Now I start putting the cabinet back together. I didn't take any pictures of this process, but its pretty simple. First I need assistance to bolt the sides onto the base. I had my girl hold the sides in position while I drive the mounting bolts into their recievers using a nut driver on a drill, so it goes quickly.
Once the two pieces are on one side, I drive in the 6 allen head bolts that attach the sides together up top. Repeat for the other side, and the sides are attached.
Next I attach the shelf that holds the consoles. Then the shelf that holds the 5.1 surround reciever and dash. Both of these shelves screw to rails that are screwed into the side panels, connecting the sides together and adding rigididy to the cabinet.
After mounting the 2 shelves, I attach the two cross-members. The speaker panel first, then the rear crossmember, using some more of the flat-head allen bolts.
Before I can slide in the rear panel pieces (tail-light piece and window piece) I solder fan connectors onto the tail-light power leads (coming up thru the base), and the wires coming from the tail-lights, so I can easily disconnect them. I used some extra fan silencers that I had left over from some Noctua fans for the connections. I also used one for the dome-light connection.
I had the intake fans (located on foot panel) and the tail-lights getting power from the pc psu, but realized that this was not going to work. I mean, they worked fine, but they would only work when the pc is powered on. Since this machine will be using a pc, ps3, and Xbox 360, I want the fans and tail-lights to work even when the pc is not powered on, so I added a dedicated 12v power converter that I was using previously, and connected the fans and tail-lights to this. The dome-light and cigarette lighter will also get power from this 12v power converter also.
After soldering and shrink-wrapping the fan-connectors to the wires, I slide in the lower-rear panel into the slots that are routered in the sides. then hook up the wires using the 3-pin fan plugs. Sweet! Edited by bob808 - 1/23/11 at 8:58am