Yeah I'm a member of that group. The whole Mac section of OCN is pretty dead.
Started out with a 14.5" x 19.5" piece of sheet metal
My dad cut out this section using the band saw. This is so the PSU still fits. I wish I didn't have to have a PSU in there. It would make things much easier.
For some reason I never put a photo of the machine in here before that I can remember so here's the brake I'm using
I set a stop at 6.5 inches and bent it, then set the stop at 2 inches and bent it downward
I bent a tab at the top for screws
It was a major pain in the ass to get in the case the first time. I had to notch the bottom corners.
Put the PSU in and screwed the metal to the top of the case. As usual, my holes are off so I have some adjusting to do. It's hard to tell in the photo but the new piece sits 1.5" away from the original side panel.
I've got a three day weekend so I should have plenty of time to work on both my projects. I'm looking forward to being able to work inside this thing again. I think this will make it much easier to work on once I get it set up right. It was very difficult to plug the drives in as it was.
I want to include something like this into the build somehow:
My original plan was to put a brushed stainless cover on top of the radiator and fan with "Apple Computer" cut out of it but now I'm thinking of cutting out an apple shaped hole for air flow into my new side panel, paint it, make a stencil of the letters and sand blast the letters into the panel. I don't know if that would look good with the galvanized steel though.
This is the color I'm thinking of using.
I'd do the silver part of the plastic side panels in that color, do the middle in flat or semi-flat black, and do the apple logos in gloss black. Not sure if I want to paint the handles. I was thinking of doing the paint on the inside to keep it somewhat original looking but maybe it would look better if I did paint the handles.
Let me know what you guys think of my ideas