Project Cappuccino: Blitz DTT and Wrapping Up The Interior

While taking apart most of the entire interior to diagnose and repair a wiring short, we realized there were a few items we should install to improve our Cappuccino.  So before we finished installing the interior for the final time, here are the parts we installed to make the interior of our Cappuccino just a little bit nicer to live with.

Cappuccino Radio Pocket
In our previous installment, we decided to remove the radio and speaker from the Cappuccino. This was done in part to shave a bit of weight, but we were also unsure of our head unit’s functionality after being shorted. Removing the radio obviously left an ugly hole in the dashboard. To keep things sanitary and to add some useful storage to the Cappuccino, we bought a DIN-sized dash pocket. This particular kit is designed to work with Toyotas, Nissans, and some Volvos.
Radio Pocket with Brackets
With a little ingenuity, this kit can be adapted for Cappuccinos as well. These rather crappy brackets came off our old radio. If they could hold the radio in, they’ll hold our much lighter pocket perfectly.
Cappuccino Radio Pocket Installed
With the pocket screwed in and all of the surrounding trim installed, the result is almost factory. It’s big enough to hold a cell phone and that’s what’s important. There was zero phone storage in the Cappuccino before. We had to resort to wedging our phone between the seat and the center console before we installed this pocket. We also hooked up the original cigarette lighter which had been disconnected for a three socket unit previously. A single USB adapter is all we need to power electrical devices in 2020.
Blitz DTT
After killing a turbocharger in our 240SX from not letting the oil cool, we really wanted a turbo timer in the Cappuccino. Turbos for these cars are difficult to find and even harder to replace, so we wanted to minimize the chance of killing ours prematurely. We picked up a Blitz DTT on eBay to remedy this issue. Not only does it have a turbo timer, but it also has a built-in boost gauge and lap timer. The majority of the electronics are in a big control box that’s mounted under the dash, while a remote unit shows the boost reading and the cooldown time. This means the unit takes up very little dashboard space, a critical requirement for a Cappuccino. Plus the part is old enough to fit the spirit of the car. We don’t really want a modern Cappuccino, a somewhat retro, early 2000s “JDM survivor” look is what we’re aiming for.

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