be at the moment. </p>
That is a very nice colored stain! I used it when I built my bed and the light in your photos unfortunately doesn't do it justice. It is a very beautiful stain and best photo'd in the sun lol
Thanks, you're too right about the lighting on it. pictures, especially inside don't do it justice!
If you want it bad enough, you could build a separate alarm clock into it with an Arduino. That would allow for a lot of options for your configuration and button interface. It might even be possible to rework the circuit a little so that the buttons on the VIC go to the Arduino instead, which would detect their being pressed and then send the necessary info to the VIC to set the time. Then you could program the Arduino to also use the buttons with a sort-of macro (multiple buttons pressed at the same time) to set the alarm. Like you hold one button and press the other to set it. Though it looks like that's how you set the time. In that case you'd just need to add a small macro button on the back instead.
That'd be awesome, It sounds like you got the whole idea down for this.
Haha. Thanks. I'm just going off of what I've seen other people do in their projects on here. I've never used an Arduino, and I know almost nothing about coding. But I know it can be done. I'm just not the one to do it. lol
I forgot to mention: <br>The Arduino would have a speaker, or a piezo, or something attached to it for the alarm, and you'd have a alarm function programmed in.
I really love this idea though! Great job! I totally want to make one now, but we still use both our Grand Cherokees. Haha!
You're a Jeep family too? nice nice We have two XJ's and a CJ
Oh, gosh, yeah. We still have our '94 Grand Cherokee Laredo which my younger brother now drives. We also have another one that is currently sitting. It just needs a pretty simple repair, but we just don't really need it at at the moment. Then my mother drives an '03 or '06 Liberty, and my dad drives an '06 Commander. They're great, and I guess I'd say my family stands by them.
So how do you wire it to show the 4wd? :)
Well, It will say &quot;full time&quot;, &quot;part time&quot;, or &quot;LO&quot; when its in 4wd mode and the front tires on the diagram light up. To make the &quot;full time&quot; words come on you need the GY/OR wire together with the BK/TN wire, and both of those connected to ground. That should make that come on. If its wrong it'll just throw a 4wd error message. Let me get back with you on the other words. The wiring is tricky. haha
I wish it was $6. I went and had to pay $32 at the junk yard. Found it in the last Jeep they had.
Ouch! That's quite a bit but still cheaper than the only guy on Ebay is selling them for
Instead of giving the side trim pieces a rounded angle, you could cut both ends of all trim pieces to a 45* angle, but cut the side trim pieces in such a way that they slide behind the top and bottom trim. That way it reduces the gaps you can see in pic #3. It would also be easier to use wood putty, because it would be a smaller area to be filled.
I see what you're saying. That's a good way to do the trim pieces
Nice, VFDs!
Very impressive. I have thought about doing this with an old radio I have I took out of one of my cars I had in the past (honestly cannot remember which one I took it out of or why I saved it. lol). Anyway, do you know of a way to hook up an alarm to it so that it can be an alarm clock? I have thought it over several time, but just cannot seen to come up with a way that would really work.
I've been trying to think of a way to add an alarm to it also, I don't know of any automotive parts that have a time related alarm on it. I considered scrapping an alarm clock and adding its parts to this one but I would have technically two clocks in the one case.
I'm thinking about something like this 3 or 4 years, but I have a whole panel from my old BMW E30 with clock instead of RPM meter.. But Im still thinking about battery supply (I have to measure power consumption first). So, great idea, and thanks for reminding me my old thoughts.. :)
I know exactly what BMW panel you are talking about. I've seen them in the junkyard. That would look great sitting on display on desk or something.
Brilliant, it looks really good. If it had a radio alarm, then it would be perfect.
I was thinking the same thing. I need to find a vehicle that has an alarm type thing built into its clock.
very smart.and nice..... look and the t.i.d from gm opel ...http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-OPEL-ASTRA-G-TID-INFO-DISPLAY-LS-GLS-CD-TID/261282799868?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&amp;_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D1205043617475254231%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D261184186781%26
That looks like a nice display also. I like that fact that it goes to an Opel.
It's trawling not trolling.
that looks absolutely beautiful! will definitely do this when i have time
Thanks! I was amazed myself. I had no idea where I was going with this as I went along. It just ended up being what it is when I took a step back and looked. Please share your version with us when its done and let me know if you need help with the wiring or anything.
If you can get the Vic out jeep forum has an article about getting rid of those codes which may help http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/coolant-sensor-bad-vic-removal-1228233/
Thanks for the advice. Those Jeep forums are great!
Very nice re-purpose.
Great idea!!! thanks for sharing.
That's a really great clock!! Great job!! You should add a chrome JEEP emblem on the top of the wooden clock body!!
I thought of putting an emblem on it actually. I was thinking about wood burning the word Jeep in with my soldering iron somewhere on it.
That would be cool too!!
Nicely done! A tip for the corners on the front is to cut the trimming at 45° to match them up and mount using a mixture of sawdust and woodglue. The sawdust mix can be sanded after and looks like wood.
Thats great advice. thank you for sharing it.
Very nice :-) Great idea
Very Nice clock Great Re-use of a bit of tech
very clever and nice

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