I actually got to start on the mod for real today! WOO!
I spent the morning running from store to store to find stuff for another work project and ended up picking up a new gizmo for this project but more on that later.
An email showed up first thing this morning (it actually woke me up when my phone yelled at me) saying that my package shipped, but when I looked at the tracking number it said "Out for delivery". SCORE! with that knowlage in hand I decided it was time to start making progress on the stuff that will require the stuff in the box.
as you may remember I taped up all the brushed aluminum parts the other day. time to cut some of it out haha
fan holes and screw holes clear.
I put the radiator that was in the Reactor under the top just to get an idea what the spacing would be like when I got the new on under it
that screen is pretty. i think ill have to pick up a couple more of them. thumb screws will NOT be staying.
BUT. I'm going to need another hole for that
I wanted some rough idea for where it will be
wile I was cleaning up to build the table i found a left over sheet of acrylic from the Reactor build.
I didn't use this one in the last build because it was quite a bit harder than the other stuff I had and is MUCH harder to work with as its more brittle as well but I figured it would be ideal for making a jig
why make things harder than they need to be?
yea.. ill just use the top to make a jig.
I mentioned above that I got a new gizmo....
I'm kinda surprised that i never picked one of these up before. they are cheap!
it works good too
but I dont think ill be making turns with it.
this should work out nicely.
ALWAYS drill pilot holes when working with acrylics... if you dont you WILL split it
then I glued some pegs in with a 2 part epoxy. and you can see where I screwed up and cut the hole for the peg too fast and fractured the acrylic....
i think its gorilla glue but it hasn't had a wrapper in a very long time
pulled out an old standard to cut out the middle portion
going to use that milling type bit to just hog every thing away
I didn't want to take out too much material so I cut inside the line
Good enough.... I can clean it up by hand
I did discover a problem with the new shop....
I don't have a vacuum that I can just keep up here...
at this point I needed to leave for work and stuff but RIGHT as I was locking the door a big brown truck showed up with a little brown box!
I'm sure you figured out what was in that box by now but w/e. PICTURES!
the paint is a bit chalky and kinda feels cheap but the build quality of these radiators seems to be at least as good if not a little better than the EK rad I already had
360 for the top and a 420 for the front. In my head they didnt seem like the size difference would be as drastic as it is but that was me just not really thinking about how big 2cm is....
I do love my job.... i get to see and work with all kinds of cool stuff
and with the trees changing and all that its just a really pretty place to work too
after work I went to the other work shop for a while to do some work on my airplane and then work on this project a little
any one that saw much of the Reactor project probably saw a couple pictures of this thing in a 2 car garage before it was finished and flying
it was time for the annual inspection so we figured since it was going to be down for a few weeks any way we may as well make a couple upgrades wile we were at it.
so I pulled the engine and tore it down to install a 5th bearing and get the heads redone since we were never 100% happy with how they turned out the first time.
this is the other airplane in the hanger at the moment
I do some free lance maintenance work on the side for some extra cash now and then. The owner of this one is one of my better clients at my real job and asked me to do his annual since he knows I wont charge him shop rates and I have done quite a bit of work on his other airplane in the end we both win. (random side note.... the guy that owns that biplane has been on a bunch of History Chanel documentaries)
you guys aren't here to see airplanes or airplane engines though (if you are let me know... I can EASILY work in more airplane pictures haha) so back to the case mod
finished up the fan hole jig with some hand files. I needed to do this at the airport since nearly all of my tools are there and will be staying there.
since I had the new radiators I figured I should check to see how this one fits wile I had everything unpacked
I think it looks good right there. too bad it will have to be protected by that screen.
its looks like it might be a tight fit once I get the case assembled again and throw a drive in the top slot...
but it worked out exactly how I had hoped it would.
up till now I have only worked during the day with sun light flooding through the sky light. but I knew I would end up working after dark now and then as winter is rapidly approaching and the days are getting shorter...
those lights throw even more light than I thought they did. I might not even need another floor lamp like i was planing to pick up later this week
I didnt do any work when I got home as it was time for brews and hockey (GO BRUINS!)
we all just ended up at my house instead of going out to a bar...
I hope you all enjoied the update as much as I did working tords it today. hopefully tomorrow ill get that third hole cut in the top panel and we can see what that rad will look like in its eventual home from the top.
comments and suggestions and all that are always welcome